September 20th, 2011 by Kristofer Anderson
For those of us lucky enough to live in year-round golf climates, the golf season is just beginning. For everyone else the colder weather is moving in.The PGA Tour is ending the playoffs at the Tour Championship this week. Webb Simpson in the Cinderella kid of this years FedEx Cup season. Two wins, and four top-tens, in the last four weeks have made this season something special for Simpson. Webb nearly had his first victory earlier this year at the Transitions, but lost in a playoff. Now Simpson has the chance to win the FedEx Cup, cash the $10million USD check, and place himself at the top of the twenty-something heap. The golfing world is still struggling to replace an always ailing Tiger Woods. After dropping to #49 on the World Golf Rankings Woods will need to use a sponsors exemption to get in his own event, the Chevron World Challenge. For some reason Fred Couples selected him for the President’s Cup team, and Woods has agreed to play at the Frys.com Open to get additional playing time. It is hard to believe that Tiger has fallen so low, and the golfing world has to entertain the idea that he will never be as dominate as he once was or surpass Jack Nicklaus in the record books.
The LPGA has been struggling to maintain a respectable schedule over the last couple years, and they may have finally found the girl that will bring back the fans and sponsors. Sixteen year old Alexis Thompson won her first LPGA event by five strokes last weekend, becoming the youngest winner ever on the LPGA Tour. The LPGA Tour has a bit of an identity crisis at the moment. The U.S. based tour is dominated by foreign players and over half of the events on the schedule are contested out of the country. Michelle Wie was never able to live up to the hype, perhaps Alexis Thompson will take her place and bring the LPGA Tour back to it’s glory days.