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Playoff System Designed To Ensure Tiger Woods Makes It To The Final Weekend Begins Without Tiger Woods

Just remember over the next four weeks: every time we get a rundown of the points permutations, FedExCup standings, points resets, whiteboard scenarios and other geeky nonsense, this was a points system built around making sure one person would be playing right up to the final weekend at East Lake.

Now that the person in question did not qualify for the "playoffs," maybe we can talk about a format change where the algorithms are not in charge and the players face elimination if they don't play well, all capped off by an easy-to-understand ADT-style finale that would be make for must see TV?

Okay, I swear...last FedExCup format rant for 2011.

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I wonder how Fedex and all the money they dumped into this thing feel about Tiger not playing. Would they sign a similar contract again, without the "Tiger-clause" - i dont think so.
08.25.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkafka01
Love that photo. They've done such a good job with the pot plants you can barely tell there's a hideous big van parked there!
[Note: British sarcasm]
08.25.2011 | Unregistered Commenteract38
I believe there are no free drops from that 'van garden' either.

08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDick Mahoon
Great headline, Geoff.
08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTXQ
Fuck the FedEx cup.
08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterUPS
"Great headline, Geoff "...ditto...and kudos for exposing the FedEX money grab for what it is/was...a pathetic kiss-up to Tiger Woods.
08.25.2011 | Unregistered Commenterrb
Isn't it ironic that Tiger Woods would have been at the Barclays if they hadn't invented the stupid points list and had just gone by the money list?
08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
If that's the case, then too many players who are playing too much lousy golf are making too much money. First good mark for the Fedex that it actually calculates achievement over rewards for dubious achievement.
08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKCMG
It's easy to throw punches when someone isn't looking. It's also easy to kick them when their down. I wonder if this blog would even be here if it wasn't for Tiger. Your a true media star !
08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMA
I guess Fed-Ex/PGA is regretting not having a five year exemption for past champions like "other" majors.
While the play-off system itself is designed to make sure as many big names as possible make it to Atlanta, the qualification system is biased towards individuals who play a lot and have mediocre finishes vs those who play slightly less and have decent finishes (top 40 vs top 25), it is also weighted so that those who don't play in as many big money events (WGC's/Majors) have a better chance than they would if it was based on the money list.

The single greatest difference (amongst the top 132 based on spreadsheet put together by Ryan Ballangee) between spot on Fed Ex Cup list and Money list belonged to McGirt, who is in the 150's on the money list and 125 on Fed Ex. He has two top 25's this year, no top 10's etc, and made 50% of his cuts

The second greatest difference belongs to Tiger, who is 113 on the money list as compared to 130's in fed ex standings. He has a top 5, top 10, and a top 25 this year. + 1 MC
08.25.2011 | Unregistered Commenterelf
@ VRWC Good point, but Captain Couples has already implemented the "past -10 - years" champion's exemption for TW on the President's Cup. Kiss, Kiss, Kiss. We can understand John Cook being loyal to TW, Cook has had a Nike contract *apparel and equipment - $$$) since TW and he became Isleworth buddies and until he qualified for the Champions' Tour Cook hadn't hit a lick in 5-7 years on the PGA Tour so the contract was significant.. So the Nike contract was worth a "friendship" I suppose. But Couples? What's up with the logic. So TW was the best player in the world for 1- 12 years - that was two years ago! Three of these four players are not going to make it - one less spot available now that Couples has named TW already - Furyk, Fowler, Bill Haas, and the recent PGA Champion - Keegan Bradley who has 2 wins this year and a major!!! And he wasn't even elgible for the tour in 2010 so he garnered ZERO points in 2010.. I would take any of these four players over TW the past 2 years! That is why they keep the points isn't it. Yes - of course TW was better than any of them prior to 2 years ago, but the President's Cup is THIS YEAR! Bradley should almost be an auto pick with his record this year alone. How many U. S. players have won a major the past two years? Micleson, that' it - and of course Bradley!
08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBigDaddy
Move the damn plants to the concession stand. Who the hell makes these decisions? Or is someones cousin owner of a nursery in Jersey City?
08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolden Caulfield
@ BigDaddy, Couples and Cook could arguably be considered a couple of the nicest guys to play the Tour in the last 25 years -- what are we missing about them? Do you think they are stupid? Thoughts?
08.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
When Tiger was dominating, I got fed up watching him, I got fed up watching a five hour broadcast with three hours of Tiger. I got fed up with his insincerity and I got fed up hearing the word "fun".

His demise however has left a void in the game, as proven since his fall from the top of the game, he has mentally destroyed an entire generation of golfers, none are ready, or good enough or have the belief to dominate or win majors. Imagine if this had happened to Jack Nicklaus? Watson, Trevino, Player would have been like kids under an apple tree gathering up majors.

I never thought I'd say this but I miss Tiger.
08.26.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjb
Yet another Tiger-bash. Schadenfreude is never a good thing...
@act38: if you have to state that it was sarcasm, don't try it...
08.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiTommasi
I like the fact that we can now watch the event without all the talk being Tiger related. Gives other golfers a chance to show off their skills. If anything it's made me become more of a golf watcher because frankly there is more excitement now, I don't know who is going to be taking the win.
08.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGolf Packages

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