The FedEx Cup has an identity crisis, in my opinion. Here we are, eight years into it, and I still haven’t figured out what it’s supposed to represent. Player of the year? No, that’s done by a vote. Leading money winner? No, the $10 million that goes to the winner is considered bonus money, not official prize money. A season-long reward, as it was originally advertised? No, someone can come out of nowhere and get hot and win. A reward for playing the best in the playoffs? No, because a player can win the first three playoff events, finish second at the Tour Championship, and not win the trophy. So, what is the FedEx Cup? My idea helps to give it a bit of an identity, and here it is. First, let’s simplify this thing so it’s easy to follow, instead of using a complicated points system. Re-set everyone at zero points, just like all other sports do. Next, 125 players at the first playoff event, the Barclay’s, are far too many. Let’s cut that down to 75. That represents about the average number of players who make the cut each week, and allows everyone to play all four rounds. Let the top 60 and ties at the Barclay’s move on to the Deutsche Bank; top 45 and ties from there move on to the BMW; and the top 30 and ties move on to the Tour Championship. The only exceptions are that the regular season points leader (this year it was Rory McIlroy) and all playoff winners automatically qualify for all playoff events, including the Tour Championship. My system prevents everyone else from skipping a playoff event and still getting to play the following week. Finally, the winner of the Tour Championship should be the FedEx Cup champion, and make the $10 million official prize money, so the winner of the FedEx Cup also has the honor of being the leading money winner. I believe my idea would vastly improve what the FedEx Cup is now. What do you think?
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