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It’s playoff time: The Barclays preview

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The PGA Tour’s version of the post-season, the Playoffs for the FedEx Cup, begins this week at The Barclays at Bethpage Black in Farmindale, N.Y.  Heading into the tournament, the first of the four week playoff system, it is easy to pick contenders but almost impossible to pick the eventual winner. Among the favorites is Tiger Woods, the Tour’s only three-time winner and the FedEx Cup point leader. It will be interesting to see how Woods performs in these playoffs given his disappointing performances on the weekends of this year’s majors.

While the playoff events are worth a significant amount of money, they are not the major championships. Golf’s most important competitions take place in the regular season, but are followed by a highly-compensated All-Star competition at the end, making the PGA Tour the inverse of the most professional sports. But the Tour’s playoffs have grown over time to become a system that is enjoyed by players and fans alike.

Woods spoke of trying to “relax and take it easy” during the PGA Championship, a clear indication that he was feeling the pressure like other mortal golfers. Tiger has had success on three of the four playoff venues; if he can keep his focus without psychologically wrapping himself around a tree he will be hard to beat.

The next four positions in the FedEx standings are Jason Dufner, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson. Style-wise, they are a split between steady (Dufner, Johnson) and spectacular. Team Spectacular logged two major victories this year (Watson’s Masters win and McIlroy’s at the PGA Championship), but Dufner and Z. Johnson were permanent fixtures on the leaderboards every week. Look for all of them to be in contention going into the Tour Championship at East Lake.

You’ll win big betting money trying to figure out who is going to be this year’s Bill Haas, coming from the middle of the pack to cash a life-changing check. A betting man could take a chance on Lee Westwood. He finished in 51st place in the point standings, but he only played in 11 events. He again came up short in his quest for his first major and a FedEx Cup victory would buy a lot salve for those wounds.

The fun starts on Thursday, with Woods and McIlroy paired for the first two rounds on the Bethpage Black course that hosted one of Wood’s signature victories, the 2002 U.S. Open, where he was the only player to finish under par for the week. A full 10 years later, the once precocious Woods is now the elder statesman, while McIlroy is golf’s current phenom.  Expect record galleries to follow this historic twosome as they negotiate the challenging Bethpage layout; perhaps as challenging will be how to handle each other. Any head-to-head matchup between these two for the rest of their careers will be closely scrutinized for signs of where their respective games are in relation to each other in the present and, ultimately, in terms of their legacies.

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Michael Williams is the contributing editor of Newschannel8 Capital Golf Weekly and Bunkershot.com, as well as a member of the Golf Writers Association of America.

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Williams has a reputation as a savvy broadcaster, and as an incisive interviewer and writer. An avid golfer himself, Williams has covered the game of golf and the golf lifestyle including courses, restaurants, travel and sports marketing for publications all over the world. He is currently working with a wide range of outlets in traditional and electronic media, and has produced and hosted “Sticks and Stones” on the Fox Radio network, a critically acclaimed show that combined coverage of the golf world with interviews of the Washington power elite. His work on Newschannel8’s “Capital Golf Weekly” and “SportsTalk” have established him as one of the area’s most trusted sources for golf reporting. Williams has also made numerous radio appearances on “The John Thompson Show,” and a host of other local productions. He is a sought-after speaker and panel moderator, he has recently launched a new partnership with The O Team to create original golf-themed programming and events. Williams is a member of the United States Golf Association and the Golf Writers Association of America.

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  1. Troy Vayanos

    Aug 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Very difficult to pick a winner this weekend. I think Sergio Garcia’s form will continue. I’d look for long hitters like McIlroy, Johnston and Bubba Watson to do well.

  2. Chris M

    Aug 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Tiger is giving him the high handshake and standing tall over him. Let the intimidation tactics begin.

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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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