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Fantasy Fix: Can Brandt Snedeker pull a Hunter Mahan in Boston?

The first week of the FedExCup Playoffs produced plenty of drama, a few surprises and another close call for Jim Furyk. In other words, it was like most weeks on the PGA Tour this year. But of course, it was different since what happened in Paramus doesn't stay in Paramus. The FedEx Cup points earned at the Barlcays will have a huge impact on the final three legs of the playoffs. This week, players move on to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship, and fantasy owners get an extra day to set their rosters with the Friday start. Who do we think will be leaving Beantown in good spirits come Monday night? A look at our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:

The Grind: Tiger and Sean consciously uncouple and Win McMurry's ice bucket fail

Starters -- (A-List): Adam Scott. If we keep picking him, he has to win eventually, right? Scott won the inaugural Deutsche Bank Championship by four shots in 2003.

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(B-List): Jason Day. Same for this Aussie. Day contended at the PGA Championship and is coming off a T-2 at the Barclays. He was T-2 at TPC Boston in 2010 and T-3 in 2011.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Rory McIlroy. We've got three starts remaining for the World No. 1 and we plan on using him in the season's final three tournaments. It doesn't hurt that he also won this event in 2012.

(C-List): John Senden. We'll keep our Aussie tea party going with a guy who hasn't shot an over-par round at TPC Boston since the first year of the FedEx Cup Playoffs (2007). Senden has top-12 finishes in three of his last four starts in this event.

Bench/Backups: Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furykand Charl Schwartzel.

Related: Hunter Mahan's incredible run of ball-striking

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Brandt Snedeker. The prospective Ryder Cup captain's pick has three top-six finishes in his last four trips to Boston, including a T-3 in 2011. After missing the cut at the Barclays, this is his last chance to impress captain Tom Watson like Hunter Mahan did last week. As Watson says in that MasterCard commercial, c'mon, "Sneeedeker."

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (Bridgestone), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship -- WINNER!), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Webb Simpson (Wyndham), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- WINNER!), Nick Watney (Barclays), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Rebuilding Tiger's psyche will be harder than fixing his swing

World-class athletes, Fortune 500 CEOs and Navy SEALs have common traits that make them the ultimate competitors. But the wiring that makes them great at those jobs also makes them vulnerable to certain kinds of problems. 

Problems like the ones Tiger Woods has right now, says Dr. Michael Lardon. 

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Lardon is a clinical psychiatrist who has worked with SEALs, CEOs, PGA Tour players and other elite athletes for more than 20 years as a peak performance coach. He's helped players on the rise learn how to handle pressure and SEALs who come to the end of their deployment learn how to transition into civilian life. He talks about his work with Phil Mickelson and other golfers in his new book, Mastering Golf's Mental Game, which was excerpted in last month's Golf Digest. 

Lardon has never treated Woods, but he sees the threads common to "alpha predators" at the top of the competitive food chain who go through a crisis when they're past their peak. "It's an unusual situation for them to be in -- being the one who needs help," says Lardon, who is a consulting psychiatrist to the United States Olympic teams at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. "You're the ultimate predator, you've been dominant in a hyper-competitive environment and you feel invincible. But when you can't do some of the things you used to do, it presents a new set of challenges. A lot of them can't do it."

Woods' search for a Sean Foley replacement is probably the least complicated part of this process. "From my point of view, a new teacher isn't that big of a deal. That's familiar territory for him," says Lardon, who has also worked with Erik Compton, Rich Beem and David Duval. "A big piece is injury. His body is breaking down. On top of that, the talk about 19 majors has been so deafening for so long, and he's gone more than six years without winning one. That's intense pressure -- something he hasn't ever really had to deal with."

And the fallout from Woods' well-publicized personal problems in 2009 goes beyond an expensive divorce settlement. "He used to be the PGA Tour's rockstar, but now the crowd is split," Lardon says. "Even if you say you don't care about things like that, it's a different dynamic when you go out to play. And saying that he is putting his kids first might make him a better person, but it won't necessarily make him a better golfer. He's going from having this solitary focus on golf to taking his kids to school every day. Real life has become a hurdle. And he has to deal with the fact that his kids are going to know what happened, because it's all been so public. That's real emotional pain."

Fixing it will be an especially hard road for someone like Woods, who has stayed famously closed off from everyone except a small circle of friends and employees. "To get better, you have to get real feedback from somebody who understands the whole situation," Lardon says. "That reputation for being this ruthless guy is something that helped make him be a great player, but for this he's going to have to open himself up -- which will probably require a totally new mentality. He has to re-assess his goals. He's not going to be in his physical prime again, so how does he maximize what he has and be more efficient? A swing coach is just one of the experts he should see."

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As you watch the rest of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, here's the guy who decides what you're actually seeing

When you think of sports television and storytellers, it's the people in front of the screen that come to mind. But the work of those behind the scenes is equally important, and among the most skillful at that brand of storytelling is Tommy Roy, the lead producer of NBC's golf coverage.   

loop-tommy-roy-518.jpgRoy, 55, has won 29 Emmys over his career, including the best sports broadcast of the year for the 2008 U.S. Open coverage of Tiger's win at Torrey Pines. The University of Arizona graduate began working at NBC in the late 1970s as a runner during coveage of the Tucson Open and has gone on to cover some of sports' biggest moments, including three Super Bowls as executive producer, the Olympics, NBA Finals, World Series and many more. 

Roy will be busy in the next few weeks as NBC/Golf Channel broadcast the final three FedEx Cup events of the 2013-14 season and all three days of the Ryder Cup for the first time. We spoke to him last week for Golf Digest Stix about the FedEx Cup, Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods and even John Elway. Here's an extended version of that Q&A.    

Golf Digest Stix: What separates a golf telecast from other sports?  

Roy: The biggest thing is that it's not on one court or one field. Golf is played out on 18 holes spread out over acres of property. So logistically it's much more challenging. And the competition never stops. If you're doing a football game, when you go to a commercial, they're not playing. In golf, it becomes much more complicated to go to break. You try to do it while the leaders are walking in between shots so you don't miss anything crucial. But inevitably, you do. And of course, during commercial breaks in football or basketball, you can catch your breath and regroup before the action starts, then you're ready to get going. But in golf, you're working during the break to figure out what we're coming out of the break with, if we're going to be live or if we're going to show a shot or putt on tape delay. So there's that factor.  

And then one of the biggest things is the number of athletes in a golf event. If you're doing, say, a Denver Broncos game, you absolutely know the storyline coming in is Peyton Manning. But if you're doing a golf event, you have hundreds of players, and so coming into it you're preparing yourself for hundreds of stories that could unfold over the final days. But that's where our announcers do such a great job. Bringing out the stories in these events, and giving our viewers a reason to care about these athletes.  

Golf Digest Stix: Given all those differences, do you think golf's the most difficult to broadcast?

Roy: Other than the Olympics, I think it is the most difficult to cover. And the only reason that the Olympics tops it is the sheer size, and you have a thousand athletes spread out over multiple cities. That's just gets even more massive with everything that you're doing. Auto racing, too, is very difficult when you have to stop and go to commercial. And I've been an executive producer on a Daytona 500, so I know how that works. I definitely think golf is the second most difficult to do.  

Golf Digest Stix: NBC has covered the FedEx Cup for a while now. Given the complexities of the points standings and players advancing to the next event, what are some ways you try to make it sensible to the viewer on TV?  

Roy: I think graphically, you have to keep explaining it over and over and over again. Every single telecast since this has been in existence, we've been pointing it out in the graphics. We've made green and red good and bad, whether you'll make it to the next week. We literally go back to square one every single telecast just to re-explain to people, to tell people what the graphics are explaining. And then once we get to the Tour Championship, we bring in Steve Sands to further explain it. We were using the Tim Russert white board originally to help the people at home to understand it.  

