Good news, bad news for the PGA

Bill Haas of the U.S. hits his ball from the lake on the 17th hole during a sudden death playoff at...

Bill Haas of the U.S. hits his ball from the lake on the 17th hole during a sudden death playoff at East Lake Country Club during the final round of the Tour Championship PGA golf tournament in Atlanta, Georgia, September 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

TIM McKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:51 PM ET

Good news for the FedExCup: Bill Haas came from out of nowhere to win.

Bad news for the FedExCup: Bill Haas came from out of nowhere to win.

Good news for the PGA Tour: Haas’ spectacular water shot on No. 17 is the shot of the year.

Bad news for the PGA Tour: Everyone was watching the NFL on Sunday and the Tour Championship suffered with just a 1.4 rating on NBC.

Good news for Haas: You won $11.44 million by winning one tournament.

Bad news for Haas: Your wife looked way more excited with the payday than you did.

Good news for Hunter Mahan: You already were on the U.S. Presidents Cup squad.

Bad news for Hunter Mahan: A lesson in spinning the ball from the water was costly.

Good news for Keegan Bradley: You’re the only American to win a major in the past two years.

Bad news for Keegan Bradley: It only got you first-alternate status on the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

Good news for Webb Simpson: You were the favourite to win the FedExCup coming into the Tour Championship with wins in two of the past five events.

Bad news for Webb Simpson: Finishing 22nd in a 30-man field left you an agonizing 15 points from the Cup and its $10-million prize.

Good news for golf fans: The complicated FedExCup is done.

Bad news for golf fans: The watered-down Fall Series begins.

Good news for Canadian golf fans: We will actually see some Canadians teeing it up in the next few events.

Bad news for Canadian golf fans: At No. 76 in International team points, Stephen Ames, the top Canadian, was 66 spots outside of a berth on the international Presidents Cup side.

CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE

Sean Foley gets most of his press as Tiger Woods’ coach and his success seems to be measured by the performance of his most well-known client.

However, the Burlington, Ont., native has seen some of his clients realize some great results near the end of the season, most notably Mahan and Justin Rose.

Mahan came oh-so-close to a victory at the Tour Championship before losing in a playoff and Rose picked up a victory in the penultimate FedEx event, the BMW Championship.

Mahan has played 25 events, making the cut in 22 of them, earning $3,503,540 to sit 15th on the PGA Tour money list. While he hasn’t won, Mahan has two second-place finishes, nine top-10s and 13 top-25s.

Rose has played 22 events, making the cut in 18, good for $3,401,420 and 17th on the money list. He has one victory, a third, five top-10s and 12 top-25s.

Rose is 17th in the official world golf ranking, followed by Mahan.

At the U.S. Open in June, Foley predicted that while his clients hadn’t gotten the results in terms of wins, their consistency would pay off, and it has.

You don’t often hear anyone questioning if Foley is the right coach for Rose and Mahan, like they do with Woods.

FOLLOWING THE MONEY

Luke Donald’s worldwide money-making tour continues this week on the other side of the pond at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Fresh off his FedExCup run, in which he finished third but still held onto his lead in the PGA Tour money rankings (with $5,837,214, just $68,971 ahead of Webb Simpson), the world No. 1 is heading back to the European Tour to try to maintain his healthy lead in the Race to Dubai.

Donald has $5,142,861 (or 3.778-million euros) there, a lead of more than $2 million on No. 2 Rory McIlroy.

Race to Dubai No. 3 and world No. 2 Lee Westwood, however, thinks Donald can be caught.

“I think him being here tells you he doesn’t think he’s out of sight without me telling you what I think,” Westwood told the European Tour.

“I feel like I can win here, China and Dubai, and that will surely give me enough money to go past him.”


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