This Week in Golf - September 13th through September 16th

This Week in Golf - September 13th through September 16th

This Week in Golf - September 13th through September 16th
September 10th, 2007

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia - The FedEx Cup system was constructed to give each of the 144 players who qualified for the playoffs a mathematical chance of winning the top $10 million prize.

Heading into the Tour Championship this weekend -- the last of the four playoff events -- only five players remain with a shot: Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini and K.J. Choi.

They hold the top five spots on the playoff points list, in that order, with Stricker, Mickelson and Woods having won the first three events, also in that order.

Aaron Baddeley is sixth on the list, but even if he wins this week, he would still fall short of claiming the $10 million windfall. That is because Woods can receive no fewer than 395 points at East Lake (which he would get for last place) and Baddeley can receive no more than 10,300 (for a win).

In that scenario, Baddeley would end up 28 points shy of Woods.

Another interesting scenario would be a first-place finish by Mickelson, and a runner-up for Woods. If the weekend played out like that -- Can you hear NBC begging? -- Woods would still beat Mickelson for the $10 million.

By just 20 points.

Last year, Adam Scott claimed the Tour Championship in November with a final- round 66 that put him three shots in front of Jim Furyk. Scott will be in the trimmed-down field of 30 players this week (he ranks seventh on the points list).

The Golf Channel has coverage of the first two rounds, and NBC the weekend. Next week, the inaugural Turning Stone Resort Championship kicks off the 2007 PGA Tour Fall Series.

SOLHEIM CUP

THE 10TH SOLHEIM CUP, Halmstad Golf Club, Halmstad, Sweden - In 2005, the United States team won a 15 1/2-12 1/2 decision at Crooked Stick for its sixth victory in nine tries against the European team.

Nancy Lopez's team two years ago was a perfect blend of Hall of Fame veterans and the right mix of youngish stars.

This year's team, led by Betsy King, is the first real glimpse of the new era of American Solheim Cup golf. Gone are Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon and Rosie Jones. Welcomed are rookies Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Stacy Prammanasudh and Nicole Castrale.

The remainder of the team are veterans: Paula Creamer, Laura Diaz, Natalie Gulbis, Pat Hurst, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Sherri Steinhauer

The European side will be led, of course, by former world No. 1 and still the best player in this competition, Annika Sorenstam of Sweden. Captain Helen Alfredsson is also Swedish. Expect the Halmstad crowds to go crazy for those two.

The Golf Channel will have extensive coverage this week, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Thursday and ending with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday.

EUROPEAN TOUR

MERCEDES-BENZ CHAMPIONSHIP, Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, Cologne, Germany - The inaugural Mercedes-Benz Championship will feature a 78-player field with no cut.

Angel Cabrera, the reigning U.S. Open winner, will be among the 27 winners from the European Tour international schedule in the field at Cologne's Golf Club Gut Larchenhof.

Cabrera is making his first appearance in Continental Europe -- he played three events in a row in Ireland and Scotland, including the British Open, this summer -- since winning at Oakmont in June.

The Golf Channel will have coverage this weekend. Next week is the British Masters, which Johan Edfors won in May 2006.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

GREATER HICKORY CLASSIC AT ROCK BARN, Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover, North Carolina - Beginning this week, there are just five events remaining on the Champions Tour before the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Players will return from a one-week break following Gil Morgan's win at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open. Andy Bean returns as the defending champion after beating R.W. Eaks with a birdie on the first playoff hole last year for his first Champions Tour win.

The Golf Channel will have coverage of all three rounds beginning in the afternoon each day. Next week is the SAS Championship, which was won by Tom Jenkins last year.

NATIONWIDE TOUR

OREGON CLASSIC, Shadow Hills Country Club, Junction City, Oregon - Cliff Kresge beat Ricky Barnes on the third playoff hole last year to claim his first win since 2002.

Kresge tapped in for par on the deciding hole, while Barnes inexplicably missed a short five-footer to lose. Playing on the PGA Tour this season, Kresge won't be in the field to defend his title.

There is no TV coverage this week for the Nationwide Tour. Next week is the Albertsons Boise Open, which was won by Kevin Stadler last week.

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