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by Mike Purkey

As professional golf winds down into the holiday season, we’ll push back away from the table from a summer overstuffed with golf and try to stay lean with a diet that doesn’t mean much for the rest of the year.

In the meantime …

Matt Fitzpatrick’s disappointing Ryder Cup performance was momentarily forgotten with his victory at the DP World Tour Championship. Henrik Stenson, who won the Race to Dubai and has a Claret Jug on his dining room table, could be just now hitting his stride.

Charley Hull finally wins a big event, the CME Group Tour Championship, and Ariya Jutanugarn wins the $1 million bonus and Player of the Year. Lydia Ko changed caddies and is changing her swing. Looks like neither suits her completely.

The European Tour and Rolex stepped up to the plate to create the Rolex Series, a group of seven events with big purses in hopes of keeping more European stars home each summer. However, Fitzpatrick says his ultimate goal is to play the PGA Tour full time. He can expect a phone call from Euro Tour CEO Keith Pelley.

On the PGA Tour, it took the leaders five hours, 13 minutes to play the final round of the RSM Classic, which meant they couldn’t finish the five-man playoff before dark. Nearly all Tour players have the next six weeks off. As slow as they are, it will probably take them eight weeks to do it.

Finally, next week, Tiger Woods will play a tournament for the first time since August 2015 when he tees it up at his event, the Hero World Challenge.

At least that’s what he says.

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