FedEx Cup Points - MacDuff's Take

Reader MacDuff came up with a simple points system for the FedEx Cup. The actual breakdown of points is causing all sorts of fun and apparently not-so-pretty internal debates within the Tour.

The players were given four models for points breakdowns this week. Talk at the Nissan focused on some sort of weighted system for events with better fields, using, what else, but the World Rankings. In other words, the system might protect those playing in the limited field events that feature more players high in the rankings. When in fact many others believe the system should reward consistent and persistent play.

Davis Love had this to say at Doral earlier in the week:

It's just a matter of how do you tweak it so you get, like NASCAR, you get the guys in there you want, you get the best players that make it, and the best players are incentivized to play. The NASCAR thing wouldn't work, if you got seeded No. 1 and all you had to do was show up for the races and you would win; that's not exciting.

So they want you to make the Top 10, and they want you to race hard the rest of the season. That's what they want here. We want guys to race hard, get a top ranking and then want you to have to play hard to win, and play all of them. So that's the balance

MacDuff offers this look at the top 70 based on a rather sensible points breakdown (25 pts as a base for those making cut and finishing last, with top ten having a better differential and the top spot "getting a hefty bonus.") He also lists the events played. Note that everyone in the top 10 had played at least 5 events.

It appears that solid, consistent and frequent play would be rewarded under a system where points are rewarded equally from tournament to tournament.

And that last trait will make those internal FedEx discussions quite interesting. Apologies for the formatting...and thanks again to MacDuff for doing this:

Sabbatini     10891.66      7
C.Campbell        8025          6
Mickelson        7484.37        5
Furyk        7133.33        5
Singh        7021.87        5
Petersson     6983.33        6
Lehman        6962.5        5
Appleby        6858.33        5
Glover        6754.16        5
Oberholser    6737.5        5
Toms        6709.37        4
Gf. Ogilvy        6400        4
Weir        5834.37        4
Palmer    5691.66        5
Rollins    5662.5        5
Donald    5609.37        4
JB Holmes    5433.33        4
Verplank    5362.5        4
N.Green    5137.5        4
T.Clark    5067.5        5
Barlow    5051        5
Cink    5021.33        5
Van Pelt    5015        5
Parnevik    4905        5
Leonard    4862.5        4
J.Ogilvie    4545        4
Chopra    4512        5
Mayfair    4491.66        5
Calc    4450        5
Olazabal    4412.5        3
Olin Browne    4387.5        5
A.Scott    4375        3
Jobe    4355        4
Rose    4341.66        4
DiMarco    4159.37        3
Watney    4137.5        4
Matteson    4100        4
Bub Watson    4000        3
Love III    3987.5        3
T.Woods    3971.87        3
Vn Taylor    3825        4
Branshaw    3812.5        3
Pernice    3787.5        3
Estes    3775        3
J.Byrd    3750        3
D.Wilson    3737.5        4
Kelly    3725        3
Bertsch    3700        4
Choi    3675        3
Bohn    3650        3
Couples    3650        4
Triplett    3537.5        2
Bjornstad    3530        4
Atwal    3487.5        3
Immelman    3487.5        3
Crane    3482.5        3
Gay    3475        4
J.Smith    3462.5        3
Slocum    3450        4
Warren    3420.83        3
Senden    3412.5        3
Gore    3350        3
Z.Johnson    3337.5        3
Garcia    3325        2
Perry    3300        3
Pampling    3292.5        4
Bryant    3287.5        3
Purdy    3262.5        4
Maruyama    3225        5
Langer    3129.16        3