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Tiger, Phil & Jordan See Their Seasons End Early

Alex Myers discusses these three stars not qualifying for the Tour Championship, but why they each have plenty to be proud of this year.

Released on 8/19/2019

Transcript

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So Tiger Wood, Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth
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all saw their PGA Tour seasons end prematurely
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at the BMW Championship.
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But while these superstars wish they could've advanced
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in the FedEx Cup Playoffs to the Tour Championship
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each of them has plenty to be proud of from the past year.
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Let's start with the most obvious.
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Tiger Woods won The Masters.
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The Masters.
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Tiger Woods, at 43, after four back surgeries
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including a fusion, unbelievable.
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Even if he had missed the cut in every other tournament
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this would've been a successful season.
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And by the way, how in the world does winning a green jacket
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not earn you enough FedEx Cup points
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to qualify for the season finale?
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Again, he won the freaking Masters!
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Yet somehow Woods will be watching instead of
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trying to defend his title at East Lake.
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Just a hunch, but this year's finish
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won't quite measure up to what happened last year.
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I like the FedEx Cup Playoffs,
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I think I like the changes to the format this year,
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but anyone who wins a major should instantly get a spot
00:55
in the tour championship.
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That's just common sense.
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Let's move on to Mickelson, who didn't win any majors
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but he did master social media.
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From his fireside chats, spelled P-H-I-R-E-S-I-D-E, get it?
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To his random posts about fasting and hiking,
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there's a reason why we, well I, named him
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The Content King of the PGA tour.
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Even his final tournament of the season was eventful
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as he had to be evacuated from his hotel
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after lightning caused a fire.
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And he nearly missed his tee time.
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Thankfully Phil was able to grab that trusty iPad of his
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on the way out the door and let everyone know the situation.
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What will Phil do next?
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More like, what will happen to Phil next?
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Anyway, he's the best.
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But now we've been robbed of learning about the best
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hiking trails in the Atlanta area, sad.
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And finally, there's Jordan Spieth.
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Who during another disappointing win-less season
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still mastered, hmm, this is tough.
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Now that he's married he's not even master
01:52
of his own domain anymore.
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Marriage, am I right?
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But hang on, he mastered
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oh yeah, the first two rounds.
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Jordan absolutely killed it on the weekdays.
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On the weekends, not so much.
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He vanished like my wife when the check comes at dinner.
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Just kidding, honey.
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No really, I'm kidding.
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Ugh, I'll pay for that later.
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Anyway, these guys will be missed by golf fans
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and their accountants at the tour championship.
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Did I mention, $15 million is on the line in Atlanta?
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But as Tiger said after his final round of the season,
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at the end of the day, I'm the one with the green jacket.
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Damn straight, Tiger.
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And that's something no amount of money
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or FedEx Cup points can buy.
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