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"LPGA Playoff" vs. "PGA Tour Playoffs"

In the AP story previewing this week's LPGA Tournament of Champions The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions presented by Kathy Ireland Worldwide, it is noted that Lorena Ochoa is trying to wrap up the LPGA Tour's player of the year award before she faces Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb again.

And to show how determined she is to prevent Ochoa from winning, Annika is playing "in Greg Norman's Merrill Lynch Shootout this week, while Webb is taking a break after winning the Mizuno Classic in Japan to move into second place in the points race."

Now, I guess I don't follow the LPGA closely enough, because I was confused about the player of the year points race. Apparently it's different than the points race to get into next week's ADT Championship, where first place is $1 million and they have a pretty wild final day format planned.

The ADT goes like this:

a. The first cut will be after 36 holes to 16 players with a sudden-death playoff used in case of a tie.
b. The second cut will be after 54 holes to eight players with a sudden-death playoff used in case of a tie (scores are cumulative through 54 holes).
c. The final round will be played in four groups of two, with all players starting with a fresh scorecard.
d. Whoever shoots the lowest score in the final round will win the ADT Championship. A sudden-death playoff will be used in case of a tie.

Now that's a playoff! 

Imagine if the PGA Tour incorporated something like that for the Tour Championship TOUR Championship?

Key word here: imagine.

Because the ADT concept is bold, creative and crazy in a fun way, qualities we probably don't have to worry about associating with the PGA Tour.

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Reader Comments (4)

I think if we jump back in the time machine we might find a format like this was used during some of the initial Stableford tournaments. But then the Professional Grousers Assn. got more involved and make them change the format back to something more traditional.
Kudos to the LPGA for trying something challenging and innovative. I'm sure they are praying that Pink Panther and Calender girl make the cut to get some ratings.
11.9.2006 | Unregistered CommenterAl
Maybe Birdie Kim will win the big one again under this format.
11.9.2006 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.
Steven T is right. Geoff, do you really think that if the TOUR uses your proposed 4 week playoff format, that EITHER tiger or Phil will show.

And before you answer, consider whether T Finchem actually asked either/both for their opinions before he proposed the current format.
11.9.2006 | Unregistered Commenterscott stearns
Oh guys I understand that the major problem here is that the Tour doesn't want to risk a Tiger elimination at any point. But they have to stop calling it a playoff if they aren't going to try something slightly different.
11.9.2006 | Registered CommenterGeoff

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