Back 9 Report: Kicking off the FedEx Cup playoffs in style
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Back 9 Report: Kicking off the FedEx Cup playoffs in style

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On this week's Back 9 Report, hosts Fred Altvater and Carlos Torres talk through the golf headlines and get ready for the 2017 Dell Technologies Championship.

The guys recap the exciting duel between Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth at The Northern Trust, the first stop in the FedEx Cup playoffs. They review Sung Hyun Park’s victory on the LPGA Tour in Canada, Jerry Kelly’s first PGA Tour Champions win in Seattle, plus 25 new 2017-18 PGA Tour Cards were awarded after the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Tour.

In the Par 5 News, Tiger Woods made headlines news again last week when he and his former girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn, had their privacy violated, plus Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne resigns.

They discuss the reasons for declining golf viewership on network television. Is it due to lack of a marquee star? Does the tour need a competitive match-up like Arnie and Jack? Are there too many ways to watch golf via mobile devices? Is there too much over saturation of golf on television?

America’s Golfing Couple, Danny and Alice Scott, talk the best golf resorts in Michigan and around the world, plus Fred reviews his recent trip to three of Michigan’s BEST oglf resorts: Forest Dunes, Boyne and Grand Traverse.

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