NORTON, Mass. -- Another victory for Vijay Singh is turning the FedEx Cup into another snoozer.
Singh made three long birdie putts and closed with an 8-under 63 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday for his second straight victory in the PGA Tour's playoff system. That gave him such a big lead that he could win the $10 million prize without even showing up at the Tour Championship.
Attribute this to the power of positive thinking.
Singh, who has long struggled with the putter, convinced himself last week that he was the best putter in golf when he won The Barclays in a three-man playoff.
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He made a few more believers on Labor Day at the TPC Boston.
• Scott Verplank was a footnote in 2002 when he became the first American to be a captain's pick without any previous experience in the Ryder Cup.
There might be four Ryder Cup rookies who get picked this year.
U.S. captain Paul Azinger announces his four wild-card selections Tuesday morning in New York, having asked for an additional three weeks to find the hottest players but getting a tepid response from his candidates.
The final audition was the Deutsche Bank Championship, where the only American to finish in the top five was Tim Herron, who recorded his first top 10 of the entire season.
The Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 19-21 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
• PRO FOOTBALL -- NFL players will wear a uniform patch this season to honor NFL Players' Association leader Gene Upshaw, who died Aug. 20.
The league announced Monday that the patch will have the initials GU and the number 63, which he wore while playing for the Oakland Raiders.
Upshaw died of pancreatic cancer just three days after he was diagnosed.
The patch will be worn on the left chest of jerseys and is scheduled to make its debut Thursday, when the New York Giants and Washington Redskins open the season. Upshaw's wife, Terri, and his three sons will participate in the coin toss.
Upshaw made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 as the first player to play guard exclusively. He won two Super Bowls and made seven Pro Bowls in his 307-game NFL career.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Two North Carolina standouts and two from Miami are among the Atlantic Coast Conference's players of the week.
Return man Brandon Tate and defensive end E.J. Wilson were the Tar Heels honored by the league for their performance against McNeese State.
They were joined by Hurricanes defensive lineman Spencer Atkins and freshman quarterback Jacory Harris, Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner, Georgia Tech offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and Virginia Tech cornerback Stephan Virgil.
Tate had a school-record 397 all-purpose yards on 11 plays and scored two touchdowns in the Tar Heels' 35-27 win over McNeese State.
Harris had two touchdowns and 212 total yards in his first college game, a 52-7 rout of Charleston Southern.
• BASEBALL -- The son of Roger Clemens and two other minor league teammates were arrested early Sunday morning and briefly jailed after a disturbance at a restaurant in Salem.
In a news release, police said Koby Clemens, Mark Ori and Jimmy Goethals were arrested after police were called to the parking lot of a restaurant.
Clemens and Ori were charged with disorderly conduct. Goethals was charged with assault and battery.
All three were held in the Roanoke County-Salem Jail before being released on bond.
• LOCAL GOLF -- Michaelann Gill made a hole in one on the second hole at Rock Hill Country Club on Monday. She used a 6-iron from 165 yards. It was her second. Witnesses were Mary Chamberlin and Lucille Ray.