Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, East Lake
Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia - The FedExCup playoffs conclude this week with
the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
Brandt Snedeker shot a 2-under 68 on Sunday and finished at 10-under 270 last
year to win by three shots over fellow overnight leader Justin Rose, capturing
the FedExCup in process.
Snedeker will be back in an effort to defend his title, which makes him the
first FedExCup champion to make it back to East Lake the following year.
The field consists of top 30 players on the FedExCup points list. The points
were reset entering the tournament to allow all 30 players a mathematical
chance to win the overall title.
Those in the top five of the list can earn the $10 million prize with a
victory, while the remaining 25 will need a win plus some help.
The top five players on the FedExCup points list entering the event are Tiger
Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, BMW Championship winner Zach Johnson and
Golf Channel has coverage on Thursday and Friday, then early coverage on the
weekend before handing off to NBC.
The tour heads to Ohio next week for the Presidents Cup. Woods sealed the cup
for the Americans with a 4 & 3 victory over Aaron Baddeley in the penultimate
match in 2011. The American team won by a final margin of 19-15.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Americans, who own a 7-1-1 record
all time in the event against the International team.
ITALIAN OPEN - Golf Club Torino, Turin, Italy - The European Tour heads to
Italy this week for the Italian Open.
Last year, Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano fired an 8-under 64 on Sunday to
come from behind and capture the Italian Open for a second time.
Fernandez-Castano and Garth Mulroy were tied for the lead entering the 17th
hole, where Mulroy tripped to a bogey before Fernandez-Castano sealed his
sixth win on tour with a birdie at the last.
Fernandez-Castano will return to defend his title against a field that
includes Italians Matteo Manassero and Francesco Molinari.
Major winners David Duval, Retief Goosen and Jose Maria Olazabal will also be
a part of the field that includes 75 European Tour champions.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds.
The tour moves to Scotland next week for the Alfred Dunhill Links
Championship, where Branden Grace shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday at St. Andrews
to wrap up a wire-to-wire victory.
PACIFIC LINKS HAWAII CHAMPIONSHIP - Kapolei Golf Club, Kapolei, Hawaii - The
Champions Tour returns this week with the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.
Willie Wood birdied the final two holes at this event last year to come from
behind and edge second-round leader Bill Glasson by a stroke. It was Wood's
second win in three weeks.
Wood, who is coming off his lone top-10 finish of the season a tie for ninth
at the Montreal Championship, will return to defend his title.
World Golf Hall of Fame member and 34-time PGA Tour winner Vijay Singh will
make his Champions Tour debut in Hawaii. The three-time major winner turned 50
In 19 starts on the PGA Tour this season, Singh's best finish was a tie for
20th at the Sony Open. He failed to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs by
finishing ranked 146th.
The top three players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings -- Kenny Perry,
Bernhard Langer and David Frost -- are also scheduled to play this week.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all three rounds.
The Champions Tour heads to California next week for the Nature Valley First
Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where Kirk Triplett closed with a 6-under 66 to come
from behind and win by two strokes.
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