One: It’s hard to determine exactly who the top 125 golfers in the world are but this week’s field in The Barclays – the first of four PGA playoff tournaments – comes close. Injured Tiger Woods won’t be there. He’s probably inside the top 125, although you wouldn’t know it based on his season results. Dustin Johnson is trying to keep his nose clean somewhere else and Jason Dufner is dealing with a neck injury. Those are three pretty big missing names but they can’t compare to the biggest name right now, Rory McIIroy. The World’s No. 1 coming off his PGA victory will headline The Barclays at Ridgewood CC in Paramus, N.J. The Champions are in Seattle for the Boeing Classic while the LPGA is in Canada for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
Two: Week 3 is the only NFL exhibition week that fans need to play attention to. This is the week when most of the jobs are won and most of the veterans play the most. The following week the games feature guys on the bubble. NFL teams don’t like to let their veterans get hurt so they’ll hold them out in Week 4. So watch for more competitive games and more competitive individual battles this week Still, none of the games are really worth watching. There will be one game Thursday, five Friday, eight Saturday and two Sunday.
Three: Baseball doesn’t have the front page yet. That usually begins to build around Sept. 1. But the one trend to look for is the separation. The good teams start to consistently pounding on the bad ones. Those season-long contender pretenders fade. By the same token, those teams on the fringe that are hoping to finally knock on the door over the final five weeks, such as Kansas City, Seattle, Atlanta and even the Yankees, might be ready to make their moves. It’s subtle.
Four: With the NFL still two weeks away from taking away all the air in the room, college football will generate plenty of headlines this week. We’re in the final week of training camps. The season begins a week from Wednesday with a slew of games next week. We’re on the brink.