Burnley sign striker Boyd from Hull - Hull forward George Boyd moves to Premier League rivals Burnley for a reported £3m after agreeing a three-year deal. Kavanagh sacked as Carlisle manager - Carlisle United sack manager Graham Kavanagh following Saturday's heavy League Two defeat at Cambridge United. El Ahmadi seals return to Feyenoord - Aston Villa's Morocco international midfielder Karim El Ahmadi returns to Feyenoord in a three-year deal. Gallacher 'should be Ryder Cup pick' - Richards set to sign for Fiorentina - Manchester City defender Micah Richards - their longest serving player - arrives in Italy to finalise a move to Fiorentina. Man Utd agree to sign Falcao on loan - Manchester United agree to sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco. Storey wins second Para-cycling gold - Dame Sarah Storey and Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall win golds for GB at the Para-Cycling Road World Championships. Transfer deadline day: Done deals - Track all of the confirmed signings as they happen in England, Scotland and across Europe. Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout (Yahoo Sports) - Kasey Kahne's ''downer'' year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most. Kahne charged past Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. It worked really well tonight.'' Meanwhile, Tony Stewart's much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race. Kahne took his third career win in Atlanta and his first win of the season. Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early (Yahoo Sports) - Tony Stewart's return to the track has ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart drove his battered car to the garage and then exited without speaking to reporters. His crew chief Chad Johnston said the 14 team was disappointed, but will now start focusing on next weekend's race in Richmond, Virginia. ''We'll go on to Richmond and hope we can do better there.'' Stewart first went into the wall earlier in Sunday night's race following a collision with Kyle Busch, requiring work to the right side of his car.

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Rory McIlroy off to a hot start in his opening round at the Deutsche Bank Championship [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 29, 2014, 4:05 pm]
For Rory McIlroy, the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs was the first real letdown of this incredible summer run from the No. 1 player in the world. Atop the FedEx Cup rankings before the Barclays, McIlroy never really got it going on the weekend after a Friday 65, finishing T-22, stopping his run of three straight wins and forcing the 25-year-old to recharge his batteries. Just a week later, it looks like Rory did just that, coming out on fire during the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Starting on the 10th hole, Rory stuck his opening approach shot to just a couple of feet to get his round going with a birdie, but it didn't stop there. McIlroy rolled in a bomb on the par-3 11th for two in a row, and after a par on the 12th, hit another approach shot to just a couple of feet for his third birdie in four holes. Rory's round is still going, but I couldn't imagine a better start for the man searching for his first FedEx Cup title and a second win at this championship.

Check out the top-10 best shots from the Deutsche Bank Championship [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 28, 2014, 4:22 pm]
The Deutsche Bank Championship is always a fun week on the PGA Tour. The Friday start is a bit different, as is the Monday finish, and the tournament has been an important part of the FedEx Cup since it all began in 2007. As we get set for the second leg of the 2014 playoffs, we look back at some of the best shots ever hit at the Deutsche Bank Championship since the playoffs began in '07. We have a little Phil, some Tiger, and a clutch, clutch performance by Webb Simpson back in 2011 when he closed with three birdies to win his second of four PGA Tour titles.

This PGA Championship final round supercut is amazing [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 27, 2014, 4:34 pm]
If you've been around these parts before, you know we are big fans of Michael David Murphy's YouTube cuts. After majors, Murphy puts together fun supercuts of the final round, usually showing every shot the champion hits in just under a minute or two. For the 2014 PGA Championship, Murphy stepped up his game. Above you'll see an amazing supercut of the final round, with Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson all thrown in during different points of their final round. Watch, enjoy, and re-live the best major of the 2014 season. h/t Shackelford

