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Tour Championship 2019 : Xander tops the leaderboard

The final event of the FedEx Cup 2019 starts yesterday with 30 players on the field at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Here, the Top 30 players will compete to take home a handful of prize money, with the winner’s share of $15 million.

Yesterday, after the first round of the Tour Championship, Xander Schfauffele, Brooks Koepka, and Justin Thomas took the lead at 10 under par overall.

The 2017 Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele shot a 64 (the lowest of the day). Xander started his campaign at the 8th position and his bogey-free 6 under 64, vaulting him into a three-way tie for the lead in the championship. He shared the top spot with Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.

On the other hand, Brooks Koepka makes a superb start of the final event with 3 under 67 and reaches 7 under overall, with the help of the new Tour Championship format.

The last week BMW Championship winner Justin Thomas had a 2-stroke advantage before the start of the Tour Championship, but he could not maintain his lead on Thursday. He was at par even and remains 10 under, thanks to the new Tour Championship format.

The 2016 FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy settles alone at the No.4 position. He birdied 3 of his final 6 holes and posts 4 under 66.

Only 10 of the 30 players manages to over par at East Lake, and this round sums up the whole story of the intense battle coming in our way on this weekend.

Friday’s second round starts at 9:15 p.m. IST.

TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver

The latest TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver showcases both the brand’s heritage and the new technologies.

TaylorMade has continued the legacy of producing the best club with the new Mini Driver.

There have been two previous mini drivers – (SLDR and Aeroburner), but, what differentiates Original One from the previous models is that it is packed with nearly all the latest TaylorMade technologies.

Taylor Made Original One Mini Driver is designed to provide you a club that gives you more distance and power of the tee, but with a fairway wood control.

The twist face and speed pocket technology come with this driver, helping to produce fast ball speeds all across the face. The speed pocket also provides you with more assistance when hitting the mini driver off the deck. The Original one is big in terms of size, which makes it very difficult to hit it off the turf, hence it can’t be used as a replacement for a fairway wood.

Design –

TaylorMade really impressed us with the design on the Original One Mini Driver. It looks sharp and boasts a modern design, something you expect with all TaylorMade products, but it still has that classic edge to it to remind you of the brand’s early days. For a mini driver, it exceeds visual appeal in every possible way; TaylorMade has packed all the technology you expect a driver to have in a small 275cc head. At address, the mini driver fills you with confidence. It’s big enough to feel like you can give it a good whack, but the smaller head gives you a sense of comfort and control.

Features –

  • Taylor Made’s Twist face technology provides the ultimate path for the straight distance.
  • The combination of the Tri-material body – titanium, 50g steel sole plate, and a carbon crown produces an ultra-low CG for distance and playability.
  • It comes with a responsive feel & sound that boosts your confidence.
  •  It has the signature speed of TaylorMade that preserves Inverted Cone Technology.
  •  The Original Mini Driver is adjustable — (12-position Loft Sleeve with 4° of total adjustability).

Verdict –

As for myself, I’d just use this club off a tee as I believe that the head is still a little too big to use it as a fairway wood. If you’re comfortably hit the right shot with your driver, then this one is not for you. But, if you’re not satisfied while playing with drivers and more comfortable playing with a fairway wood, then this Mini Driver works as wonders for you. Also, for golfers who aren’t fans of the size of modern drivers, then this mini driver is an excellent shout. However, the concept of Mini Driver is appealing, and I found this mini driver a decent club.

Who will win the FedEx Cup 2019?

The countdown has begun for the final event of the FedEx Cup 2019.

The Tour Championship field is locked and all the Top 30 players battling against the odds to win the final event, this weekend at the historic East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta.

Started from August 8th, this three-event championship tournament is now marching towards his final event.

The first event, ‘The Northern Trust’ played at the Liberty National Golf Club is won by Patrick Reed with an impressive score of 16 under. Whereas, the BMW Championship is won by the star golfer Justin Thomas with a score of 25 under for a three-stroke victory at Medinah Country Club. After the spectacular two events, now everyone is looking for who will be the champion of the FedEx Cup 2019.

