A number of weeks ago (too many, actually), I posted what the rumored changes are to the 2009 FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour. Well, today the PGA Tour officially announced them. And per the PGA Tour website I will go through them and give my thoughts:
1) “The Playoffs Reset will be moved from its current position prior to the beginning of the Playoffs, to occur prior to the beginning of THE TOUR Championship. Therefore, points earned in the Regular Season will carry through the first three Playoff events.”
This is a fantastic move. This ensures that everyone who had a regular season will have a chance in the Tour Championship. This rule can partly be renamed the Padraig Harrington rule, as he won 2 majors in 2008 but still did not make the Tour Championship because he didn’t play well in the playoffs.
2) “All Playoff events will award points equal to five times a Regular Season event.”
Self-explanatory, good move, and goes along with what you’ll read below about the new points system.
3) “The reset prior to THE TOUR Championship will be calibrated so that all 30 seeds will have a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup, with the top half of the field having a good chance. Further, any of the top five seeds would win the FedExCup with a TOUR Championship victory.”
This is the big goal — make the Tour Championship must-see-TV, and they’ve done exactly that.
4) “Points awarded during Regular Season events will be recalibrated so that the winner receives 500 points, rather than 4,500.”
Finally the points will be easier to understand for both the players and the fans, maybe making it easier for all of us to catch onto and get excited about into.
5) “Certain Regular Season events — the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open, Open Championship, PGA Championship and World Golf Championships will receive bonus points similar to last year (10 percent for majors and five percent for WGCs), but with a small additional bonus to the winners of those events (an additional 10 percent for majors winners and five percent for WGC winners).”
It makes sense, however I do think the majors are getting too little a jump in points..they are after all…the 4 biggest events all year.
6) “Field sizes in the Playoffs will be 125 at The Barclays, 100 at Deutsche Bank Championship, 70 at the BMW Championship and 30 at THE TOUR Championship.”
FINALLY.125 guys get their tour cards but 144 got to start the playoffs? It made 0 sense whatsoever and finally the PGA Tour got the picture and lowered the field number.
Is this perfect? Nope, but it is SO much better and I really think we are going to have a very exciting PGA Tour season and Playoffs, all leading up to the Tour Championship. This new structure and system puts much emphasis on the regular season (finishing last after making the cut gets you a mere 1 point) and should lead to a wild finish come playoff time.
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