Butch Harmon nixes the idea of any Tiger Woods reunion [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 26, 2014, 6:26 pm]
It might have been the Dream Team pairing of golfer and teacher over a decade ago, but don't think Tiger Woods will be returning to Butch Harmon after the announcement that he would be parting ways with Sean Foley. This is all according to Harmon, the 70-year-old instructor that worked with Woods up until 2004 and was a part of eight of the 14 majors Tiger was able to win. Harmon told the Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard that with Woods coach-less once more, a reunion between the two isn't just unlikely, but it won't be happening.  “No I would not and he’s not going to call and ask,” Harmon told the Golf Channel. “I don’t think he needs a swing coach. If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘You’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.'" While it's a simple thought to put in the head of someone like Tiger Woods, Harmon's point is a pretty solid one. Woods used to pride himself on hitting every shot, showing it off on the range with something he called "The Nine Shots," where he'd hit low, medium and high fades, straight balls and draws. Woods has since transformed his golf swing into a miss-free move, something that focuses on just one side of the golf course in hope of completely taking out the left side of the golf course (draws are a no-no with this philosophy). For Tiger, just going out and showing how great you are might be the best advice he could get. Go back to pulling off all the golf shots, if he's mentally and physically able to do so. The issue with Foley wasn't so much the man behind the camera as much as it was the health of Tiger himself. Driving a Ferrari is a special experience, but it sure isn't as fun when the engine keeps dying and the transmission won't go into gear. That was Tiger for a lot of his time with Foley, a great golfer who just couldn't get all the parts to work perfectly at the same time. No matter who Woods ends up going with as his next instructor, finding someone that will just allow

Winners and losers from the Barclays [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 25, 2014, 3:56 pm]
This past weekend saw a lot of great storylines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf. Winners Hunter Mahan — One of the reasons the FedEx Cup playoffs are a cool end to the season is it gives people a chance to still have a monumental, season-changing win. The 2014 Barclays saw a list of guys that needed a victory, including Jim Furyk, Jason Day and the man listed here in Hunter Mahan. It had been more than two years since his last win, and Mahan was in need of a solid final round to give himself a chance, but that seems to be the way he likes to win golf tournaments. With his closing 65 at the Barclays, Mahan made it four of five stroke play wins that included a final round of 65 or lower, meaning when he sees the trophy and is feeling that his game is clicking, it's game-on when Sundays roll around. Patrick Reed — After qualifying for his first Ryder Cup mostly on his play from earlier in the season, it has been a nice turnaround for Reed, who finished T-4 at Firestone and finished T-9 at the Barclays thanks to a closing 65 that jumped him 21 spots on the leaderboard. For a kid that has been hounded from one comment he made earlier this year, it is a huge positive for Tom Watson and the American team to see Reed playing solid golf again. Stuart Appleby — To say you predicted a T-2 from Appleby would be a flat out lie since the man hasn't had a top-10 on the PGA Tour since the beginning of March. Still, his 66-68-65 finish after an opening 73 gave him his best finish on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Greenbrier, when he closed with 59 to win that event by a single shot. Phil Mickelson — Who cares how he finished, his two shots from the grandstands will be the things we remember from this week at Ridgewood Country Club. Losers Jim Furyk — Another 54 hole squandered by Furyk, who is looking more and more like a man that has forgotten how to close out tournaments. Furyk has had a grea

Tiger Woods splits with swing coach Sean Foley [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 25, 2014, 2:32 pm]
For the first time in his career, Tiger Woods will be splitting ways with a swing coach before they ever won a single major championship. Woods announced on Monday that he and swing coach Sean Foley, who he began working with four years, are going in a different direction, taking to his website to break the news that Woods will once again be looking for a new swing coach. "I'd like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship," Woods said. "Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship." The relationship between Woods and Foley was an interesting one. Foley came on when Woods' golf game was as down in the dumps as it ever was, and after struggling through 2011, saw Woods pick up three wins in 2012 and five in 2013 including PGA Tour Player of the Year. It was the majors that continued to be a problem for Tiger, who had some good finishes at the big four, but was never really a factor late on a Sunday during his time with Foley. Critics across the golf landscape focused on the issues with Tiger's golf swing, especially this season when Woods went down with multiple injuries and basically had to sit out most of '14 because of different back problems. The loudest of the criticism came from a former student of Foley, who said for Woods to "leave Foley on the range" as Tiger started his eventual missed cut showing at this year's PGA Championship. The question now turns to Tiger and his next move with a coach. Woods had plenty of success with Butch Harmon, who he worked with from 1993-2003, and won majors with Hank Haney at his service from '04-10, but Woods has never seemed like the guy that would go back to someone, pride or otherwise. The good news for Team Tiger and others is he has plenty of time to figure it out, as he

