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!