Let’s take a look at the Top 30 players entering the East Lake for the finals.
 

1. Justin Thomas 16. Paul Casey
2. Patrick Cantlay 17. Justin Rose
3. Brooks Koepka 18. Brandt Snedekar
4. Patrick Reed 19. Rickie Fowler
5. Rory Mcllroy 20. Kevin Kisner
6. John Rahm 21. Marc Leishman
7. Matt Kuchar 22. Tommy Fleetwood
8. Xander schauffele 23. Corey Conners
9. Webb Simpson 24. Sungjae Im
10. Abhraham Ancer 25. Chez  Reavie
11. Gary Woodland 26. Bryson DeChambeau
12. Tony Finau 27. Louis Oosthuizen
13. Adam Scott 28. Charles Howell III
14. Dustin Johnson 29. Lucas Glover
15. Hideki Matsuyama 30. Jason Kokrak

As per the Tour Championship new format the last week BMW Championship winner Justin Thomas, holds the No.1 spot in the standings and will start his play at -10 under, followed by Patrick Cantlay at -8 under, Brooks Koepka at -7 under, Patrick Reed at -6 under, and Rory Mcllroy at -5 under. Whereas players at 6-10 in the standings starts their play at -4 under, No.11-15 at -3 under, No. 16–20 at -2 under, No. 26-30 will start at even par.

Now, it’s interesting to see who will clinch the finals of the FedEx Cup Playoffs 2019, the Tour Championship.
 

Justin Thomas wins the BMW Championship 2019

Justin Thomas won the second event BMW Championship of the three events FedEx Cup Playoffs 2019.

Justin reached the Top spot in the FedEx Cup standings with a spectacular win at the BMW Championship. This is Thomas’ 10th win in the last four years.

Thomas played a sizzling round of 61 on Saturday which is indeed a new course record. Also, that performance gave him six-shot lead into the final round. On Sunday, at the Sunburn Chicago, he birdied four of his last eight holes to finish at four-under and 25 under par overall, one last birdie gave him a four-under par 68, and a three-stroke victory over Cantlay.

The 2017 PGA Championship winner has an advantage over his 29 rivals due to new playoffs rules. After the sensational win at the BMW Championship, Justin claims the reward of two-stroke lead for next week’s final event, the Tour Championship.

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Thomas becomes the leader at the East Lake and starts his play at -10 under the Tour Championship’s new format followed by Cantlay at -8. Considering the advantage Thomas will be the best-positioned player to win the FedEx Cup 2019.

Now, the stage is all set for the golf’s biggest cash prize of $15 million next week at the Atlanta.

Let’s take a look at what’s in the Bag of Justin Thomas (The 2019 BMW Championship Winner)

Driver – Titleist TS3 – 9.5 degrees, with Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX shaft

3 Wood – Titleist TS3 – 15 degrees, with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX shaft

5 Wood – Titleist 915Fd – 18 degrees, with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X-flex shaft

Irons – Titleist T100 – 4 iron, Titleist 718 MB (5-9 iron), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges – Titleist Vokey SM7 – 46, 52 and 56 degrees, Titleist Vokey SM6 – 60 degrees, with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Putter Scotty Cameron X5

Ball  Titleist Pro V1x

Grips Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

BMW Championships 2019: Tiger Woods falls way behind at the BMW leaderboard

The champion golfer Tiger Woods fall towards the bottom of the leaderboard in the second of three FedEx Cup playoff events.
 


Woods starts at 38th in the season points standings, and after round 1 in the BMW Championship, he is projected to drop 10 spots. But the defending champion needs a top 10 finish this week to reach East Lake, where he won his 80th PGA Tour title last year.
 
After, withdrawing the name from the Northern Trust with an oblique strain last week he puts a question mark if he is fit for the remaining events of the FedEx Cup playoffs 2019. But, he puts the speculations aside and plays his game freely with no signs of physical discomfort on Thursday in the first round of the 2019 BMW Championship.

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Woods 1-under 71 has to be considered a decent performance, as he has health issues and has played fairly less number of games in the last year. Tiger is now standing at tied 51 in the 70-men BMW Championship, but he needs to be into the top30 in the FedEx Cup standings to advance to the Tour Championship next week.
 
