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Cheat Sheet: What you need to know for Monday in golf

September 01, 2013

__The FedEx Cup still wins__After Adam Scott's superb victory at the Barclays last week, Golf Digest's John Strege penned a column entitled "This is why the FedEx Cup works." A week later, golf fans are faced with a different yet equally exciting scenario that underscores Strege's prescience, and the storylines going into Monday's final round are endless:

Can Sergio Garcia, who's been a non-factor most of the season after his infamous "fried chicken" spat with Tiger, redeem himself with a win?

Can Henrik Stenson, who's arguably been the best player in the world in the second half of the season, finally nab a victory?

Does a win here for Jason Dufner put him in the Player of the Year conversation?

Can Ian Poulter, on the verge of playing himself out of the FedEx Cup at the start of the week, prove that he can perform not just when there's nothing left to lose, but when the pressure's on to win?

It should all amount to a thrilling finish.

__Behind Enemy Lines__Ask a group of Americans who the brightest young American golfers are, and you'll likely be met with a variety of names -- Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed. Ask that same question to a group of Europeans, and they'll probably include a different prospect: Peter Uihlein. The former U.S. Amateur champion took Butch Harmon's advice and started his pro career in Europe with nothing but a Challenge Tour card, but has since become a mainstay on the European Tour after a win in Portugal and a smattering of other high finishes. He'll be disappointed this week at the Wales Open, where he dropped down to second place after a final round 72, but he won't be for long. This isn't the last we've heard of Peter Uihlein.