There has been an ongoing question about if the events that would start the new FedEx Cup season but occur in the previous calendar year (in other words the 2014 FedEx Cup events that will occur in the fall of 2013) should receive full or half points. Well, according to Dave Shedloski of Golf Digest, the answer appears to be full:
The current Fall Finish events that will move to the beginning of a split-calendar season in 2013 are likely to be worth full FedEx Cup points. The PGA Tour Policy Board still has to vote on the measure, but that was the recommendation the board received from Player Advisory Council, which met Tuesday at the RBC Heritage.
“The thinking was that if we’re going to go through all this trouble to change the schedule and incorporate the fall events into the regular season, the points should be equal to the other events on the schedule,” said Jim Furyk, one of four players on the Policy Board.
I’m all for this — I believe every event except for the events that occur parallel to the World Golf Championship events deserve full points. And to those who say that it will diminish the importance of Australia or the West Coast Swing I disagree. I can see how it affects Australia (people staying home to play versus traveling abroad) but I don’t see how it affects the West Coast Swing.
Players play the events they want to, and that’s the bottom line. Unless the math works out so dramatically so that you HAVE to play these events to have a viable shot of making the Playoffs and the only way to do so is to eliminate events somewhere else, I don’t think any swing or state or event will get hurt.