Its one down and three to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs, and twenty five guys can now take a few weeks off in the coming month. Nick Watney looked very good down the stretch even birdying the final hole to put an exclamation point on his three shot win. Now we will have to see what is in store this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Dufner will make his 2012 debut as red hot Sergio Garcia takes the week off due to fatigue.
In this newest edition of Hittin' the links we start out with a look at the first female members at Augusta, then investigate why Padraig Harrington probably needs to buy a spectator's badge for the upcoming Ryder Cup, and do a rundown of the new FedEx Cup standings. Also, we find out what Bubba does in his free time, check out the youngest winner ever on the LPGA tour, and do a recap of the rest of the week's events. Read on!
Hole 1: Martha Should be Pleased
The members of Augusta National Golf Club have finally broken the gender barrier and admitted two female members. [Link]
Hole 2: Don't Pack Your Bags Just Yet
Jose Maria Olazabal dismissed the thought that his rift with Padraig Harrington would effect his chances to make the team, but I sure wouldn't bet on his chances. [Link]
Hole 3: One Down Three to Go
Here are the haves and have-nots after the first FedEx Cup playoff event. [Link]
Hole 4: You So Funny!
Bubba Watson pranked golf writer Alex Miceli during a recent interview. [Link]
Hole 5: Insurance?
A gentleman in Washington State is in hot water after refusing to pay up after he insured some hole-in-one prizes. [Link]
Hole 6: Youngster
Lydia Ko becomes the youngest player ever to win an LPGA event. [Link]
Hole 7: Questions Remain
Mr. Olazabal has some thinking to do before he names his Captains picks on Monday evening. [Link]
Hole 8: Retirement Tour
Jay Don Blake wins again at the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour. [Link]
Hole 9: European Tour
Paul Lawrie wins the Johnnie Walker Championship by four shots. [Link]
Hole 10: Barclays
Nick Watney takes home the winners check at the first playoff event of the season. [Link]