I’d say that, in the long run, Sean O’Hair said it more succinctly.
The Tour Championship was done. Phil Mickelson had not just won, he had blitzed the field. Eighteen holes with five birdies and nary a bogey, a round of 65, five strokes better than Tiger Woods, who finished second.
But in the winner’s circle there were two champions to crown.
O’Hair had spent the day partnering Mickelson — he shot 69 and finished third — and he was trying to answer questions about how the day had gone. You see, not a lot of us, including the players, have a clear idea of how the FedEx Cup competition works.
“Did Tiger make a par there?” he asked, speaking of the 17th hole.
Assured that Tiger had, he said, “So he won the FedEx Cup then.”
Yeah, Phil won the battle, but Tiger won the war, meaning that Mickelson had won the Tour Championship, but Tiger had won the oddly designed FedEx Cup, and the loot.
“I’d prefer, I think, to have the $10 million dollars in my pocket,” O’Hair said.