I remember the year that Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship but Tiger won the FedEx Cup [in 2009], we had explained it ad nausea, in what I thought was an effective way. After we got off the air, I actually talked to my mom and I asked her, "You knew how that whole thing worked, right?" That Phil won the event but Tiger won the Cup, and she said, "Nope. I had no idea." So I realized then that we hadn't done a good enough job. That's when we brought in Steve to do the Tim Russert thing, and I can say that since then, my mom has understood it, so I feel pretty certain that the average viewer gets it now.

Golf Digest Stix: Mom knows best, right?  

Roy: Yeah, it's true.  

Golf Digest Stix: You will also be broadcasting the Ryder Cup. How do you think the Cup compares to a regular stroke-play event?  

Roy: A regular stroke-play event plays out over four days. But in the Ryder Cup, every single point is just as valuable as every other point. So you have all these mini tournaments that are lasting 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Just a normal day of stroke-play golf on a Thursday or Friday might get tedious on a given week, but in the Ryder Cup, there's finality after the morning session, after the afternoon session, and then golf on Saturday and Sunday.

And there's much more emotion generated at the Ryder Cup than virtually any tour event, and I'd say even greater than most majors. You're sitting in the production truck and you hear a huge roar. If I'm doing a stroke-play event, I can look at the monitor right away and know right away where it came from. But in this, I'm scanning the monitors and I'm not seeing anything. And all that happened was the fans reacting to a scoreboard change from another match and they let out a roar. It's great drama and great energy. And I have to say, the European fans are the ones who really bring the energy. All of that chanting and cheering irritates the American fans, so they try to respond. So it's great stuff.  

Golf Digest Stix: When something big is happening at a Ryder Cup and you feel the electricity on the course, how does that play out in the truck?  

Roy: Well, you have to stay impartial. We can't be rooting. But I will say that certainly when the energy level on the course is at its highest, our announcers can feel that, so they go up. And consequently, our energy level in the truck goes up too. It's just natural. But at a Ryder Cup on a Sunday, we are rocking in the truck. Because you have all these matches going on, and key shots are happening in multiple matches at the same time, we're bouncing back and forth. The thing is, there's a lot more information for our announcers to spit out. So it's not, "To 17, Tiger for birdie." It's: "Tiger for birdie, his opponent missed his birdie attempt and still has a four-footer for par. And the match is all square." So there's a lot more information you need to get out for the viewer to understand the full situation. What I'm saying in the announcers ears pretty much doubles during the Ryder Cup.  

Golf Digest Stix: For the average TV viewer just watching and not appreciating what's going on behind the scenes, what's one thing that maybe they aren't aware of that gos on to have a successful show?  

Roy: When you're sitting at home watching a golf telecasts, and the announcers are talking in a low, muted voice, and the fans are hushed, in the truck, it's LOUD. It's semi-chaotic and people are shocked when they come into the truck what's going on. But because there are so many storylines, so many players, so many balls in play spread out all over the place, there's so much communication that's required to get everything on the air.  

Golf Digest Stix: Being that you've produced Super Bowls, NBA championships, the Olympics, what have been your favorite broadcasting moments?  

Roy: I have a few. I got to produce Michael Jordan's first three championships. That's when the NBA was absolutely electric. In primetime, these games were just incredible. And then, getting to produce the Super Bowl when John Elway finally won it after losing three of them [XXXII]. Getting a chance to do three Super Bowls, you know you have every eyeball in the United States who has any interest in sports at one particular time. That's probably the only time I've felt a little bit of pressure is doing that Super Bowl. I love being on the air and I really never feel any butterflies or anything. But I did for that Super Bowl for that one time.

But, the greatest thing I've had the chance to do was working when Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal [at the Beijing Olympics in 2008]. That was one of the things that, maybe someone back in the day had some rare feat, but it wasn't documented. I consider Phelps to be the single greatest sports accomplishment of any individual. Those events were beyond description and how cool it was to be a part of that.  

