The dreaded "reset" reared its ugliest and most comedic head yet by depriving Bernhard Langer of the 2017 Schwab Cup.
On the list of hideous crimes this one will not register and Langer's amazing season will not in any way be minimized by a ridiculous algorithm or playoff points reset. However, for a sponsor like Charles Schwab, an association with a goofily rigged competition should not be allowed to continue. Unless Schwab wants to stand for rewarding distant-second excellence.
A season-long points race loses credibility when a player has 16 top-10s, 21 top-20s and 7 wins in 22 starts (including the first two playoff events and 3 of 5 majors!), but fails to beat someone whose playoffs went like this: T47, T27, 1.
Will Gray at GolfChannel.com pointed this fun fact out:
This is Sutherland's first tournament victory since his lone PGA Tour title at the 2002 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. It marks the first time since 2013 that someone other than Langer won the season-long trophy on the over-50 circuit.
My favorite stat of all from Kevin Casey at Golfweek:
Overall, Langer fails to capture the Schwab Cup despite a season that included more wins than his last two Schwab-Cup-winning campaigns combined.
That's not fair to Kevin Sutherland. After all he won...once. The last event.
There is one positive for the PGA Tour: with the FedExCup avoiding any major points reset drama this year, the Schwab takes over the Reset Cup mantle.
**We discussed on Morning Drive. Well, I gave a light rant. It's 5:20 am and the Schwab Cup, so I can only muster up so much rage.