After one round, it's clear - FedEx Cup a complete and total failure
With one round in the books in 2007 PGA season, one simple fact has emerged - the new FedEx Cup is an embarrassing failure. Am I leaping to judgment too quickly? Of course, but face it, can you imagine an entire year of hearing FedEx Cup talk?
By missing the season-opening Mercedes Benz Championship, both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson gave the FedEx Cup (the “FEC” perhaps?) a resounding “meh.” Of the stars there, early leader Vijay Singh made his feelings the most clear.
“Well, there’s so much going on about FedExCup, I’m tired of listening to it, you know,” said Vijay Singh after the first round. Even better than that was the fact that he was immediately asked again about the FedEx Cup. ” just answered that question, didn’t I? I’m not worried about the FedExCup. It’s a great thing for us to think of when the time comes to think about it.”
At first blush, the FedEx Cup comes off a bit like college football’s Bowl Championship Series, but it’s actually worse than that. What it does more than anything is just add another layer of “victory” onto the whole thing. And give golfers and golf fans a literal slew of rules and regulations to try and remember. And give golf reporters mandatory questions to ask every single interview.
“So, how do you feel about your position in the FedEx Cup?”
After one round of golf, I can say without any hyperbole whatsoever, that the FedEx Cup was a stupid idea that should be buried next to the Edsel and faith-based initiatives in the grave of bad ideas. The “new era in golf” will be a heck of a lot like the old era. It’ll just include a lot of pointless yammering about the FEC and one golfer will make mad bank at the end of the year. This is by no means a fair tradeoff, and, after seeing the FEC in practice for 24 hours, I’ve come to the conclusion that the whole idea needs to be scrapped.
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Tiger when he created his Target event was forced to pay the PGA a fee of $1 million for having the event; reportedly, Tiger said, 'that will not happen again.' Tiger is not a 'company' man, and the FEC is PGA's attempt to use 'golden handcuffs' to help them feel like they are in control.
Like Furyk, I believe the low point total for the majors is a huge disgrace and embarrassment. Those events should have had 3x the total points, not a few hundred points more.
The majors define golf, the PGA is trying to control golf, and the result is the pathetic FEC.
When an organization searches for the almighty dollar myopia sets in and the slippery slope toward mediocrity occurs.
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