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The 10 Best Shots In FedEx Cup History

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As the FedEx Cup playoffs head toward their annual climax, let’s have some fun and take a look at some of the most amazing shots in FedEx Cup history. Get your popcorn ready!

10. Phil Mickelson – 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship

This was not his best day or his best tournament (he finished 14 shots back of winner Henrik Stenson), but only Phil can do stuff like this.  It’s basically witchcraft.

9. John Senden – 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship

If you jar a 3-iron for double eagle carrying a hazard from 250 yards out, that deserves to be remembered. Because albatross.

8. Matt Kuchar – 2010 The Barclays

Now we’re getting to the clutch shots.  Kuch had just fired a 66 to get into a playoff with Martin Laird and then comes up with this gem with everything on the line. He would tap in to win the tournament and go on to finish second in the FedEx Cup standings to Jim Furyk that year.

7. Dustin Johnson – 2017 Northern Trust

I’m going to argue that DJ’s much-ballyhooed monster of a drive in a playoff vs. Jordan Spieth is worthy of the No. 7 spot on this list. Fast forward to the 13:05 mark and try to keep your jaw from hitting the floor. To commit to that shot in that situation is something most of us will never be able to truly get our heads around.

6. Jordan Spieth – 2015 Tour Championship

Fast forward to the 1:51 mark for Jordan’s huge putt on the 11th hole of the final round.  Jordan started the day one shot ahead of Stenson. At this point, he was two shots ahead of Henrik, but he was coming off a bogey. Stenson had about a 6-foot putt and Jordan had a 45 footer, so it appeared as though things might be getting interesting. Then Spieth rises up and drains an amazing birdie putt. Watching him drop some of the most improbable putts is becoming as routine as Phil’s previously mentioned flop shot magic. This one capped off a year the likes of which we may never witness again.

5. Brandt Snedeker – 2012 Tour Championship

Sneds started this day tied for the lead with future gold-medal winner Justin Rose. He played a great round that put Justin on the ropes, and then he virtually sealed the tournament and FedEx Cup trophies simultaneously with this chip in on the 17th hole.

4. Henrik Stenson – 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship

Henrik had a very good year up to this point in 2013. He finished second at the Open, third at the PGA Championship, and second at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. At this point, it turned from a good year to a great year as he holed out from a greenside bunker on the 17th hole to win this tournament and vault into first place in the FedEx Cup standings. He would go on to win the Tour Championship and seal the FedEx Cup that year.

3. Jim Furyk – 2013 BMW Championship.

Though technically not one single shot, a 59 is wildly impressive. Jim Furyk (also the proud owner of a 58) hit every fairway, missed only one green, and holed one out for eagle on the 15th hole (his 6th). Going out in 28 meant he could even withstand a three-putt bogey on the 5th hole (his 14th) en route to an insanely low number. Especially on a cold, windy day outside Chicago.

2. Rory McIlroy – 2016 Tour Championship

In a wild year where the FedEx Cup was up for grabs until nearly the very last putt dropped, Rory found himself three shots back with three to play in the final round at East Lake. He delivered a massive hole out for eagle on the 16th hole to surge upward at precisely the right time. Rory would dispose of Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell in a playoff to win the Tour Championship and swipe the FedEx Cup away from Dustin Johnson, resulting in a pay day north of $11.5 million.

1. Bill Haas – 2011 Tour Championship

Haas was in a playoff with Hunter Mahan with both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup titles on the line. He was completely on the ropes when he pulled off this shot from the water hazard to save par and extend the playoff, which he went on to win. What else is there to say? Onions!

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Peter Schmitt does not profess to be a PGA professional or to be certified at...well...anything much in golf. Just another lifelong golfer with a passion for the game trying to get better every day, the definition of which changes relatively frequently. Peter is a former Marine and a full-time mechanical engineer (outside of the golf industry). He lives in Lexington, KY with his wife and two young kids.

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  1. xjohnx

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I’m sure no one watched football yesterday either.

  2. Radim Pavlicek

    Sep 11, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Rory should have been Nr.1

  3. Radim Pavlicek

    Sep 11, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Still thing Rory should be Nr.1

  4. Rex

    Sep 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Kucher has always judged those 15 hop 7 irons so well. Probably the best 13-17 hop 7 iron punch shot players in the business

  5. Ida

    Sep 10, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Today, Sunday, September 10th, thousands of people will be drowned by the storm surge in Florida. Meanwhile, we slobber over golf clubs and golf swings. Sad.

