Sep 3rd, 2015
What's Wrong With The FedEx?
And what are the PGA going to do to fix it?
Words: The Brigadier Photography: Getty Images
Today it’s the start of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TCP Boston. We’re all good to go with that. But it seems that Sergio will be staying at home. And he missed the Barclays as well.
But because he is ranked at No. 43 in the FedEx standings, he will still be able to make the cut of the top 70 golfers and play in both next week’s the BMW Championship, and the crucial Players Tournament.
Carlos Rodriguez, Sergio’s agent, confirmed that the golfer isn’t injured, but he has simply decided not to play in the first half of the playoffs. This is probably so he can rest up, and come out firing all cylinders for the BMW. If he has a half decent hit there, he will still qualify for the Tour Championship, and with that the opportunity to scoop the $10 million prize money.
So what’s this all about? Well, once the field is confirmed for The Tour Championship, the FedEx points are all reset, so that any of the top 30 golfers are in the mix to win the FedEx cup. It’s meant to make the final two events more compelling for golf fans, but we think it just makes a mockery of the 4 tournament set up.
While the FedEx Cup Playoffs should be exciting for the sport and golf fans, Sergio Garcia has shown up the fundamental flaw in the whole set up. He can have a good rest, be fresh and strong, and play 8 rather than 16 rounds of golf to try and get his hands on the big money prize. In our minds, that just cannot be right.
It would be ridiculous in any sport, but somehow it’s still OK for golf, and more importantly golf fans, who ultimately pick up the bill. We are going to get on our high horses about this one. The toys will stay in the pram, but we are going to be shaking our rattles.
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