Commentary: A banner year for the FedEx Cup playoffs

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Published: September 12, 2012
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— Phil Mickelson, an exception in so many ways, calculated the odds and did the math.

Remember, this is the guy who once had his caddie tend the flag when he was 72 yards away in the fairway at Torrey Pines because he needed eagle to force a playoff. One year at Firestone, he contemplated hitting driver off the deck on the par-5 16th and trying to skip it across the pond to get it close. And then were was Bay Hill, the year Mickelson was two shots behind Tiger Woods and tried hitting 4-iron under the trees and over the water for a chance at eagle.

He didn't pull off...

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