However, he still has a chance to qualify. All he can do is just focused on his game on Friday and Saturday and get over his past results to allow himself to play his way into the top 10 on Sunday, which confirms his place at the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs 2019.
 
So, don’t miss the game as Woods is all set to play his next round at Medinah on Friday at 10:37 a.m. EST.

Patrick Reed: The Northern Trust Champion

Patrick Reed is back in the champions circle, he ends his 16 months winless streak by winning the Northern Trust – the first event of the three-event FedEx Cup playoffs.

Reed’s victory catapulted him into the projected FedEx Cup standings from 50th to second.

Patrick won the Northern Trust second time in 4 years, (Barclays in 2016) by shooting a 2-under 69 to finish at 16-under par.

Reed and Ancer fought it out for the top spot until Reed took the perfect lead, moving to 14 under at the Northern Trust. The 2018 Master Champion leads by one shot ahead of Abraham Ancer, who shot a 3-under 68 to reach 13-under.

He was two shots behind on the back nine and then rolled in three straight putts that allowed him to hold Ancer off to win the Northern Trust.

This was Reed’s first major win since the Masters in 2018, The Man, who was struggling three months ago and decided to put down his golf clubs for a bit and took a few weeks off to reset his sport. But now he becomes the champion of the Northern Trust. It was a seventh PGA Tour title for Reed and his second playoff win for the FedEx Cup.

Now, after winning the Northern Trust his place at the Tour Championship is secure.

However, he has to make more efforts to get in the top eight for the president’s cup. He is at 12th in the standings, and needs to be in top 8 to automatically qualify, which will be decided after the results of BMW Championship.

Anirban Lahiri loses his PGA Tour card

Anirban Lahiri, one of India’s top golfer and the sport’s finest player, is struggling with his game and lost his PGA Tour card this week.

To keep his card for 2019-20 he needed to finish within 125 but after the regular season, he is standing at a 178th position in the FedEx Cup Rank, which automatically eliminates him from the cup.

Lahiri is currently ranked 308 in the world, but there was a time when he was at his peak and has reached the 33rd spot in the rankings and everyone hoping that Lahiri is the next big thing in golf for India. However, over the years he proved his passion and playing ability towards sport, but from the past few months he is playing not as usual, and he feels that too. 

Bangalore’s 32 years old golfer had only one top 10 finish in 2018-19, which was a tied 10th place at Mayakoba Classic. He has been a member of PGA Tour for four years, but this time the story is different, he finished at 178th in the FedEx Cup standings that won’t be enough to keep him in the race of the Cup. 

Lahiri isn’t in his best form at the moment, He drew some confidence from the number of green’s he hit in regulation over the past few weeks, but he hasn’t been able to convert pars into bogies.

Being the first Indian to earn a spot at the president’s cup, His fans and golf lovers wanted him to succeed as he is a better player than his current form, and we know he works very hard to regain his position as a top golfer. 

Anirban still has a chance to gain PGA Tour playing rights for the season 2019-20 if he finishes in Top25 in the Kon Ferry Tour Finals. 

Things to know about FedEx Cup 2019

The Championship trophy for the PGA Tour “FedEx Cup” was started from August 8 – 25. The 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs now have just three weeks instead of the typical four, and things are faster than ever before. Also, there are certain things to know about for this year’s FedEx Cup playoffs. So, let’s discuss some of them.

The No.1 golfer will start the Tour Championship with (-10) based on FedEx Cup standings through the BMW Championship followed by, No.2 starts at (-8), No.3 at (-7), No.4 at (-6), and No. 5 at (-5). Whereas the golfers 6-10 will be at (-4), No.11-15 at (-3), No.16-20 at (-2), and the players ranked between 26-30 will start at even par.

As far as the current standings are concerned, Brooks would start with -10 par score, Rory at -8, Dustin at -4, and woods who is 27th, would begin at even par.

At this week’s Northern Trust, the top 125 players off the FedEx Cup points list are on the field. That number for the BMW Championship reduces to 70. Then the Top 30 will advance to the Tour Championship from Medinah to Atlanta.

