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Comment from: briangarg [Visitor] Email
I have heard that Deutsche Bank Championship had been in some problem because the bank had used people's money to organize it. Is it true?
09/11/09 @ 16:01
Comment from: Justin Phillips [Visitor] Email
I agree with your comments that the FedEx cup currently does not work. It just does not have the ?feel? of a playoff and does not captivate the fans or the players. This is evidenced by the ratings. Last year?s Tour Championship only mustered a 1.8 TV rating, down 50% from 2007. In reality, the FedEx cup pales in importance to a major. Major events define a player?s career, not FedEx Cups. The primary motivation for players to win the FedEx cup is the lucrative cash prize; there are no sentimental or emotional motivations. Further, it is clearly anticlimactic when the winner has been decided before the playoffs are completed. Last year Vijay Singh clinched the cup before the final two events. What kind of playoff is that? In 2007, Tiger Woods was able to ?sit out? the first playoff event, the Barclays. That would be like the Lakers skipping the first round of the playoffs. Your analogy of the NFL awarding ?the New England Patriots the Super Bowl title a couple of years ago even though they lost to the Giants because they had amassed an 18-0 record up to that point? is precisely what happens during the FedEx Cup. Too much emphasis is placed on past performance, which is contradictory to a playoff system. It does not give the underdogs a chance to win. The past two years have been hopelessly anticlimactic. Is there any hope to mend this flawed playoff system?

I agree with your suggestion that the PGA tour needs to turn to a match play system. In match play the players are playing against each other, not the course. Golf needs to be effectively made into a more competitive sport. They need to have a season long point?s race that culminates in 64 players entering into a match play tournament. They should follow the format of the WCG Match play event, which in my opinion is the most exciting event of the year. The apogee of the FedEx cup would be two players playing 36 holes for $10 million. The prospect of a player needing to make a 7-foot putt on the final hole for a $10 million prize would incite all the emotion and pressure that playoffs should. This would equate the PGA tour playoffs to those of other major sports (NFL, NBA, MLB). I totally agree with you that the ?playoff actually end with the guy who wins the last event being crowned the season champion.? I optimistically wait in anticipation for the day when golf and playoffs work in harmony.
09/22/09 @ 15:03

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