Golf Digest Stix: Wow, as a sports fan, we're on the edge of our seats watching these historic events, but you're the one controlling what we're watching. It's so cool.  

Roy: Absolutely. And by the way, Tiger Woods in 2008 U.S. Open is right up there. I remember going off the air on Friday, he had played great and we had a terrific telecast. It was a combination of ESPN and NBC, and we all thought it was great. And then Saturday topped that -- that's when he eagled 13 and 18 and chipped in at 17. That usually doesn't happen with a U.S. Open because the course is set up so hard. But I remember getting off the air on Saturday thinking, 'If only this was the final round, it'd be the greatest thing ever.' But then Sunday topped Saturday, and then the Monday playoff topped it all. It was like four consecutive days of absolutely incredible drama.


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Johnny Miller on Tiger Woods: "He needs to quit being Ponce de Leon looking for that fountain of youth"

Tiger Woods parting ways with Sean Foley has opened the door for a flood of suggestions about what the 14-time major champion should do next. While Woods would probably be wise to ignore most, he might want to listen to another Hall of Famer who had to deal with back issues.

Johnny Miller made swing adjustments during his career to help preserve his back, and on Tuesday, the Golf Channel on NBC analyst offered his own advice for Woods.

Related: Who will be Tiger Woods' next coach?

"That's the main reason why I switched my game. I had a very upright swing and started having back trouble, and had to basically flatten it out and play for a little draw. It sort of saved my back," Miller said during a conference call previewing the final three legs of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. "If I was working with him, that's what I would base his primary shot ... [it] would be that kind of shot, back in your stance a little bit and just release the right side down the line. I think that would help him a lot."

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Miller said Woods has become too one-dimensional in his ball-striking and that he relies too much on hitting a fade. The two-time major champ also thinks the 38-year-old Woods is "looking for too much," something that extends to his off-course workouts designed to get him more power.

Related: Tiger and Sean's conscious uncoupling and Win McMurry's ice bucket fail

"He should just go play golf. He can be very athletic. There's the target; you swing at the target. You don't swing way left. You swing at the target. It's a very simple thing," Miller said. "He knows enough to tell most coaches what to do. He needs to quit being Ponce de Leon looking for that fountain of youth. He's looking for explosive power. What he really needs to do I think with the long game is swing a little smoother instead of exploding into it and blocking everything right and flipping it left."

Miller noted the great players from his era weren't nearly as reliant on swing coaches and he was no exception. Instead of working closely with an instructor, Miller learned from a close group of three other players: Lee Trevino, Tony Lema and Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Related: Coaching Tiger Woods is harder than it looks

"My theory was I had four different guys grooved, and they weren't all going to choke on the same day. Somebody was going to play good," Miller said about his multiple-personality swing.

So there you go, Tiger. Your options are limitless. Try not having a coach. Try having a new coach. Try not working out. Try playing a draw more. Try just playing. Try copying another player. Try copying a few other players. OK, we'll stop now.

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Michelle Wie makes a mesmerizing time-lapse video of herself painting

If you like Michelle Wie, or you're an artist who's a fan of the LPGA Tour, you'll probably know that the reigning U.S. Women's Open champion really enjoys painting. She prefers water color and black-and-white drawings, according to Golf World's 2012 profile of Wie, and says painting has become something of a release for her.

Tuesday, Wie used her new GoPro camera to showcase her skills on Instagram. Her painting is a giant skull with a crown and the word "dope" in its mouth, and it's all set to some snazzy music. Turns out she's a pretty good video editor, too.


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Missing Links: Haney says Tiger needs practice time more than a coach, and former landfill lands Presidents Cup

Stories of interest you might have missed…

Who will coach Tiger Woods? A better question, a former coach, Hank Haney, says in this story by Bob Harig of ESPN, is will his health allow him to put in the time to return to his former glory? "The biggest thing I see is that you have a cumulative effect of lack of practice," Haney said. "This is the biggest issue as opposed to who is going to coach him next.”

