Beyond Golf — 27 October 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Foursome Forecast: Golf’s last cup

One: Finally, this year’s competitive golf season will be over by Sunday afternoon. The Champions Tour’s final big event arrives Thursday with the Charles Schwab Cup championship in Scottsdale. Bernhard Langer wrapped up the points and money titles Sunday with a sixth-place finish at the AT&T Championship. He’s out to win the season-ending tournament in a field of top 30 money-winners. Esteban Toledo, who was 31st on the list going into the weekend, birdied the final three holes to move to 27th. He bumped Mark Calcavecchia out of the tournament. Rocco Mediate finished 31st and won’t be there. Two other tour tournaments won’t even be in this country. The PGA wrap-around tour continues in Kuala Lumpur in the CIMB Classic and the LPGA visits another Asian nation, Taiwan, for the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. That Tour first needs to finish the Blue Bay LPGA Championship in China on Monday after rains suspended much of Sunday’s final round.

Two: Barring any rainouts, the World Series will be over this week, just days before the calendar turns to November. It’s winter for the summer game. San Francisco carries a 3-2 lead into Kansas City in the best-of-seven. The Giants are going for their third title since 2010. The Royals need to rally for their first ring since 1985.

Three: Now there are just three NFL teams with one loss as Denver, Arizona and Dallas, all 6-1, rule the league. Philly, which lost to Arizona, had just one loss going in. Dallas can increase its record to 7-1 Monday against Washington in the final game of Week 8. Then Sunday morning, Dallas gets back in action in hosting Arizona. So there will be no more than two one-loss teams (barring a tie) by the end of the weekend. In the other big game, Denver travels to New England Sunday afternoon.

Four: We’re building the drama and the scenarios toward the new NCAA football playoffs. Unbeaten teams are diminishing, bringing one-loss teams back into the playoff picture. There are not a lot of clashes among ranked teams but that doesn’t mean the top teams can skate Saturday. Among the top games with teams still with fighting chances for prominence are: No. 4 Auburn at No. 7 Ole Miss, No. 10 TCU at No. 20 West Virginia, unranked Stanford at No. 5 Oregon, No. 14 Arizona at No. 25 UCLA and No. 18 Utah at No. 15 Arizona State.

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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 41st year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past seven years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. He won't win the club championship any time soon with his 15 handicap and default-swing slice but he does have a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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