Tiger Woods is currently 111th in FedEx Cup points, which isn't good enough to make the 100-player field at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second FedEx Cup playoff event. The tournament, held at the TPC Boston on Labor Day weekend since 2003, has enjoyed a close relationship with Woods over the years and contributes to Woods's charitable foundation. Emily Kay of Examiner.com explains that the star of the show may be missing for what has become a Labor Day tradition:
The Deutsche Bank Championship and Tiger Woods’ appearance at the tourney that benefits his charitable foundation have been staples of Boston's Labor Day weekend golf scene since 2003, but that run could be in jeopardy after this year.Woods, who has played in each DB Championship except 2008, when he was recovering from knee surgery, will have to pick up his game if he hopes to tee it up at TPC Boston in September. The event is the second of four FedEx Cup playoffs, and Woods was ranked 111th in FedEx Cup points, not good enough to make the 100-player field.
Deutsche Bank's original sponsorship agreement was for four years, which has since been renewed with an option for two more years. However, according to Kay, Seth Waugh, chief executive of Deutsche Bank Americas, said that while the bank would like to continue sponsoring the tournament, nothing is definite as of now.
"If it comes down to jobs at the bank or us sponsoring the golf tournament, it's not a fair fight," Waugh said. “[In this economy], you can’t take anything for granted anymore.”
Editors' Note: An earlier version of this post said that Woods was in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. As of Aug. 3, he would make the 125-man field for the first playoff event, the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., which starts August 26. Greenbrier Classic is success for iconic resort The recent Greenbrier Classic wasn't just great for Stuart Appleby's bank account and his world ranking, it was a major stepping-stone for West Virginia's iconic Greenbrier resort as well. Bought out of bankruptcy just last year by local millionaire Jim Justice, the Greenbrier, originally opened in 1858, got high marks from players and fans alike. Once the site of Ryder Cups and major championships, the West Virginia resort had lost some of its luster in recent years, but Justice is determined to return the Greenbrier to its former glory.
Over the last year, the resort added an underground casino (costing a reported $80 million), upscale retail stores and celebrity chefs. Justice, who grew up playing golf at the resort, arranged tournament performances by Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood, and offered $250,000 to any PGA Tour player who made a hole-in-one on par-3 18th hole, plus $100 to every spectator in the stands who witnessed it. His six-year agreement with the PGA Tour ensures that the tournament and The Greenbrier will continue to grow together for quite some time. That's good news all around. R.I.P. Caddyshack's Dr. Beeper Actor Dan Resin, who played Dr. Beeper in Caddyshack, died this weekend from Parkinson's complications. Resin, who was 79, also appeared in such films as Wise Guys, The Sunshine Boys and The Man With One Red Shoe. He was also known for his Ty-D-Bol commercials in the early 1970s.