For the second straight day, Phil Mickelson hits tee shot in the grandstands on No. 5, plays it [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 23, 2014, 1:57 pm]
If this wasn't real life, and real sport, nobody would believe what happened to Phil Mickelson on Saturday at the Barclays. A day after wowing the fans with a shot out of the grandstands on the par-4 5th hole, Mickelson's tee shot sailed left again on the same hole, hit the cart path just like it did on Friday, and bounced into the grandstands to a perfect, AstroTurf lie. What did Mickelson do? Play the shot from the grandstands, just like he did on Friday, but this time he was able to make a par, one shot better than his adventures in the second round. Phil appeared to take a little more time with this one, hitting it on the green and two-putting for the par. As for the Barclays, fans had a little fun with his shot from Friday, painting "Phil was here" right around the area he first hit from. Phil Mickelson found his errant tee shot in the hospitality area & managed to make bogey on No. 5. #PhilTheThrill pic.twitter.com/q6G6W7oj5Q— The Barclays (@TheBarclaysGolf) August 23, 2014

Phil Mickelson hits tee shot in grandstands, plays it from there [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 22, 2014, 10:46 pm]
Phil Mickelson is a fan favorite for a reason. Despite his "aww, shucks" mentality, and how a lot of people got behind him when he continued to come up short in majors before 2004, there is a bit of drama that people like Mickelson, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino possess that few others in golf history have. Phil gets this is a business, and knows that thrilling fans is a good business model. On Friday at the Barclays he did just that when his tee shot sailed wide left on the par-4 5th. Mickelson went up to find his ball in the middle of the grandstands, sitting perfectly on the AstroTurf and instead of taking a free drop that might fall in a nasty lie, Phil decided to play it from there, right in the middle of the fans. The people absolutely loved it, and despite hitting the shot over the green and making bogey, it was a very cool moment for everyone involved, and exactly why Phil is beloved the way he is.

Tiger Woods told Rory McIlroy that he isn't going to let him win the Masters next year [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 21, 2014, 9:28 pm]
Over the last couple of years, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have become legit friends. They both are under the Nike Golf brand, and have played together in made-for-TV events, had fun in commercials together and just recently, appeared side-by-side on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon". Rory is in the field this week at the Barclays, and was asked about Tiger and their time together away from the cameras. McIlroy said that despite being pals, Tiger still wants to beat him in everything, and made it clear he's coming for Rory next season as Augusta National. Rory said Woods told him, "I'm not going to let you win a green jacket next year," a fun little poke at McIlroy considering a win next year at the Masters would complete his career Grand Slam and give him a chance at his own "Tiger Slam" if he went on to win the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. While it is no surprise that Woods wants to win each and every golf tournament he plays in, it's fun to think of the two backstage at a late night show jabbing back and forth about their golf games. Rory, currently the best player in the world and a man that has won the last two major championships, is a big favorite to win at Augusta National next year considering how he is currently playing and how the golf course appears to set up well for his game (anyone that can move the ball right to left can have success at the Masters). Woods, of course, is dealing with an injury that has basically made his 2014 season a nonexistent one in terms of competitiveness on the golf course, playing in just seven events all year and carding just a single top-25. But, if Woods is healthy, he can and will be a factor at any major he plays. Despite not winning one since 2008, he finished T-4 at Augusta in 2013 and T-6 at the British Open, so being in the conversation if he is 100 percent healthy is an absolute possibility. A Tiger-Rory battle at an upcoming major is exactly what the golf world wants, and if it happens as soon as the Masters, i

Check out the top-10 best shots ever from the FedEx Cup playoffs [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 21, 2014, 5:34 pm]
It's crazy to think the FedEx Cup playoffs are now in their eighth year, providing us a lot of different champions over the years and even more incredible golf shots. We all remember what Bill Haas did back in 2011, but you forget about that closing birdie by Jim Furyk when he joined the 59 club, the holes-in-one from some of the bigger names in the game, and even some Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson fun. The video is above, so check out the best shots of the playoffs and let us know which one you think was the best. While I'm partial to a guy closing a round of 59 with a birdie, I loved the Sergio Garcia reaction to that Vijay Singh birdie putt.

Check out the top-10 best shots ever from the FedEx Cup playoffs [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 21, 2014, 5:34 pm]
It's crazy to think the FedEx Cup playoffs are now in their eighth year, providing us a lot of different champions over the years and even more incredible golf shots. We all remember what Bill Haas did back in 2011, but you forget about that closing birdie by Jim Furyk when he joined the 59 club, the holes-in-one from some of the bigger names in the game, and even some Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson fun. The video is above, so check out the best shots of the playoffs and let us know which one you think was the best. While I'm partial to a guy closing a round of 59 with a birdie, I loved the Sergio Garcia reaction to that Vijay Singh birdie putt.

