Friday, November 17, 2017
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Second FedEx Cup event has a tough act to follow

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NORTON, Mass. — Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth shook hands on the 18th green then traded text messages later in the night after providing high drama and plenty of star power in the opening FedEx Cup event.

Spieth said he texted him: "Man, congrats. That was a good battle. Let's do it again next week."

Johnson's reply: "Absolutely. I had a good time. That was my turn."

For the opening act of the FedEx Cup series that leads to a $10 million prize, the PGA Tour couldn't have asked for more. Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, rallied from a five-stroke deficit on the final day to beat Spieth — among the sport's most popular players — in a playoff in the Northern Trust.

The Dell Technologies Championship has a tough act to follow.

The second playoff event starts today because of the traditional Labor Day finish. Johnson, Spieth and Justin Thomas will be in the same group for the opening two rounds because of their standing in the FedEx Cup. It just so happens they are the leading candidates for PGA Tour player of the year.

There remains a long road ahead before the deciding of a FedEx Cup champion and player of the year.

The TPC Boston also might pay immediate dividends, though it has little to do with a cash prize. This is the final week for 10 players to make the Presidents Cup team before U.S. captain Steve Stricker and International captain Nick Price get two wild-card selections.

LPGA: In Gee Chun shot 6-under 66 in the Portland Classic to take a one-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Brooke Henderson and five others in Oregon. The sixth-ranked Chun had seven birdies and bogey. Henderson had six birdies and bogey to match Cheyenne Woods, Cindy LaCrosse, Moriya Jutanugarn, Nicole Broch Larsen and Nasa Hataoka at 67.

WOODS AT WORK: Tiger Woods tweeted a short video showing him hitting a chip shot with a message that said, "Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching." Woods had a fourth surgery on his back to fuse discs in April.

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