Few Changes in the FedEx Cup 2019

–         The competition has been curtail from four to three weeks

–         The playoffs have been hauled a month earlier

–         The FedEx Cup bonus pool was increased from $35 to $60 million, and almost 50 % jump in the winner prize from $10 to $15.

Update on Northern Trust

Dustin Johnson is at the 1st spot with a total of (-12) in the Northern Trust leader board, Johnson starts his campaign at No.7 position with (1,686 points) in the FedEx Cup, and if he wins, then he can jump 6 spot to reach the No.1position beating brooks (2,887 points).

The star golfers Henrik Stenson (85th) and Sam Burns (89th) did not play the first round (The Northern Trust) and, thus, are already eliminated.

The official 70 golfers who qualify for the second round (BMW Championship) won’t be known until the end of play on Sunday. Players who started the week outside 70 have no such way to make up the ground and, as such, are done with this season.

Last year’s champion Justin Rose Started the FedEx Cup Playoffs 11th on the points list, but now looking to climb his way into a better position before the TOUR Championship.

Top four drivers used on the PGA Tour

The driver is one of the most essential club in a golf bag and for any golfer, it is very important to own a proper driver. You can’t enjoy the game if you don’t have a good driver. Best in the game only uses a driver that allows them to play freely & deliver the best flight+distance. Also, major golf equipment manufacturers keep on improving their product line. So, it’s ever too tough to select the right driver for you. Somehow, we all follow the pro’s and have a curiosity to find out which clubs they use. So today we talk about the Top 4 Drivers that are being used by golf professionals on the tour.

1. TaylorMade M5 Driver

Who is using it on tour?

* Tiger Woods *Brooks Koepka *Jon Rahm *Rory Mcllroy

TaylorMade always had an approach to think beyond as they did with the latest M Series. The TaylorMade M5 Driver is the go-to driver for many top Pro’s like Tiger Woods & Brooks Koepka. Boasting an impressive design with speed injected twist face along with weight adjust-ability makes it the most result-oriented golf driver of 2019.

Features:-

 – Speed Injected Twist Face

– Hammerhead 2.0

– Inverse T-Track

– Adjustability

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2. Callaway Epic Flash Driver

Who is using it on tour?

*Anirban Lahiri *Henrik Stenson



Callaway continues to repeat its successful journey of drivers with epic flash driver. In recent years, their epic and rogue models were highly appreciated and successful and now in 2019, the epic flash series is breaking boundaries. Callaway exactly knows what the golfers need. “The more speed and distance” and that’s what they are offering in epic flash.

Features:-

– Flash Face Technology

– Great MOI and Forgiveness

– Artificial Intelligence

– Jailbreak Technology

– Adjustable Weights and Slider

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3. Cobra King F9 Driver

Who is using it on tour?

*Rickie Fowler * Bryson Dechambeau

The Cobra King F9 is a high-grade driver and an extremely firm performer flaunting itself as a low spin or forgiving driver, courtesy of its movable weight technology. It includes an enabled grip powered by Arccos, which permits you to track your driver stats at any time. The Cobra King F9 is packed with the best features that every golfer desires. It also has a precise optimization of aerodynamics and a small CG that makes it the fastest Cobra driver.

Features:-

– Improving clubhead speed, ball speed, and forgiveness

– The arccos driver app allows tracking your data (Cobra connect)

– Adjustable Loft

– Speedback Aerodesign

– CNC Milled Face

– Value for Money

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4.Titleist TS3 Driver

Who is using it on tour?

*Jordan Spieth *Justin Thomas

Titleist TS3 is a speedmaster with extra forgiveness benefits. The equipment is designed for delivering added speed and dynamic forgiveness. This Titleist driver is perfect for the golfers who need workability and added specific tuning in a driver.

TS3 is one of the best drivers currently being used on the tour, and it surely deserves a place in your cart of golf equipment.

Features:-

– Adjustable CG

– Usual shape for customized performance

– Speed Chassis Technology

– Extremely-thin titanium crown 

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