As the No. 2 player in the FedEx Cup standings behind Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia has a pretty good understanding of what must happen for him to overtake Singh and win the $10 million prize in the PGA Tour playoffs.
"I know I've got to go one, one, and Vijay has got to fall off the stairs or something," Garcia said jokingly to reporters Wednesday. "The way he's playing, he's not going to finish outside the top 10 or top 15 in these two events, so I think it's pretty much done."
Indeed, there's not much drama left in the chase for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Singh has a 12,225-point lead over Garcia heading into the start of Thursday's BMW Championship — the third of four playoff tournaments — at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
A playoff winner two weeks ago in the FedEx Cup opener in The Barclays, Singh is assured of taking the lead into the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. With another high finish, the Fijian could salt away the FedEx Cup title on Sunday.
Of course, Singh claims he's not worried about the status of the FedEx Cup chase.
"I'm going to go out there and just play as hard as I can," Singh told reporters. "If I win, it'll be great. If I don't win, hopefully I can get enough points to clear it up. But my main focus is to go out there and play well."
Earlier this week, Singh closed with an 8-under-par 63 on a Monday Labor Day finish to win the Deutsche Bank Championship, his second straight victory in the FedEx Cup playoff system and third in five weeks. The 45-year-old Singh posted a tournament-record 22-under 262 total and won by five shots over 54-hole leader Mike Weir.
"It was a great win last week, but that was last week," Singh said. "This is a new week, new golf course, new conditions, so I've got to focus on this week and see what happens."
Singh has picked up $2.52 million in earnings the last two weeks to replace Tiger Woods atop the PGA Tour money list with more than $6.4 million. Singh concedes that he might be playing as well as he ever has in his career.
"I feel very comfortable with the golf swing, I understand it a lit bit more now than I've ever done before, and I'm putting well," Singh said. "I feel like this is the best I've ever putted in my life, so that's a good thing to have this late in my career."
The top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for the BMW Championship. The field will be cut to 30 for the Tour Championship.
• SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday
• SITE: St. Louis
• COURSE: Bellerive Country Club (7,456 yards, par 71).
• PURSE: $7 million (winner's share: $1.26 million)
• FEDEX CUP WINNER'S SHARE: 11,000
• TV: Golf Channel (Thursday, 2-6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EDT; Friday, 3:30-6:30 a.m., 2-6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EDT; Saturday, 3:30-6:30 a.m. EDT) and NBC (Saturday, noon-3:30 p.m. EDT; Sunday, 2-6 p.m. EDT).
September 4, 2008
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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