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Monday, September 2, 2013
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Did Spieth earn Presidents Cup bid?

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Much was decided Monday in Boston, but the results of the Deutsche Bank Championship also left many questions to ponder.

For example, who played their way into Presidents Cup captain's pick consideration? And who might raise their game to reach the Tour Championship?

Our scribes answer those questions and more in this week's special Tuesday edition of Four-Ball.


1. True or false: Jordan Spieth will be on the 2013 U.S. Presidents Cup team.

Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst: False. As much as I want him to be a captain's pick, there are too many experienced players in front him. If Fred Couples wasn't the captain, Spieth would have a better chance.

Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: True. A Spieth pick would give some needed infusion of youth on a U.S. team full of veterans that is probably worn out a little by these matches. Plus, Fred Couples knows the pulse of the golf public that would like to see a Spieth pick.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: True. Spieth didn't get an automatic spot, but who is to say he wouldn't have done so if he had the full qualification period like everyone else? What he has done in a short period of time is impressive, and he's obviously playing well at the moment. Another factor: There's nothing wrong with adding some new blood and grooming young players for the future.

Kevin Maguire, ESPN.com senior golf editor: True. If I'm making the pick, it's a 100 percent lock, but you never know with U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples. The 20-year-old kid from Texas has a flair for the dramatic (see his 62 in the final round in Boston on Monday) and that usually plays well in these match-play competitions. I'd bet U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson is hoping Couples gives the kid a shot, too.


2. What impressed you most about Henrik Stenson's victory at TPC Boston?

Michael Collins: He was only in one bunker all week. And on Sunday afternoon with the tournament on the line, he holed it from the 17th green-side bunker after he short-sided himself. That says something about the man's steel nerves.

Farrell Evans: Stenson never lost his composure or started to rush as he took control of the tournament. He's been so close this year and to finally get it done took a great deal of patience.

Bob Harig: It is more his body of work over the past two months that is impressive. Stenson admitted it has been tough to stay focused for such a long stretch of time, but he now has five top-3 finishes -- including two majors and a WGC event -- going back to the Scottish Open. The only thing missing was a victory.

Kevin Maguire: His consistent consistency. I know, it sounds weird, but the Swede played great the last couple of months, including a pair of matching 66s the final two rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship. But his play since the Open Championship in July helped him rise all the way to No. 6 in the world rankings after his Labor Day triumph.

3. Give us a guy outside the Top 30 in FedEx Cup points who you think will play their way into the Tour Championship.

Michael Collins: Who's got more going for themselves right now then Kevin Stadler? He started the playoffs 75th and he's going into the BMW 32nd. That is the exact definition of "heating up at the right time."

Farrell Evans: Kevin Stadler. At 32nd in the standings after a tie for fourth at the Deutsche Bank, he is brimming with confidence. He had two 64s this week and is playing some of the best golf of his life.

Bob Harig: Luke Donald. It has not been a great year for the Englishman, but he finished strong at the Deutsche Bank Championship and should have a "home" course advantage at Conway Farms, the venue for the BMW Championship. Nobody but Donald, who is a member, knows the course as well. He's 45th in the standings, doesn't have to worry about making a cut and should move on to Atlanta.

Kevin Maguire: Luke Donald. Sure, he's the former No. 1 player in the world. Sure, he's got arguably the best short game on the planet. But Donald's ace in the hole will be that he's a member at Conway Farms, site of the BMW Championship. Most PGA Tour pros won't know the course as intimately as the Northwestern product when they pull into the course outside Chicago.

4. Bigger surprise, Tiger's T-65 or Mickelson's T-41?

Michael Collins: Tiger finishing near the bottom of the pack playing lift clean and place. He's going to have to win one of the last two to have any momentum going into the 2013-14 season looking for elusive major win No. 15.

Farrell Evans: Phil's T-41. I thought he would play better this week after his tie for sixth at the Barclays.

Bob Harig: Mickelson. While Tiger did not play well, it should not have come as a surprise, given the back issues that plagued him a week prior. Mickelson, meanwhile, flirted with 59 in the first round, shot an opening 63 and then struggled the rest of the way.

Kevin Maguire: Lefty's T-41. Just because you flirt with 59 in the first round doesn't mean you'll win the tournament, but you'd think it would give you a shot to finish better than T-41, right? Mickelson was 8-under after the first day and played the final 54 holes at even par with conditions extremely conducive to scoring (see winner Henrik Stenson's 22-under total.)