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Monday, September 10, 2007

Roger Federer and Tiger Woods shining separately on Sunday.**

                                 Tiger Woods            Roger Federer
Turned Pro                          1996                      1998
Titles Won                            60                          51
Majors/Grand Slams              13                        12
Earnings                               $76.6M            $35.6M
Weeks at No. 1                        459                  188

Roger Federer easily wins Sunday's US Open final. He is now first man to ever win 3 majors in a calendar year three times, having already won three Grand Slam titles in both 2004 and 2006.

Tiger wins the BMW Championship
Tiger Woods has now won the BMW Championship four times (1997, 1999, 2003, 2007). His record is pretty special just about everywhere, but Tiger Woods has a particularly impressive record at Cog Hill.  In his 10 pro starts at the BMW Championship, Woods has made all 10 cuts, won 4 times, been second twice and recorded eight Top-10 finishes.

Most Career PGA TOUR Wins, All-Time:
Sam Snead        82
Jack Nicklaus    73
Ben Hogan        64
Arnold Palmer    62
Tiger Woods      60<<<<6th win this season

Sunday's scoring average of 69.138 is the lowest single-round average in tournament history. In fact, no single round average had ever dipped into the 60s before this week.

This was the first time in Tiger Woods' career that he has posted four rounds in the 60s at Cog Hill in a single tournament.  Woods concluded the 2006 tournament with three straight scores in the 60s, bringing his consecutive 60s streak to seven now.

Woods becomes the first six-time winner of the season and collects at least six wins in a season for the fifth time in his 12-year PGA TOUR career.  Seven different players (total of 12 times) since 1970 have won six or more times in a season, and Woods has five of those 12.

Woods' come-from-behind victory was his 18th in 58 career TOUR stroke-play wins, and his fourth of the 2007 season (Buick Invitational, Wachovia Championship, and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational).

This is the 29th time he has won an event without holding the 36-hole lead, including three of his six victories in 2007. He came from seven strokes back through 36 holes at the Buick Invitational and came from four strokes back this week at Firestone Country Club.

The BMW Championship is now the seventh event in which Woods has four or more victories (CA Championship-6; Bridgestone Invitational-6; Buick Invitational-5; Arnold Palmer Invitational-4, Masters Tournament-4, BMW Championship-4, PGA Championship-4).

Woods' 60th career PGA TOUR victory is the fifth-most in TOUR history. Arnold Palmer is fourth with 62 victories. Woods also surpasses the $75 million mark in career PGA TOUR Official Money with $75,319,376, and he now has won in 27.9 percent (60 out of 215) of his professional starts on the PGA TOUR.


Only 5 players have a mathematical chance of winning the FedExCup next Sunday at East Lake:
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Rory Sabbatini and K.J. Choi.

Woods and Stricker control their own destiny, in the sense that if either wins THE TOUR Championship, they are guaranteed to win the FedExCup.

If Mickelson wins in Atlanta, Woods would beat him by 20 points with a second alone.

Sabbatini and Choi need help if either should win.  In Sabbatini's case, Woods must finish 14th or lower while in Choi's situation, the game's No. 1 player must be lower than 22nd.  Points earned by Stricker and Mickelson could also figure into the equation in either of those scenarios.


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