September 26, 2015 - 9:07am
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Vardon Trophy
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Jason Day and Jordan Spieth are in a close battle for this year's Vardon Trophy.

There's another on-course battle going on at East Lake Golf Club this weekend between Jordan Spieth and Jason Day that involves one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in golf.

Since 1937, the PGA of America has awarded the Vardon Trophy -- named after legendary British professional Harry Vardon -- to the touring professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average.

VARDON TROPHY: Rory McIlroy wins award in 2014

Heading into the Tour Championship, Spieth had averaged 68.984 strokes per round in 87 total rounds. That's slightly better than Day's 69.163 average over 71 rounds. That's incredibly close -- a difference of .18 strokes over the entire season -- with just four rounds to be tabulated. And in either case, it'll be the first Vardon Trophy for the winner.

The final results will be released on Monday.

The award is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA Tour. The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each event.

Rory McIlroy won the Vardon Trophy last season by averaging 68.82 strokes through 66 complete rounds. He edged Sergio Garcia (68.95), who completed 61 rounds. It was his second Vardon Trophy in three seasons. In 2013, Tiger Woods picked up his record ninth Vardon Trophy.

Fourteen players have won multiple Vardon trophies, but surprisingly, Jack Nicklaus is not among that group. Billy Casper and Lee Trevino have five each, while Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead won the Vardon Trophy four times.

The first winner was Harry Cooper in 1937, when the award was based on a point system. It was not awarded during World War II, then switched to adjusted scoring average when it resumed in 1947.

Spieth, Day vie for Vardon Trophy
Scott Piercy
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Scott Piercy had seven bogeys, two birdies and zero pars on his outward nine Friday at East Lake.
By the time the PGA Tour whittles its field down to the top 30 for the Tour Championship, that field is pretty much guys who are on top of their games.
That includes Scott Piercy – until today. Piercy just played the first nine holes of his second round at East Lake with not a single par on his card. And the thing is, he's not exactly playing bad.
In his outward 5-over 40, he had seven bogeys and two birdies. He birdied the two par 3s – Nos. 2 and 6 – and bogeyed everything else.
Ironically, his playing partner today, Charley Hoffman, carded nine straight pars over those same nine holes.
And finally, mercifully, Piercy's streak came to an end on the 10th hole, where he knocked in a two-footer for par.
Scott Piercy plays his front nine with no pars
Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell hits his second shot on the 13th hole Friday at the European Open.

If ever a round of golf needed a jolt of positivity, it was Graeme McDowell's second round at the 2015 Porsche European Open.

McDowell was hovering near the cutline when he hit his tee shot on the par 4 13th.

That tee shot ended up in some very heavy rough, leaving him with nothing but a lay-up.

"This is bad," the commentator can be heard saying as McDowell hacked through the tall grass.

Then McDowell rallied in a really big way.




Graeme McDowell with the par of the season!

Posted by European Tour on Friday, September 25, 2015



The effort would help McDowell to a round of 70 and put him at 4-under for the tournament.

He'll be around for the weekend. His memory of this par save will stick around a lot longer than that.

Graeme McDowell may have just made the year's best par at the European Open
Yoenis Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes via Twitter
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been playing for for less than two years, but clearly has the golf bug.
The PGA Tour's playoffs conclude this weekend, but Major League Baseball's pennant races are still going strong. The New York Mets – to the surprise of many, including me – are romping to the division title in the National League East.
One big reason for their shocking surge is their midseason acquisition of Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Since his arrival via trade at the end of July, the Cuban slugger has hit 17 home runs, driven in 41 runs and prompted some to consider him an MVP candidate as the catalyst for the Mets' unexpected turnaround.
Cespedes also won the Home Run Derby before the All-Star Game in both 2013 and 2014 and, at 29, surely has several more good years of baseball ahead of him. Even so, he's already entertaining big ideas for his future in another game – professional golf.
"I've been thinking about it," he said in a recent profile in The New York Daily News. "If there is an opportunity to play professionally later, maybe not [the PGA Tour], but I would like to play golf professionally." 
Cespedes, who only picked up the game 18 months ago, clearly has the golf bug. He says he plays "here [New York], Florida, all places," and often plays with pitcher Jon Niese, his new Mets teammate. 
Professional golf, even at the mini-tour level, is an entirely different animal. But Cespedes sounds as confident about his prospects as he does about baseball.
"Some people who have been playing golf for years and they learn that I've only played a year and a half, they can't believe it," he says, "and they say, 'Incredible.'" 
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes eyes a second career as a pro golfer
Ansley Fetz, right, and Ashley Feemster pause for a photo after watching Jordan Spieth tee off during Wendesday's practice round at East Lake Golf Club.

Ansley Fetz was given tickets to Wednesday's practice round of the Tour Championship by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

She won the internet among golf fans worldwide when this happened:



...that time @feemie and I got photobombed by @jordanspieth @pgatour

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Fetz, a marketing professional who lives in Atlanta, and her friend Ashley Feemster had been watching Jordan Spieth and a few other players on the driving range at East Lake Golf Club.

"We were just out there for a little bit," said Fetz.

Turns out it was just long enough.

As Fetz and Feemster were leaving to catch an Uber ride, they saw Spieth on the 11th tee and stopped to watch.

They then asked someone to snap a photo and the fun began.



Diagram of a photobomb @jordanspieth @feemie @pgatour

A photo posted by Ansley Fetz (@ansleycfetz) on


"The guy that was taking our picture started laughing," said Fetz.

The thumbs-up from Spieth has garnered plenty of Instagram feedback for Fetz and Feemster.

Fetz said friends have always joked about the pair's adventures. The former roommates are often mistaken for sisters.

"Funny things always happen to us when we’re together," she said.

Add this one to the list.

Jordan Spieth photobombs fans at East Lake Golf Club
Callaway Golf's Warrior Club Fitting
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Callaway Golf held its 100th Warrior Club Fitting on the practice range at East Lake ahead of the Tour Championship.
One of the many reasons golf is so great is the commitment to charity so prevalent throughout the game. All the industry's big organizations, all its significant companies and many of its clubs, courses and players devote significant time and money to helping others.
We saw a cool example of that again today in Atlanta, where Callaway Golf held its 100th Warrior Club Fitting on the practice range at East Lake ahead of the Tour Championship. At these events, Callaway provides veterans injured in combat with a custom clubfitting and gives them a brand-new set of clubs.
"Callaway has contributed over $7.6 million to various military support causes," said Callaway President and CEO Chip Brewer, who created the Warrior Fitting program in 2012, ahead of the East Lake event. "I'm particularly proud that the company's military appreciation programs, such as the Callaway Warrior Club Fittings in partnership with Birdies for the Brave, have been longstanding commitments."
Along with a custom clubfitting, the veterans who pariticipate in the Warrior Club Fittings typically get a guided tour of the company's tour trailer – the full-service workshop that builds custom equipment at PGA Tour events – along with swing tips and sometimes the chance to meet Callaway staff players on the driving range. Today, Harris English stopped by as he made his final prep for the Tour Championship.
This 100th Warrior Club Fitting follows Callaway's recent donation of more than $700,000 in golf equipment to active troops and veterans through Birdies For The Brave, Bunkers in Baghdad and the Miramar Marine Corps Community Services. The company has conducted 14 Warrior Club fittings so far in 2015, with one more scheduled for later in the year.
You can see more on today's event on Callaway's and Birdies for the Brave's social media outlets, but here are some photos they shared:
Callaway Golf holds its 100th clubfitting for military veterans