By James Turnage

Next Thursday, September 20th, marks the beginning day of the final event in the race for the FedEx cup. Thirty of the best golfers in the world will tee up for a chance to win the ten million dollar prize.

The event will be held at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The top five players are Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson, and Brandt Snedecker. If any one of the top five win the tournament, they are guaranteed enough points to win the cup.

Bill Haas failed to make the top thirty, and will not be defending his title. No FedEx cup winner has made it to the finals since it began in 2007.

McIlroy has the number one ranking in the FedEx cup as well as the rank of number one golfer in the world. He won two of the first three tournaments, the Deutsche Bank Championship, and the BMW Championship consecutively. He appears to be at the top of his game, not only in ball striking, but putting as well.

Tiger Woods is ranked second. His overall play has been very good, although at times somewhat erratic. Putting has been his nemesis. He was in contention last week but failed to make several makeable putts that would have given him the lead. He’ll be interesting to watch next week.

Mickelson did not play well since his victory at Torrey Pines until the four tournament match began. “Lefty” appears to have recaptured his swing. He has always been one of the very best pitching from the sand or the rough. His putting has greatly improved.

Watney and Snedeker cannot be counted out. Both have had a great season. Snedeker may be the best putter in the game.

It will be an exciting four days. All thirty of the contestants have had moments of greatness during one of the best golf seasons I can remember.

I will be glued to my recliner, not missing a stroke. Sunday may be a problem for me. I am a Pittsburgh Steeler fanatic, and they play in the afternoon on the final day. I may have to record one, and watch the other, but which one? Decisions, decisions.

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