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In the last two years of the FedEx Cup playoffs, a runner-up finish for Martin Laird at The Barclays and for Chez Reavie at the Deutsche Bank Championship was enough for them to lock up a spot in the Tour Championship _ and three of the majors _ after what had been ordinary seasons.
Journalists may scorn Sarah Palin, but they love covering her; it is sport, and the press went into full cry once Fox Business News leaked a Monday night interview with Mrs. Palin in which she revealed that, yes, "it's never too late" for candidates to jump into the 2012 race, adding "things can be shaken up ... who knows what will happen?"
Luke Donald is the first player to win the money title on the PGA Tour and the European Tour in the same season. He is not the first player to win the most money on both tours in the same year.
Big dreams and a little luck can go a long way in golf, though this much should be clear about the 160 players who finished Q-school, and the 27 players who walked away with a full-time job on the PGA Tour: