Winners and Losers from the 2007 Season
Nine weeks after the Tour Championship and the conclusion of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Orlando officially brought to an end a season of unprecedented change on the PGA Tour. Here are the year's most noteworthy winners and losers.
Winner: PGA Tour Rank and File
The Tour's bottom-feeders, desperate to finish exempt in the top 125 or conditionally exempt in the top 150, feasted on the Fall Series. In the end, a record 99 players won more than $1 million.
Rich Beem, left, who fell out of the top 125 on the money list during the 2007 season, moved himself back into position to keep his card during the Fall Series.
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Winner: Tiger's 2007 Woods won six times (for a career total of 61), including a major (PGA, 13 overall), and brilliantly bookended '07, starting the year by stretching his Tour winning streak to seven and ending it with wins in Akron, at the PGA and twice in the playoffs.
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Loser: John Daly This Cinderella fella turned into a bumpkin pumpkin, losing his card and living on sponsors' exemptions, returning the favor by WD'ing six times.
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Winner: Boo Weekley The Jethro Bodine of the Tour was a first-time winner (Harbour Town) and smart enough to stay in character. Asked if he'd spent time in the U.K. this year, Boo replied, "No, sir, I was in Scotland."
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Loser: West Coast Swing Tiger and Phil launched the first torpedoes by skipping the winners-only Mercedes-Benz Championship and had fans wondering if the first team was ever going to come out to play.
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Winner: Players Championship The so-called fifth major was moved from March to May, and while the weather wasn't much better, the conditions at TPC Sawgrass were. The Stadium course played firmer and faster.
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Loser: The Less Than Full Nelson In the year after the icon's death, his tournament went from must-play status who could say no after receiving one of the great man's handwritten notes? to must-miss. The 64-year-old event was done in by a reassignment to an unattractive date in April and unsightly greens at the Cottonwood Valley course.
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Winner: The Memory of an Immortal
The feel-good victory of the year belonged to EDS Byron Nelson Championship winner Scott Verplank, a native of Dallas who, while growing up and then later in his career, had been mentored by the legendary Lord Byron.
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Loser: Aquaman What self-respecting superhero would want to see his name hijacked by a squinty-eyed, 43-year-old golf pro who stumbles in water hazards?
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Winner: Woody Austin
The Woodman blistered the field in Memphis and finished second to Tiger at the PGA. But it was his pratfall into the drink during the Presidents Cup that could've been a winner on America's Funniest Home Videos.
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Loser: FedEx Cup Points Almost everyone who teed it up agreed that the system doesn't need to be tweaked. It needs to be blown up. The biggest problem: There wasn't enough volatility in the standings during the playoffs, leading several players to take a week off and making the race for the $10 million annuity (another sore point) a snooze, with only the top two on the seasonlong points list and the guys who won the playoff events having a realistic shot.
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Loser: Internationals Loaded with stars like Ernie Els, this team was supposed to be better than any of the European Ryder Cup sides that've been beating up on the U.S. Instead, the Internationals were a presidential flop.
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The spirited yet gracious north-of-the-border fans were the definition of sportsmanship during the Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal. Even U.S. partisans secretly cheered when Mike Weir saved face for the host country with his fine play, especially his singles win over Woods.
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Loser: Phil Mickelson In what should've been his finest hour, Lefty went on TV at the Deutsche Bank and whined about an unexplained slight he had suffered at the hands of Tim Finchem.
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Winner: FedEx Cup Playoffs
A million things could've gone wrong with the inaugural series, but nothing did. There were four fantastic winners: Steve Stricker's Cinderella story at Westchester, Mickelson's squeaker over Tiger in Boston, Woods turning on the jets with a closing 63 in Chicago and then Tiger crushing the field in Atlanta. Most important: The first FedEx Cup has Woods's name on it.
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Winner: Phil Mickelson
In May he ended any controversy over his split with coach and crony Rick Smith by winning the Players Championship. But that wasn't as sweet as his Labor Day stare down of Tiger Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which validated the FedEx Cup playoffs.
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Loser: Fall Series The seven stops after the FedEx Cup playoffs had some name winners, but sponsors couldn't have been happy after their investments induced one top 10 player (Phil Mickelson) to tee it up. Equally alarming was the dearth of spectators and Golf Channel viewers (average rating for the first five events: 0.30), who must've thought they were watching the Nationwide tour.
Steve Flesch, left, won the first Fall Series event, the Turning Stone Resort Championship
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Loser: Tiger's 2007 Imagine how much bigger Woods's season would've been had he caught Zach Johnson at Augusta and Angel Cabrera in the U.S. Open. It was almost a colossal year for Woods. Instead, he gave us a merely gargantuan one.
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