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Author: Chad Gray

2017 FedExCup Playoffs…

The Top Five Players to Enter The 2017 Northern Trust

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler will begin the 2017 FedExCup Playoffs this week as the top five players in the standings.
History tells us three of those players will not finish in the top five once the Playoffs end next month at the TOUR Championship.
History also suggests it’s unlikely one of those five players will emerge at the FedExCup champion.
Since 2009, when the last drastic change was made to the FedExCup Playoffs points system, just three players who began the Playoffs inside the top five in points claimed the FedExCup – Tiger Woods, who started No. 1 in 2009; Jim Furyk, who started No. 3 in 2010; and Jordan Spieth, who started No. 1 in 2015. That’s a 37.5 percent success rate.
On the flipside, there’s a 60 percent rate of turnover in the top five from the start of the Playoffs to the finish. 
Matsuyama has completed the first leg, winning three events – including two World Golf Championships – to enter as No. 1. 
“Of course I want to be in the top five going into the TOUR Championship,” Matsuyama said. “That’s my goal. But reaching my goals, the best way to do that is just to play well.”
There are many paths to the FedExCup, and it’s why the top five starting this week will likely look different than the top five in a month from now.
There’s not a right way and a wrong way, it’s all about getting enough points to be in the top five and hopefully win the last one.

U.S. Wins 2017 Solheim Cup

Team USA celebrates victory over Team Europe at the 2017 Solheim Cup at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. With Lexi Thompson holing an eagle putt to win the 15th hole in her match against Anna Nordqvist.  
It was going to take a historic effort from the European team to erase a five-point deficit and somehow take back the Solheim Cup on Sunday at Des Moines Golf & Country Club. But the United States team wouldn’t allow it. Earning six of the 12 available singles points on Sunday when it only needed 3½, the American side finished out an impressive three-day triumph, winning 16½-11½, to retain the Cup.
A combination of guaranteed halve points put the American team past the 14½-point threshold to win the Cup. In the end, it was the proverbial team of 12 player’s effort for Team USA in Iowa. 
“I’m just proud of my team,” Inkster said. “I really haven’t been nervous all week, but I was a little nervous today. It’s just an honor to captain this team, and I’m really honored to captain these girls.”

Golf Video Of The Month

Martin Flores’ euphoric ace is the Shot of the Day.
In the final round of the 2017 Wyndham Championship, Martin Flores gets a hole-in-one on the 175-yard, par-3 16th hole.–euphoric-ace-is-the-shot-of-the-day.html

Golf Inspired Cocktails

Drinking and golf really do go hand in hand. Whether you are stuffing beers in your golf bag at the turn or enjoying a well-mixed cocktail in the bar after the round, the two activities just go together.  Here are 10 golf-inspired cocktails. 

  • The Crooked Golf Cart – made with Amaretto, Cranberry juice, Lime and Rum
  • The Caddy Shack – made with Absolute Wild Tea Vodka and Iced Tea Lemonade 
  • The Birdie – made with Lychee Liqueur, Vodka and Grapefruit juice 
  • The Eagle – Eden Mill Golf Gin, Lemon Juice and Maraschino Liqueur
  • The Sand Trap – made with Cherry Liqueur, Lemon juice, Scotch and Vermouth
  • Fourplay – made with Amaretto and ,Pineapple Juice
  • The Club Haus – made with Blackberry Liqueur and Club Soda
  • The Country Club Cooler – made with Club Soda, Grenadine and Vermouth
  • The Hole in One – made with Bitters, Lemon juice, Scotch and Vermouth
  • The 19th Hole – made with Bitters, Gin, Dry Vermouth and Sweet Vermouth

To find out how to make these cocktails, just click on this link.

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