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It might have been built on landfill, but the fact that it has New York City as a backdrop has made Liberty National Golf Course an attractive proposition for the PGA Tour. On Tuesday, it announced it has reached a 25-year deal with Liberty National to host events, notably the 2017 Presidents Cup. The New York Times’ Zach Schonbrun has the story.

The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles virtually would be a home game for Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, who lives less than 40 miles away. Yet he has not yet secured an invitation, standing as he is 11th in European Ryder Cup points with only the Italian Open left to play his way in. He’ll need to finish second or better to wrest from Graeme McDowell the 10th automatic berth on the European team and he is a longshot candidate to be one of Paul McGinley’s captain’s picks, Martin Dempster says in this story in the Scotsman.

“I do not trust the [PGA] Tour,” Mary Kohnke, a former St. Johns County commissioner, said, expressing her concern that the tour’s request for waivers from the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency for a development it might be planning to build adjacent to the TPC Sawgrass will be granted. “The tour’s request… for various waivers to a Planned Unit Development raised the eyebrows — and maybe the hackles — of some Ponte Vedra residents,” Stuart Korfhage writes in the St. Augustine Record.

“The good news for Jim Furyk is that people finally stopped talking about his golf swing that only a mother could love and a father could teach. Now it's whether he knows how to win,” Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press writes in this look at Furyk’s failure of late to fail to close out a victory when leading through 54 holes.

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Tiger douses Mark Rolfing with ice water: "I've always wanted to do this to media."

There was a Tiger Woods sighting in Verona, New York on Tuesday, when Tiger spoke at the sponsor reception for friend Notah Begay III's foundation challenge -- the NB3 Challenge.

Woods sat down for an interview with NBC golf announcer Mark Rolfing at one point, and while there wasn't any mention of Tiger's recent split with Sean Foley, Rolfing did ask Woods about his absence from this year's Ryder Cup team.

"It's disappointing, but I've been there before," Tiger said, referring to his absence from the 2008 team. "I'll miss the guys. . .the stories we tell; those are the kind of things we'll remember for the rest of our lives."

But Tiger didn't let Rolfing off too easy. On stage during his talk at the event, Tiger and Begay helped Rolfing and Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Woods, predictably, took Rolfing.

"I've always wanted to do this to media," he said afterwards.

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You probably didn't notice: Hunter Mahan's remarkable ball-striking streak

Hunter Mahan's win at the Barclays was his first on the PGA Tour in more than two years, but it certainly wasn't just a one-week burst of good play. Following a near five-month stretch in which he finished no better than a T-24 at Congressional, Mahan has been on a ball-striking tear in his last three tournaments.

The Grind: Mahan's big win and Win McMurry's big Ice Bucket Challenge fail

At Ridgewood Country Club, Mahan hit 58 of 72 greens (80.56 percent) to easily lead the field. He hit 15 greens in three of the rounds, including during Sunday's 65 that delivered him a two-shot win. But his play from tee to green was just as impressive in his previous two starts, even if his results didn't show it.

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Mahan tied for the lead in greens hit at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he finished T-15, as well as at the PGA Championship, where he finished T-7. That's three weeks in a row of leading a PGA Tour field in greens hit.

To put that in perspective, no other player on tour in 2014 has led the field in GIR in more than two events total. And Mahan's 78.7 percent clip in his last three starts outpaces the red-hot Rory McIlroy (73.6) in that span by more than 5 percentage points.

Related: Hunter Mahan and the power of positive thinking

The recent stretch has Mahan back to 28th in GIR for the season, which shows how far he had fallen during his slump, and his overall stats from tee to green are closer to what we're used to seeing in recent years. Mahan is eighth in total driving (he was eighth last year and second in 2012) and 12th in ball-striking (he was 11th last year and third in 2012).