Check out the top-10 best shots ever from the FedEx Cup playoffs [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 21, 2014, 5:34 pm]
It's crazy to think the FedEx Cup playoffs are now in their eighth year, providing us a lot of different champions over the years and even more incredible golf shots. We all remember what Bill Haas did back in 2011, but you forget about that closing birdie by Jim Furyk when he joined the 59 club, the holes-in-one from some of the bigger names in the game, and even some Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson fun. The video is above, so check out the best shots of the playoffs and let us know which one you think was the best. While I'm partial to a guy closing a round of 59 with a birdie, I loved the Sergio Garcia reaction to that Vijay Singh birdie putt.

Teeing Off: How the FedEx Cup playoffs have become a success [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays. Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?  Busbee: I am totally biased here because the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (you'd better use ALL THE CAPS) is right in my backyard, virtually, and I'm all in favor of covering events where I get to sleep in my own bed and not some college friend's couch. But personal biases aside, yes, I think that the playoffs are doing what they're supposed to do: bolster interest in a late-season event for a sport that otherwise would effectively shut down until April in the public eye. Now, I'm curious as to your perspective: do you think this is a legitimate full-season excitement, or is it more about getting fired up over these last few weeks? Bacon: It seems more and more as the purses grow and the interest in the European Tour increases, it's really tough to get all the top names in the same field for non-majors, so that is the reason I get the most excited. We call the big four "majors" because someone long ago named them as such, but isn't a "major" really just the best in the world competing against each on the same stage? That's the thing I find cool about the playoffs. Rory and Bubba were paired together at the PGA, and they're paired together again this week. Justin Rose, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Sergio ... they're all in the field, and to m

Teeing Off: How the FedEx Cup playoffs have become a success [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays. Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?  Busbee: I am totally biased here because the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (you'd better use ALL THE CAPS) is right in my backyard, virtually, and I'm all in favor of covering events where I get to sleep in my own bed and not some college friend's couch. But personal biases aside, yes, I think that the playoffs are doing what they're supposed to do: bolster interest in a late-season event for a sport that otherwise would effectively shut down until April in the public eye. Now, I'm curious as to your perspective: do you think this is a legitimate full-season excitement, or is it more about getting fired up over these last few weeks? Bacon: It seems more and more as the purses grow and the interest in the European Tour increases, it's really tough to get all the top names in the same field for non-majors, so that is the reason I get the most excited. We call the big four "majors" because someone long ago named them as such, but isn't a "major" really just the best in the world competing against each on the same stage? That's the thing I find cool about the playoffs. Rory and Bubba were paired together at the PGA, and they're paired together again this week. Justin Rose, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Sergio ... they're all in the field, and to m

Teeing Off: How the FedEx Cup playoffs have become a success [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays. Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?  Busbee: I am totally biased here because the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (you'd better use ALL THE CAPS) is right in my backyard, virtually, and I'm all in favor of covering events where I get to sleep in my own bed and not some college friend's couch. But personal biases aside, yes, I think that the playoffs are doing what they're supposed to do: bolster interest in a late-season event for a sport that otherwise would effectively shut down until April in the public eye. Now, I'm curious as to your perspective: do you think this is a legitimate full-season excitement, or is it more about getting fired up over these last few weeks? Bacon: It seems more and more as the purses grow and the interest in the European Tour increases, it's really tough to get all the top names in the same field for non-majors, so that is the reason I get the most excited. We call the big four "majors" because someone long ago named them as such, but isn't a "major" really just the best in the world competing against each on the same stage? That's the thing I find cool about the playoffs. Rory and Bubba were paired together at the PGA, and they're paired together again this week. Justin Rose, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Sergio ... they're all in the field, and to m

Teeing Off: How the FedEx Cup playoffs have become a success [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays. Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?  Busbee: I am totally biased here because the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (you'd better use ALL THE CAPS) is right in my backyard, virtually, and I'm all in favor of covering events where I get to sleep in my own bed and not some college friend's couch. But personal biases aside, yes, I think that the playoffs are doing what they're supposed to do: bolster interest in a late-season event for a sport that otherwise would effectively shut down until April in the public eye. Now, I'm curious as to your perspective: do you think this is a legitimate full-season excitement, or is it more about getting fired up over these last few weeks? Bacon: It seems more and more as the purses grow and the interest in the European Tour increases, it's really tough to get all the top names in the same field for non-majors, so that is the reason I get the most excited. We call the big four "majors" because someone long ago named them as such, but isn't a "major" really just the best in the world competing against each on the same stage? That's the thing I find cool about the playoffs. Rory and Bubba were paired together at the PGA, and they're paired together again this week. Justin Rose, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Sergio ... they're all in the field, and to m

