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PGA Tour Confidential: Jordan Spieth keeps rising, Europe rolls at Solheim Cup

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Jordan Spieth lost in a playoff at the Wyndham, narrowly missing his second victory of the season.

Every Sunday night, the editorial staff of the SI Golf Group conducts an e-mail roundtable. Check in every week for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors and join the conversation in the comments section below.

1. Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth lost the Wyndham Championship in a playoff to Patrick Reed, ending his bid to become the youngest-ever two-time winner on Tour. Can Spieth - currently 8th in points -- win the FedEx Cup?

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: The question implies an understanding of the FedEx Cup point system. I am unqualified.

Jeff Ritter, senior producer, Spieth has been impressive, and I expect him to make it to East Lake. But win? Nah, I think it'll be someone a little more grizzled. I'll pick Tiger, Mahan or Kuchar to take the big payday.

Joe Passov, senior editor, travel, Golf Magazine: With seven top 10s and little pressure or expectation, yes, he can win the FedEx Cup. No, he won't however. Great kid, outstanding talent, but he hasn't shined just yet when all the world's best are assembled.

Mike Walker, senior editor, Golf Magazine: Why not? Spieth is the most accomplished American rookie we've seen in a long time. And he's hot at the right time.

Josh Sens, contributing writer, Golf Magazine: Mathematically, yeah. Realistically, no. Spieth jumped from 16th to 8th place in the standings with his win. But have you checked out the guys still ahead of him? Mickelson, Snedeker, Rose, Kuchar, Haas. Oh, and some dude named Tiger. Good as he is, Spieth just has too far to go.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: The FedEx Cup is stacked for the top five in points. Spieth would probably have to win all four playoff events. Could he? Anything's possible, as the marketing department says. But no.

Eamon Lynch, managing editor, Last year Rory McIlroy won two of the four playoff events and still didn't win the Cup, so the lesson seems to be that anyone can win it. The odds are probably against a Spieth win, but I can't imagine many guys arrive at Liberty National this week with more confidence.

2. Outside of the compelling spectacle of Patrick Reed having his petite bride-caddie lugging around his comparatively gigantic staff bag, was there any other reason you would watch the tape-delayed Greensboro event on CBS, knowing he had already won? Why is the PGA Tour virtually alone among sports leagues in allowing its events to be shown on tape-delay?

Van Sickle: Had I been watching, I probably wouldn't have known Reed had won. It's not like I spent Sunday afternoon on the Internet. Some advertiser paid for two or three hours of programming, CBS has to fill that hole with golf. So you get tape-delayed. I could see tape-delayed if there was time to edit the show into a one-hour package. That would pick up the pace of the telecast. But if it ain't live on TV, it's dead.

Lynch: As a Time Warner Cable customer, whether or not to watch the CBS tape delay was a dilemma I didn't face.

Walker: Football, basketball, baseball and hockey fans don't have to put up with tape delay. Why should we?

Passov: Tough break for Greensboro, as I believe weather woes forced them to start and finish early. That said, it's impossible to avoid seeing the results in this day and age. Hey CBS and PGA Tour: No way to move some programming around so we could see the golf live?

Sens: No. Complete snore. But I might tune in with the hope of catching one of those Viagra commercials, whose stars always make me feel young and virile by comparison. As for showing tape-delayed events, I think the Tour clings to the notion that a lot of people watch golf simply to see the astounding skill and precision of the players. And there IS something to that. The rhythmic repitition of their swings, and the consistency of the results -- they’re almost medidative. So much so, that when the event is tape-delayed, most of us quickly fall asleep.

Ritter: I don't know much about the intricacies of TV deals, but I do know this is lousy for golf fans. With CBS already blacked out in NYC, I tuned in online to see some holes. Not a great fan experience.

Bamberger: Oh, sure. If you like watching golf on TV, why not? When those old Shell series come on, I love them.

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