No Reason to Care About the PGA Tour FedEx Cup Winner

Mike LynchContributor IIISeptember 25, 2011

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Phil Mickelson (L), winner of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola poses alongside Tiger Woods, winner of the 2009 FedExCup at East Lake Golf Club on September 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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I sincerely hope that the winner of the Tour Championship happens to win the FedEx Cup.  They deserve the spotlight after coming out on top of a very strong 30 player field.  

However, the PGA Tour insists on directing our attention towards the player that will win a title based on a season-long arbitrary points system.

The FedEx Cup is a positive in that it provides four weeks of high-quality fields for the golf fan to watch.  The concept behind it, however, is just downright silly. You cannot have a fair playoff system in a sport like golf.

In what is billed as the PGA Tour finals, the possibility exists that the tournament winner will not win the FedEx Cup championship.  This is because every golfer enters with a certain number of points, rather than with a clean slate.  

Imagine the Super Bowl being awarded to the losing team because they had a better regular season and had to be beat by 14 points in order to lose the Lombardi Trophy.

In any team playoff system, the past plays no factor in determining who wins a playoff game or series.  Yes, teams are seeded, but they do not receive points in the playoffs as credit for a high seed.  

In a golf tournament, the lowest score wins regardless of world ranking or FedEx Cup points.  Tiger Woods is not given 10 strokes on the field for having a more illustrious career than anyone else in the tournament.  Rory McIlroy was not awarded the Masters because he had the lead for 63 holes.

The FedEx Cup fails on two separate fronts.  It creates a weighted playoff system which would look downright ridiculous if any other sport used it.  Secondly, the winner is determined by a much different process than a winner of a regular golf tournament.

It is downright irritating trying to watch a golf tournament and having the projected FedEx Cup final standings being shown every 30 seconds.  If your system of determining a champion is that complicated, it is probably not very accurate.  The FedEx Cup champion is not automatically awarded the PGA Tour Player of the year title either.

The PGA Tour is pushing the FedEx Cup winner way out of proportion.  They can have a points system champion, but don't give the guy $10 million dollars and don't make it out to be like a major championship.  

The holy grails of golf are the four major championships.  Whoever shoots the lowest score wins the tournament; it is very simple.  Golfers are judged by these tournaments, not by accumulating points over a season.  

Greg Norman spent over 300 weeks ranked as the world's top player.  He will be remembered more for only winning two major championships.  In 1986 he held the lead after 54 holes in every major.  

Yet 1986 instantly is remembered for Jack Nicklaus' back nine 30 to win the Masters.

Golfers are not remembered for top 10's, they are remembered for wins.  I will be interested in who wins the Tour Championship, not the FedEx Cup.