Mahan is hoping to be one of Tom Watson's captain's picks for next month's Ryder Cup. Watson has said he's going to look a lot at "gut factor," or the ability of a player to play under pressure. We're not sure where Watson ranks Mahan in that category, but it will be hard to not take a long look at a guy consistently hitting greens at this rate.

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The Grind: A broken trophy mystery, Tiger and Sean's conscious uncoupling, and Win McMurry's Ice Bucket Challenge fail

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still in Emmys mode. This week's best lead actor in a drama? Hunter Mahan is an obvious answer. So is Phil Mickelson in the comedy category for the most entertaining 78th-place finish you'll ever see. But best supporting role is a bit more tricky. On Sunday night, swing coach Sean Foley appeared an easy choice as he basked in the glory of his longtime pupil winning the Barclays. But on Monday morning, he was fired by his most famous client, Tiger Woods. Hmm, that's a tough one. Maybe we'll just let the Academy's voters sort it out while we discuss what else is happening in the world of golf.

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Hunter Mahan: The guy who played in the final group at back-to-back majors in 2013 had been missing in action since walking away from the 36-hole lead in Canada last July to become a father, but he picked the perfect time to find his top form again. A Sunday 65 at the Barclays ended a two-plus year winless drought, moved Mahan to No. 1 from No. 62 in the volatile FedEx Cup standings and allowed him to emerge as a likely captain's pick for a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad. But Mahan seemed most excited about getting win No. 1 as a dad. Afterward, he was blamed for breaking the Barclays trophy, but another suspect has emerged from this photo. . .

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Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Tiger & Sean's conscious uncoupling: There's no doubt Sean Foley is a great coach, but there's also no doubt the Foley/Woods partnership never quite clicked. Yes, Woods won five times during a Player of the Year campaign just last year, but that season might not even crack the top-10 list for Woods' career. The bottom line? Eight wins in four years for golf's GOAT isn't good enough. Plus, there are questions of whether Woods' new swing is the cause of his back problems. Regardless, this is a smart financial move for Tiger. It has to be really expensive having a full-time coach when you never even play.

Carlos Ortiz: Rory McIlroy has been golf's undisputed best player this year, but Ortiz has been just as dominant on the Web.com Tour. Congrats to the 23-year-old Mexican for making 60 percent more money ($515,403) than any other player on that tour and for earning the automatic promotion to the PGA Tour with his third win of the season at the Portland Open. The bad news? He has to wait for next season. The good news? Next season starts in about a month.

WE'RE SELLING

Jim Furyk: For an eighth straight time with at least a share of the 54-hole lead, Furyk didn't win, running his PGA Tour title drought to nearly full four years. To be fair, Furyk hasn't melted down in any of those tournaments. He's posted a 70.25 scoring average in those final rounds (shooting 69 four times), and his eighth-place finish at the Barclays was the first time he's dropped out of the top four on those eight occasions. Still, that's got to hurt. Even the Jacksonville Jaguars have a better record on Sundays.

U.S. Ryder Cup hopefuls: While Mahan came through with a clutch performance in New Jersey, other big-name bubble boys didn't. Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson and Ryan Moore all missed the cut, leaving them just one more week to try to impress captain Tom Watson. And with Mahan and Keegan Bradley edging out in front of the pack, that means this trio and other Ryder Cup hopefuls are probably playing for just one spot.

Related: The best and worst from 2014's major championships

Lee Westwood: Speaking of Ryder Cup hopefuls, it's looking more likely that Westwood won't be making a ninth consecutive appearance on Team Europe. Jamie Donaldson's win at the Czech Masters took away another spot, and Westwood faded to T-57 at the Barclays, failing to advance to the second round of the playoffs. After winning the Maybank Malaysian Open in April, Westwood, 40, said it was possible that his best golf was still ahead of him. Did he forget to say, "LOL JK"?

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The PGA Tour heads to Boston for the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship, aka that tournament that ends on a Monday because it's Labor Day.