Teeing Off: How the FedEx Cup playoffs have become a success [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays. Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?  Busbee: I am totally biased here because the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (you'd better use ALL THE CAPS) is right in my backyard, virtually, and I'm all in favor of covering events where I get to sleep in my own bed and not some college friend's couch. But personal biases aside, yes, I think that the playoffs are doing what they're supposed to do: bolster interest in a late-season event for a sport that otherwise would effectively shut down until April in the public eye. Now, I'm curious as to your perspective: do you think this is a legitimate full-season excitement, or is it more about getting fired up over these last few weeks? Bacon: It seems more and more as the purses grow and the interest in the European Tour increases, it's really tough to get all the top names in the same field for non-majors, so that is the reason I get the most excited. We call the big four "majors" because someone long ago named them as such, but isn't a "major" really just the best in the world competing against each on the same stage? That's the thing I find cool about the playoffs. Rory and Bubba were paired together at the PGA, and they're paired together again this week. Justin Rose, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Sergio ... they're all in the field, and to m

Teeing Off: How the FedEx Cup playoffs have become a success [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays. Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?  Busbee: I am totally biased here because the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (you'd better use ALL THE CAPS) is right in my backyard, virtually, and I'm all in favor of covering events where I get to sleep in my own bed and not some college friend's couch. But personal biases aside, yes, I think that the playoffs are doing what they're supposed to do: bolster interest in a late-season event for a sport that otherwise would effectively shut down until April in the public eye. Now, I'm curious as to your perspective: do you think this is a legitimate full-season excitement, or is it more about getting fired up over these last few weeks? Bacon: It seems more and more as the purses grow and the interest in the European Tour increases, it's really tough to get all the top names in the same field for non-majors, so that is the reason I get the most excited. We call the big four "majors" because someone long ago named them as such, but isn't a "major" really just the best in the world competing against each on the same stage? That's the thing I find cool about the playoffs. Rory and Bubba were paired together at the PGA, and they're paired together again this week. Justin Rose, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Sergio ... they're all in the field, and to m

Teeing Off: How the FedEx Cup playoffs have become a success [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays. Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?  Busbee: I am totally biased here because the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (you'd better use ALL THE CAPS) is right in my backyard, virtually, and I'm all in favor of covering events where I get to sleep in my own bed and not some college friend's couch. But personal biases aside, yes, I think that the playoffs are doing what they're supposed to do: bolster interest in a late-season event for a sport that otherwise would effectively shut down until April in the public eye. Now, I'm curious as to your perspective: do you think this is a legitimate full-season excitement, or is it more about getting fired up over these last few weeks? Bacon: It seems more and more as the purses grow and the interest in the European Tour increases, it's really tough to get all the top names in the same field for non-majors, so that is the reason I get the most excited. We call the big four "majors" because someone long ago named them as such, but isn't a "major" really just the best in the world competing against each on the same stage? That's the thing I find cool about the playoffs. Rory and Bubba were paired together at the PGA, and they're paired together again this week. Justin Rose, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Sergio ... they're all in the field, and to m

Teeing Off: How the FedEx Cup playoffs have become a success [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays. Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?  Busbee: I am totally biased here because the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (you'd better use ALL THE CAPS) is right in my backyard, virtually, and I'm all in favor of covering events where I get to sleep in my own bed and not some college friend's couch. But personal biases aside, yes, I think that the playoffs are doing what they're supposed to do: bolster interest in a late-season event for a sport that otherwise would effectively shut down until April in the public eye. Now, I'm curious as to your perspective: do you think this is a legitimate full-season excitement, or is it more about getting fired up over these last few weeks? Bacon: It seems more and more as the purses grow and the interest in the European Tour increases, it's really tough to get all the top names in the same field for non-majors, so that is the reason I get the most excited. We call the big four "majors" because someone long ago named them as such, but isn't a "major" really just the best in the world competing against each on the same stage? That's the thing I find cool about the playoffs. Rory and Bubba were paired together at the PGA, and they're paired together again this week. Justin Rose, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Sergio ... they're all in the field, and to m





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