Welcome, Hittin’ the Links readers! We’re not halfway through the FedEx Cup Playoffs, with the events in New York and Boston down. The Tour heads west next week, to Crooked Stick and the BMW Championship. But first, we’ll take a look back at last week, and the Deutsche Bank, where Rory McIlroy won by two strokes over Paul Casey.
We’ll also look into Beef Johnston trying out for the PGA Tour, a few European golfers testing out some hickory-shafted clubs, and hear from Peter Kostis on the Rules of Golf. All that, plus your Weekly Woods Wrap-up.
Let’s hit the links!
Hole #1: McIlroy Wins Deutsche Bank
Rory McIlroy started +4 through three holes, but played nearly flawless golf from them on to win by two shots over Paul Casey.[Link]
Hole #2: McIlroy Responds to Gym Criticism
Rory McIlroy, like his Nike-mate before him, has received near-constant criticism for his gym routine, particularly from Johnny Miller. McIlroy spoke out about it after winning this week. [Link]
Hole #3: Peter Kostis on the Rules of Golf
Peter Kostis says the Rules of Golf should be rewritten. That’s much easier said than done.[Link]
Hole #4: Beef Johnson to Attempt PGA Tour Qualification
Rising star Andrew “Beef” Johnston has said that he will compete in the Web.com Tour Finals in an attempt to secure a PGA Tour card for 2017. He’d certainly be an entertaining addition to PGA Tour golf. [Link]
Hole #5: Willett, Westwood, and Jimenez Try Hickory Shafts
Danny Willett, Lee Westwood, and Miguel Angel Jimenez played a round with 1920s-style clubs. Needless to say, it was interesting. [Link]
Hole #6: FedEx Cup Standings Going into Chicago
Patrick Reed still leads the FedEx Cup Playoff race thanks to his win at Bethpage, but Rory McIlroy has vaulted himself into fourth place, while Jason Day and Dustin Johnson lurk not too far behind. [Link]
Hole #7: BMW Championship Preview
A quick preview of next week’s BMW Championship, the penultimate PGA Tour event of the season. [Link]
Hole #8: What’s in Rory’s Bag?
McIlroy is still sporting all Nike clubs and golf balls, save a Scotty Cameron M1 prototype putter. [Link]
Hole #9: Weekly Woods Wrap-up
The 1997 Mercedes Championship is one of the best seldom-told stories of Tiger’s career. Savor it. [Link]