How To Fix PGA's FedEx Cup
Though I'm a golf traditionalist, I am a big supporter of the FedEx Cup series of events. But there have been two basic criticisms of this event.
1—The points system is too confusing during the final tournament.
2—The $10 million prize is an obscenely large amount of money.
I don't disagree with either criticism, although I can't say either one bothers me tremendously, either. The awkward part about the money which I've never heard anyone mention is the irony of playing for such a large amount of prize money at East Lake Golf Club.
This was the home course of amateur golf pioneer Bobby Jones, who never accepted a dime of prize money in his career. Talk about rolling over in one's grave.
On the positive side, the FedEx Cup has accomplished many things.
1—The three initial events are played in New York, Boston and Chicago, the three most populated urban centers in the U.S. As it attempts to survive in a sports world ruled by football, this is a huge boost for the PGA Tour.
2—They've finally provided an "end" to the golf season. Previously, after the PGA Championship, the golf season just meandered aimlessly until the November Tour Championship, where the 30 top money winners met. Very few people outside of hardcore golf fans paid much attention to the Tour Championship.
3—By moving the Tour Championship to early September and staging three high profile events together prior to it, they've managed to attract top notch fields for another full month after the majors are over for the year. This is a huge boon to golf fans.
4—Finally, for those of us who liked the Tour Championship, its profile has been raised tremendously, even though the top 30 money winners aren't guaranteed to make it anymore, which is kind of sad.
I have a proposal to resolve the confusion regarding the FedEx Cup point system.
First, let's drop the word "playoffs" from the whole affair. This is golf, not the NFL. There's never going to be a clear National Champion in golf. Stop raising the expectation. That's half of what's confusing everyone.
Second, let's have the winner of the Tour Championship win the FedEx Cup. What's wrong with that? Season-long points have already been tweaked to only allow entry into the first tournament of the series. That's fine.
Under this proposal, the FedEx Cup becomes a really great event of four season-ending golf tournaments. No more points once the first event starts.
In the first three tournaments, we have a series of stricter cuts. Only the survivors advance to the next tournament. The top 30 from the third tournament advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake. The winner wins the Fedex Cup.
Let's just call it the "Race For the FedEx Cup."
It's not like a playoff in football or baseball, so cut the hype and play some golf!
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