After 12 months, 44 events only one event remains on the 2021-22 PGA Tour schedule — the Tour Championship. The annual event is hosted at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and welcomes the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings. The final tournament has the makings of being exciting as it is usually one of the strongest fields of the entire season. It should be fun, but I am not convinced that the current set up is really the best way to finish off the long grueling season.
After years of complaining from golfers, the FED EX format was changed to a handicap system that benefits the players that have demonstrated the most consistent results over the season. I am not convinced that this is the best way to go, but they have settled on this format and that is the way it goes. If you are wondering, the 30 players teeing it up on Thursday will start in these positions:
As you can see, the number one golfer in the world has a huge lead over the rest of the field. Scheffler is starting from a position of strength and the chances of players like Adam Scott or Aaron Wise catching him are remote at best. I think the lead the by the number on players in the FED EX standings is too great to over come for any player not in the top 15 and more likely in the top 10.
If this is the case, what is the point of having the last 15 players in the field except to make money. With 75 million up for grabs (and the winner taking home 18 million) the Tour Championship is all about the money. With a field of only 30 players, I am not sure it is as exciting to watch as a Major. There is more down time between shots and depending on how well everyone is playing, only a handful will be featured on TV.
I understand the importance of having a final tournament, but I am not convinced of the Tour Championships format. Regardless, it should be a great tournament to watch and I am looking forward to watching some magic by the best players in 2022. Thoughts?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!