Related: 7 things you need to know after Week 1 of the playoffs

Random tournament fact: Hunter Mahan will be playing in his 30th FedEx Cup Playoff event this week. He's the only player to have competed in every playoff event since the FedEx Cup started in 2007. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem approves of this fact.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon will reunite: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Phil Mickelson will hit a shot out of a TV tower: 5-to-1 odds 

-- You will hear that Hunter Mahan consecutive FedEx Cup starts stat a LOT: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK (OTHER THAN HUNTER MAHAN'S DAUGHTER POSSIBLY BREAKING THE BARCLAYS TROPHY)

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Incredibly, Phil Mickelson found the same hospitality area near the fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club two days in a row. Not incredibly, the tour's ultimate showman decided to hit a shot from there both times. The best part? It inspired a new internet meme, #PhilWasHere. Here's our favorite, but the rest are worth checking out.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"You know, I'm close. And I'm not going to hang my head as I walk away from here. But I chuckle every time I leave the media room because I'm like, it's almost -- everyone expects me to be depressed. I mean, there's a lot worse sh-- going on in the world than me shooting 70 on a Sunday." -- Jim Furyk. Tough to argue with that.

THIS WEEK IN GOLF-RELATED ICE BUCKET CHALLENGES

First, Rory McIlroy risked life and limb to climb on a chair to dump ice water on actress Meghan Markle, who he nominated:

And then, former Golf Channel personality Win McMurry went solo with her own version:

Maybe you should try it again, Win. . . With ice this time. . . You know, just to make it official. . . We'll wait. . .

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING PUTTING HER TRAINING TO USE

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Vonn took a break from the gym to appear on the show "Project Runway." And no, we didn't watch the episode. Yet.

THIS AND THAT

blog-molly-ace-0825.jpgGraeme McDowell and his wife, Kristin Stape, welcomed a baby girl into the world Monday. If he wins a tournament next year, he'll have to keep his eye on her during the trophy presentation. . . . Rory McIlroy said he's "90 percent" sure he'll be in Denver to play in next week's BMW Championship, citing the Broncos/Colts game as a big motivation for going. Not exactly a glowing ad for the importance of the FedEx Cup. . . . Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic for his first Champions Tour title. He's the guy who nearly played with Tiger Woods in the final round of the 2000 PGA Championship. . . Apparently, there's going to be a new show called "Sports Jeopardy." I'd be the Ken Jennings of that show. Look at that Scott Dunlap knowledge I just dropped on you! . . . Congrats to GolfDigest.com director of editorial operations Molly Baldwin (pictured) on recording her first hole-in-one. Add another name to the long list of golfers I'm jealous of. . . . And NBC's coverage of the Deutsche Bank Championship means Johnny Miller is returning to the booth. Let's celebrate by looking at this random/funny/ridiculous photo of him!

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RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Did Phil hit it into that hospitality area a second time on purpose?

How did Matthew McConaughey not win the Emmy for "True Detective"?

Where can I get one of those NBC hats?

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What they said, what they meant: Woods-Foley breakup edition

loop-foley-what-they-said-300.jpgSean Foley exits as the official Tiger Woods swing coach, and while the search begins to find a new instructor, the What They Said, What They Meant algorithm was able to detect a few corrected lines from the quote Foley issued to TigerWoods.com.

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Here is what we fed into our special, trademarked algorithm machine at GolfDigest.com headquarters:

"My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together," Foley said. "It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him."

And here is what the machine spit out:

"My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I'm appreciative of almost all of the many experiences we shared together, except that day at the gym when he tried to get me to bench 300 pounds in front of Lindsey and told me, 'Folesy, you use too much hair gel,'" Foley said. "I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, like me hearing all about how he won 14 majors in spite of Butch and Hank, and Tiger learning from me that there are only so many ways a human being can say, 'stop dipping your head at impact with the driver.' I have nothing but respect and admiration for him, well, until he had Mark Steinberg drop the 14-page non-disclosure agreement in my mailbox along with that six-inch rattlesnake."

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