Deutsche Bank Notebook: Several Nike players give it the ol' college try

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Ex-Txas Longhorn Justin Leonard was sporting his alma mater's burnt orange on Saturday.
By
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series:

Nike makes sure its players get into the college spirit a couple of times a year, such as the Transitions Championship (NCAA basketball tournament) and the Deutsche Bank Championship on Saturday, for the start of the college football season.

Tiger Woods had the Stanford logo on his white shirt, while Anthony Kim had his OU logo for the Sooners' opener and Justin Leonard wore burnt orange with a Texas Longhorns logo on the back. Paul Casey (Arizona State) and Lucas Glover (Clemson) also got involved.

Stewart Cink, the Georgia Tech grad, wore a white shirt with thin blue and gray lines, no logo anywhere.

He left his Yellow Jackets shirt back at his hotel by accident, except that it was no accident. Turns out Cink is a little superstitious, and he didn't like the results he was getting on what he calls "special shirt day."

"My scoring average is like 76," Cink said. "Every time it's special shirt day, I have a bad round."

He pointed to a 78 he shot at the Transitions Championship in the opening round, leading to a missed cut. And the "Live Strong" shirt he wore at the Travelers Championship, where he got off to a bad start and shot 70. A year ago at the TPC Boston, he shot 71 to miss the cut.

So on Saturday, he took a pass.

"It's in my room," he said. "I put it my iPad on top of it so it would look like I forgot."

Cink shot a 66 and was four shots out of the lead.

FUNNY RULES: Chad Campbell was No. 83 in the FedExCup standings and opened with a 72. He never got a chance to improve his position, at the Deutsche Bank and in the playoffs, when he was disqualified Saturday for a technicality.

He forgot to register for the tournament.

Players have three responsibilities that have nothing to do with their swings -- officially enter a tournament, register for the event before their first tee shot, and sign their card.

If Campbell were to ever fail to sign his card, he would have the hat trick.

A year ago, he was on a plane halfway across the Pacific Ocean when he realized he never entered the Sony Open in Honolulu. The blunder at Deutsche Bank was even worse.

"Just can't believe you would make a mistake like that," Campbell said. "Just kind of slipped my mind."

Reminded of the Sony Open mishap, he said, "It's starting a trend."

OVERFLOWING CUP: Stewart Cink twice has been a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup, and he is considered a favorite to get one of the four picks Tuesday. But he's awfully tired of talking about it, much less thinking about it.

"The Ryder Cup is like a reward," he said after a 66. "I'd love to be on the team, and I hope to get his attention. But I'm getting so many Ryder Cup questions. I just want to concentrate on this tournament."

DIVOTS: The last 36-hole leader to win Deutsche Bank Championship was Olin Browne in 2005. ... Scott Verplank withdrew from the second round with a wrist injury. He is in danger of falling out of the top 70 in the standings and missing next week. ... The last time Woods lost his No. 1 ranking after a five-year run was at the TPC Boston in 2004. ... Andres Romero made a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. Romero made it to Boston by making a 40-foot birdie putt on the last hole of The Barclays.