    • acemandrake

      Sep 10, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Honor the dead, help the survivors, celebrate life

    • Golfandpuff

      Sep 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

      First of all, why are you even here trolling about? Seriously, this article did not diminish in any way what is going on in FL. Second, there was more than enough time for those thousands you estimate to get out…run from death and save themselves.

      W/O a doubt Haas played shot of a lifetime…could give any short game guru a bucket of balls and they would not do better.

    • LITM

      Sep 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      It’s nobody I know so I don’t care

    • Fk

      Sep 11, 2017 at 1:45 am

      Yeah, and tomorrow will be 9/11, so whatchu gonna do then? You’re a facking kant

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Don’t be THAT guy at your corporate outing

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Today is the day. Your out-of-office email is up, and you’re fully prepared for an afternoon at the course. As a driving range pro, you think this day will be a gentle breeze. However, you are not prepared. You may not even realize it, but you are about to be that guy.

That guy… who is that guy? Well, I’m glad you asked.

He’s that guy at the range hours early instead of socializing at the breakfast. He’s that guy arranging the scramble lineup when he finally makes it to that breakfast. He’s the guy who finds himself reading a golf blog about a corporate scramble.

Hi, guy!

Now, let’s start this early in the morning. You’re in your closet carefully crafting your outfit for the day. Wait, wait, wait… let’s not start there. Therein lies the problem, guy. You aren’t composing an outfit, not today! An outfit is for Day 2 of your member-guest. An outfit is for that golf trip with your buddies. An outfit is for Bill Murray at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am (who, with those bell bottoms, is becoming dangerously close to that guy). 

I digress.

A corporate outing is for the muted colors sitting in the back of your closet. There’s no need to get flashy with your attire on this day. If your game is as good as your rangefinder magnet says you are, your game will be enough of the conversation; there’s no need to make your belt buckle one of them. White shorts are fine, but please, don’t be the guy wrapped in pants in 80-degree heat. I get it, you’re “more comfortable in pants” and “this new fabric is actually cooler than shorts.” Come on now, let’s save the pants for guys who aren’t playing for pro shop credit.

Obviously club-tossing, swear-wording and teammate-bashing are huge no-nos, but you already know that. Be encouraging on the course and give your teammates credit when they hit one down the middle, even if you drive it past them. It was still their shot that freed you up.

Most importantly, gauge the competitiveness of the team. Some people are there to win; some people are there for gin. If it’s clear that your team isn’t firing 14-under, kick back, relax and help your teammates improve. You’ll have your own chance. You can still get excited for the long drive, guy.

Speaking of the long drive, why is the prize for winning said competition so often a new driver? “You proved today how well you smash that driver, so here is a new one!” Sir, he likes his just fine. I think it’s safe to venture he’d rather stop the three-putt pars. Which also goes for the longest-putt prize. A brand new Odyssey White Hot! Just stop it. Pro shop credit… problem solved.

Speaking of problems, there’s a good chance someone in your group will have a massive one with their swing. As a guy, you’ll probably want to tell them they are “casting” and to try this “towel-under-the-arm drill.” Yes, it is completely fine to provide a tip, but only when warranted (or preferably, called upon). You can go from “guy who helped my short game” to “guy who destroyed my swing” with just a few too many hints.

One more thing. Don’t let any guy pull this move.

Let me paint a story. Your team approaches the green, you have two decent looks at birdie. Good for you! However, your team can’t decide. One is 15-feet straight up the hill. The other is an eight-foot slider. The team agrees the shorter putt is still the play.

“I’ll smack this 15-footer, just for fun,” your cheating teammate says. Followed shortly by, “unless it goes in, ha.”

Other than actually cheating, this is the most common and lame shenanigan I’ve seen in a corporate scramble. I’ve never forgotten the people that did it with me, and they won’t forget you.

Man, that got dark in a hurry.

Back to the fun stuff. You’ve mastered the clothing and seamlessly blended casual and competitive like Tom Brady in Uggs. All that is left now is to select your winning item in the pro shop. And this is where I leave my final tip. Go with something practical: gloves, golf balls. The last thing your wardrobe needs is another lime green shirt that you’ll want to wear in next month’s scramble.

Related: Pick three golfers to build your ultimate scramble team for $8 or less!

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TG2: What’s it like to caddie for Rory? GolfWRX Forum Member shares his experience

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