Beyond Golf — 18 August 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Foursome Forecast: Playoffs? Playoffs!

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.

 

 

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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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