The FedEx Cup

The FedEx Cup - a race for 10 million dollars!

The FedEx Cup – a race for 10 million dollars!

The race for 10 million dollars is on! The final tournament, Wyndham Championship, concluded today and set the stage for the four-tournament playoff  that will crown the FedEx Cup champion. This elimination style competition starts with The Barclay’s on Thursday.

For the first time in 2013-14, the PGA TOUR embarks on a wraparound schedule that bridges two years with a total of 45 events played over 43 weeks. The PGA TOUR season is divided into two segments – the FedExCup Season (41 events) and the FedExCup Playoffs (4 events) – played over 43 weeks.

The FedExCup Playoffs once again features four events, starting with The Barclays (Aug. 21-24) at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., onto the Deutsche Bank Championship (August 29-Sept. 1) at TPC Boston and BMW Championship (Sept. 4-7) at Cherry Hills Country Club outside Denver, before concluding at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. (FedEx Cup)

The FedEx Cup is an interesting golf competition because of the “play well – move on” format. At the Barclays, all 125 players will start, but only 100 players will move on to the next event at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The third week at the BMW championship will only have 70 players competing; then at the TOUR Championship, 30 players will be left to vie for the 10 million dollar grand prize.

I have talked about the FedEx Cup before and my view still stands. The FedEx Cup needs to create more excitement! I thought I would share my thoughts from before when I compared the FedEx Cup with the World Cup of Soccer:

Limiting the FedEx Cup field through the final four tournaments is definitely a must!  It does provide a level of excitement that peaks the interest of most sports enthusiasts.  However, this is where real excitement for sports fans fades. The current FedEx Cup format does produce a strong field, but unfortunately the format only ensures the big names in golf make it to the finals. There is no real “David and Goliath” excitement; the underdog remains under; and there is no last-minute heroic sand shot remembered for 60 years!  The FedEx Cup playoffs is like watching the same group of players week- in and week-out win large purses without any real excitement.  6 of the top 10 ranked players in the FedEx Cup are also in the top 10 in the world!  It is somewhat exciting for true golfing fans, but the current format does not generate the enthusiasm of a World Cup event.

The FedExCup should take a page from the World Cup.  Have all the qualifying tournaments to set up the 125-man field for the playoffs.  Then, have all the players start with zero points and let the chips fall where they may.  Lose and go home!

Adopt the World Cup way.  Once the playoffs start, everything should be performance based.  If a pro plays well, they make it to the next stage.  If not, better luck next year.  Regardless of their world ranking, it allows the 125th ranked player the opportunity to reach out and rip the title out of the hands of the giant.

This format will make for great golf!  It will elevate the FedEx Cup to the ranks of a must see sporting event! All sport nuts remember the huge upset, but rarely remember the team that should have won. Creating excitement on any playing field is really what fans want!

This sums up my thoughts on the FedEx Cup. It is great to watch some fantastic golf, however I would like to see more excitement in the event.

What do you think? Could the format change to create more excitement for sports fans?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!





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  4. Hi Jim,

    Part of me would like to see the FedEx Cup decided by match play. Maybe a couple of stroke play events to cut the 125 man field down and seat players, and then go head to head. Like you said, this would give the underdog a better shot at taking down the big guns and you’d end up with a winner take all match that would certainly draw excitement, as in other sports. They’re obviously trying to reward season long performance and keep more big names around longer, but that shouldn’t be the point of “playoffs”. I like the FedEx Cup, but calling them playoffs seems a bit misleading.

    Nice write up



  5. Jim, I am with you on the fading excitement factor. Speaking just for myself, my interest wanes after the PGA Championship, and in odd years, the Ryder Cup. I even have trouble getting excited for The Presidents Cup, and the whole thing probably coincides with the start of football season and the MLB playoffs. I think the PGA Tour may have simply run up against the law of diminishing returns with the FedEx Cup. Trying to milk the whole calendar for professional golf seems like a bit much. Thanks, Brian


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