PGA Post Season September 25, 2007, 1:43 pm

by Doug W.
I think there are some good comments bout tweaking the FedEx Cup here but after some thought I have to take a more cynical view which it is pretty hopeless. The money made between endorsements and tournements render the top dogs so wealthy that they have nothing to prove or incentive to play. Bragging rights is not going to work here. If the world ranking, Vardon trophy, etc were riding on it then maybe....I think the whole thing was a waste of time. The Tour championship has been in decline for years. These guys are just not hungry enough IMHO. Maybe I am wrong here and there is a way to do this.....just not sure what that is except deduct points for missing tournaments, not just failing to award points and require the op players to play in a weighted set of tournaments not just act as independent contractors as theydo now. The class system is present in the PGA.

Post Season GOLF September 25, 2007, 1:32 pm

by Dick Rocchio
I am a golf fan. There is no such thing as a "meaningless tournament." Just because Tiger isn't playing doesn't make it less interesting. The Turning Stone event this past weekend was one of the best of the year. Maybe Tiger makes it less meaningful. Is that possible?

Re: September 26, 2007, 6:05 am

RE: Post Season GOLF September 26, 2007, 6:05 am

by Sam
I'm a golf fan and I enjoy watching good golf. The tour is made up of a lot of different players, not just one. Now I can enjoy watching some tournaments and seeing (and hearing about) a lot of different players. Makes it more interesting for me.....

PGA Post Season September 25, 2007, 1:28 pm

by Gaetan Albert
I too am in the camp of those who are disappointed with this year's FedEx Cup and the way many tournaments have suffered.
Since not all players play in every tournament and many pick and chose which and how many to play, I think that the point system needs to be completely revamped and the post season tournaments need to be stretched later into the season. I think that points should be awarded on a round by round basis, not just for how you finished in a tournament. That way players who miss a cut will not be left pointless at a given tournament and players who play a greater number of tournaments will receive more points for the rounds played. It could also include some points for the order of finish and perhaps the majors could allocate more points to each round.
All I know is that I definitely want to see something totally different next year.

Fed-Ex Cup September 25, 2007, 1:24 pm

by Bob Smith
How can you get excited about something (Fed-Ex Cup) that nobody explains ahead of time. Sports pages, golf mags, TV announcers -- no explanation. I gave up and went to the Fed-Ex website to understand it. I guess maybe most sports news sources figured it was too complicated to try to explain.

Golfs Post Season September 25, 2007, 1:19 pm

by Bob
The problem I was having with post season or playoff, was that golf is an individual sport and (in my opinion) they were trying to make it fit the formats for other team sports (football, baseball, hockey). I wonder if they looked at a format more like tennis ( another individual sport ) it wouldn't be more applicable? They could seed the top whatever number players, hopefully less than they did with the fed ex cup this year, and play brackets. It was ridiculus to have a regular season, then have almost everyone play in the post season, with the top players having a head start on the field. Play the regular season, take the top 64 players, start them all at zero, and play. It was also equally ridiculous to think these top players, or any players, were going to play 4 straight weeks, as non usually do anyway. And missing an event and still being in contention and able to win is troublesome to comprehend, so hopefully someone figured it out that 4 consecutive weeks is not a formula for success.

post fedEx Cup tourneys September 25, 2007, 12:58 pm

by kj howe
To give an example of how misguided the PGA leadership is, look at the Las Vegas event, Fry's Invitational,formerly The las Vegas Invitational, which, under the former organizers, The Las Vegas Founder's Club, was the first million dollar tournament. Tiger won his first there and the player's loved the locale. Now, however, it is after the FedEX Cup, and has become a meaningless event except for those players trying to keep or achieve their exempt status, or a former winner or two. Consequently, the gate will be terrible, the tv ratings will be less than desireable for sponsors, and a most desireable locale will be in jeopardy. kj howe

Fall Series September 25, 2007, 12:23 pm

by Steve
The FedEx Cup didn't change anything in this regard. None of the top players ever showed up at these events anyway. The Tour Championship was always their final event. The last 6-8 tournaments are strictly for those trying to keep their tour card. That should be the focus of the coverage, just as those on the bubble during the "playoffs" were.

 

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