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Posted Sep 17, 2009 by Iestyn George

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FED UP
Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Sergio Garcia and Anthony Kim dominated the 2008 PGA Tour Playoffs for the Fed Ex Cup. None of them will compete in the competition's finale, the 2009 Tour Championship at East Lake on September 24-27.  

SLAM DUNK
Compete against against the four major golf tournament winners of 2009 in a nearest-to-the-pin challenge. Slam-Dunk. Prizes include golf holidays to Bermuda, loads of golf equipment and a random prize draw, so everyone entering has an equal chance of being a winner. Just make sure you don't dunk it in the water.

NAME THAT TROPHY
What is the Vivendi Trophy? It was formerly The Seve Trophy, but the French media conglomerate has now taken top billing for the competition between Great Britain & Ireland and Continental Europe taking place in Paris on September 24-27.

ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN
Not long to go before Greg Norman's international boys and the US team led by Fred Couples tee it up for the 2009 Presidents Cup at Harding Park, San Fransisco. The teams are set, but will Greg Norman regret picking out-of-form Adam Scott as one of his wild cards?

FOWLER TURNS PRO
Keep an eye out for Rickie Fowler, the world's highest-ranked golfer, who turned pro after playing his part in the USA's victory over GB and Ireland in the 2009 Walker Cup. The 20-year old posted a flawless 4-0 record at Merion and has signed to play Titleist clubs and balls.

WITNESS THE FITNESS
It's stating the obvious that the fitter the golfer, the better his or her stamina. But should we be hitting the gym three times a week in preparation for the Saturday medal? The fitness regimes of the PGA Tour players does make interesting reading, though...

SHOAL LOTTA LOVE
Shoal Creek may be one of the best golf courses in the world, but it's also infamous for the statement that it doesn't discriminate  against anyone "except the blacks" uttered by its founder Hall Thompson, as recently as 1990. Now it has Condoleezza Rice as a member!

TAYLORMADE'S NEW FACES
We're slowly getting used to the idea of interchangeable club heads - we're not really, but the golf industry's spending so much money on them we should just go with it - but now TaylorMade have gone one better, with exchangeable faces.

NICKLAUS COMEBACK
Not the return of Jack, but his third son Gary Nicklaus, who is attempting to rejoin The PGA Tour through qualifying after a six-year absence. Why? Because the 40-year old believes he's a better player than ever and he misses the cut and thrust of tournament golf.

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