Phil Mickelson wins Tour Championship, Tiger Woods is FedEx champion.

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Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship by three shots in Atlanta with an excellent final round of 65 to claim victory at the East Lake Golf Club on nine under par.

Tournament favourite Tiger Woods could only manage a level par 70 on the final round to finish second overall on six under par, enough to claim the big prize for ending up top of the FedEx Cup standings.

Woods finished the FedEx championship with a total of 3,750 points, a massive advantage over second placed Mickelson whose total of 2,920 included 2,500 for winning the Tour Championship.

The world number one picked up a fat $10million cheque for his overall domination of the play offs, while Mickelson contented himself with a smaller but still significant payout of $1.35million.

However the Tour Championship win has propelled Mickelson from 14th to second in the FedEx standings and with it a nice $3million bonus. The victory for Mickelson marks his first win since March and sees the player returning to the game after a summer lay off to be with his wife Amy who has been undergoing breast cancer treatment. It was during that time that his mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mickelson said after the victory:

“It really feels great to have won, it’s been a frustrating go the last few months and so to be able to come out and get somewhat in contention on a Sunday, four back, and then to be able to put together this round feels terrific.

I didn’t play well enough in the first three to give myself a chance and that’s what is cool about the play-offs. You’ve got to play well throughout the play-offs and for me, even though I didn’t win the FedEx Cup, I won the last event of the year, I feel great about my game.”

He then joked over the prize money, “Let me see if I get this straight, I shot 65 and he shot 70 and gets a check for $10m? I’m just kidding, I really enjoyed playing in the four FedEx Cup events.”

Kenny Perry leads Tiger Woods going into FedEx Cup finale

250px-fedex_cupsvgKenny Perry outscored Tiger Woods by five shots in Georgia to lead the Tour Championship by two strokes going into the final round of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup finale.

Perry fired an incredible 64 to go 8 under in the tournament at the East Lake Golf club, leaving Woods in the shade on the day as the number one was once again troubled by poor putting. However at two shot’s behind his American compatriot, Woods is in a great place to win the Championship, guaranteeing a $10million bonus on top of the winners cheque of $1.35million.

“As of right now, I’m two back and have an opportunity to win the tournament, that’s what I’m going to focus on on Sunday.” said Woods.

Perry knows that he needs to replicate his performance in the final round to have a chance himself, but is looking forward to the challenge.

“Here I am at 49, I’m still trying to beat him, I have fun with it. He’d better bring his ‘A’ game is all I’ve got to say.” said Perry.

Padraig Harrington, who had begun the day one shot behind Woods, could only manage 71 in his round including three birdies and four bogeys and he will start the final day five shots behind Perry.

Tiger Woods wins BMW Championship in emphatic style

200px-tiger_woods_drives_by_allisonIt all looked so easy for the world number one Tiger Woods as he continued from where he left off in round three of the BMW Championship in Illinois, to claim an emphatic eight shot win and also the number one spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs heading into the Tour Championship.

Woods had carried a seven shot lead into the final round and with birdies on the seventh and ninth and an eagle on the fifteenth he was able to increase his advantage over the field by one more shot, ending eight clear of nearest rivals, 2005 champion Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman in second place on 11 under.

Such was Woods dominance of the final round that second placed Furyk suggested it had been like playing a ‘tournament within a tournament’, adding, “Tiger was seven ahead. He was kind of running away. It was kind of a tournament for second place.”

An elated Tiger Woods said;

“It’s one of my best years, there’s no doubt about that. I haven’t won as many times as I did in 2000, didn’t win any majors this year.

But I’ve never had a year where I’ve been this consistent, either, this many high finishes and the number of events I’ve played. To have an opportunity just about every time I tee it up to win the championship on the back nine, that’s something that I can’t tell you how proud I am.”

Padraig Harrington in sixth and Luke Donald in 28th are the only Europeans to have qualified.

Tiger Woods breaks course record to lead the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods hit a stunning round to break the course record at Cog Hill in Illinois and build himself what is surely an unassailable lead of seven points over his nearest rival, going into the final round of the BMW Championship.

Woods started the round with a bogey and was three off the lead when he approached the par three sixth. Some sublime golf followed in which the world number one played some sweet shots and finished the round on an incredible nine under par 62.

Mark Wilson who had shared the overnight lead, fell back in the rankings with a poor 71 level par. Brandt Snedeker and Marc Leishman tie for second place on the leaderboard with Padraig Harrington occupying third on -8.  England’s Luke Donald is hanging on with -6 along with Spain’s Sergio Garcia.

Tiger Woods and Mark Wilson share BMW Championship lead after round two

250px-fedex_cupsvgTiger Woods shares the lead with fellow American Mark Wilson at the end of the second round of the BMW Championship in Illinois, Wilson had topped the leader board early on with a stunning second round 66, but Woods got over a poor start to end the day sharing the lead.

Woods had started the day with a bogey on the first, hooking the ball into a fairway bunker, but the world number one gradually fought his way back into contention with five birdies and ended the day at the with a share of the lead.

Round one leaders Rory Sabbatini and Steve Marino had mixed fortunes on the second day at Illinois, Sabbatini finished the day sharing second place on six under, but Marino had an awful time, going from five under to one over, with five bogeys and two double bogeys on his way to a pretty awful round of 77.

Sabbatini shares second place with three other players, Padraig Harrington, Marc Leishman and Bo Van Pelt, all hanging on to the shirt tails of the leaders and just one point behind.

England’s Luke Donald hit 69 to move into 13th a place he shares with Sergio Garcia amongst others, while Ian Poulter ended the day two under and in 19th.