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September 19 2012

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Tale of the Tape: Top Five

ATLANTA – You may have heard – only the top five in FedExCup points going into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola control their own destiny this week. If any of the five wins the tournament, he’s also guaranteed the FedExCup title.

We thought we’d break down the top five in a few categories – some golf-related, some not so much.

 

 
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  RORY
McILROY
TIGER
WOODS
NICK
WATNEY
PHIL
MICKELSON
BRANDT
SNEDEKER
FedExCup
rank
1 2 3 4 5
Age 23 36 31 42 31
Birthplace Holywood,
N. Ireland
Cypress,
Calif.
Sacramento,
Calif.
San Diego,
Calif.
Nashville,
Tenn.
Career TOUR
wins
6
(4 in 2012)
74
(3 in 2012)
5
(1 in 2012)
40
(1 in 2012)
3
(1 in 2012)
Signature TOUR win 2011 U.S. Open
First major, won by 8 shots
1997 Masters
First major, won by 12
2011 Cadillac
World Golf Champ. event
2004 Masters
First major; joyous leap
2011 Heritage
Stared down Luke Donald
Plays like …
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Seve
Ballesteros
Charisma and tenacity

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Jack
Nicklaus
Singular focus: winning majors

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Tom
Weiskopf

Big hitter, solid ball-striker

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Arnold
Palmer
Crowd pleaser,
risk taker

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Tom
Watson
Look-alike and
swing-alike

Lowest
round on
TOUR
62
2010 Wells Fargo, Rd. 4
61 (3 times)
Last: 2005 Buick Open, Rd. 2
62
2011 AT&T National, Rd. 3
60
2005 FBR Open, Rd. 2
61 (2 times)
Last: 2011 Barclays, Rd. 3
Longest
drive on
TOUR
409 yards
2012 WGC-Bridgestone
498 yards
2002 Mercedes Championship
408 yards
2012 WGC-Bridgestone
402 yards
2009 WGC-CA Championship
388 yards
2012 WGC-Bridgestone
Longest
putt on
TOUR
68 feet, 5 inches
2009 Shell Houston Open
123 ft., 5 inches
2001 TOUR Championship
80 feet, 2 inches
2006 Shell Houston Open
79 feet, 7 inches
2002 BellSouth Classic
59 feet, 2 inches
2011 Travelers Championship
Career-
defining
shot
The 6-iron he hit to inside a foot at the 10th hole at Congressional on Sunday at the 2010 U.S. Open The "better than most" 60-foot birdie putt at the iconic 17th hole at the 2001 PLAYERS The 8-iron he put within 12 feet for a final birdie on the 72nd hole at Doral The 6-iron he threaded through the pine trees on Sunday at the 13th hole at Augusta National during his 2010 win The 32-footer he made for birdie on the 17th hole as he shot 63 on Sunday to break through at the 2007 Wyndham Championship
Not the
only
household
name
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Caroline
Wozniacki
Rory’s girlfriend is a former No. 1 women’s tennis player

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Cheyenne
Woods

Tiger’s niece recently won her first pro golf tournament

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Heidi
Watney

Nick’s cousin is a TV sports reporter

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San Diego
Padres
Phil is a part owner of his favorite baseball team

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Haymes
Snedeker

Brandt’s brother won Big Break X on the Golf Channel

Just in case you didn’t know … Rory shot a course-record 61 at Royal Portrush when he was 16 Tiger is the eighth athlete to be named a Wheaties permanent rep Nick was a walk-on at Fresno State and played for his uncle Mike Phil is an avid pilot, just like his father who was a Navy and commercial aviator Brandt’s maternal grandmother managed a golf course in Missouri
If we were
casting the
movie …
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Will Smith (from The Legend of Baggar Vance)
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Matt Damon (from The Bourne Identity)
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