Fedex Cup

Adiós PGA Tour Q-School?

by Derek on March 22, 2011

in Nationwide Tour,PGA Tour

Anthony Kim at Congressional

Anthony Kim went straight from college to the PGA Tour via Q-school in 2006

The NY Times is reporting that the PGA Tour is considering a dramatic change to the end of the season that would significantly reshape how players earn PGA Tour cards.  The net of the idea is that the players who don’t make the FedEx Cup Playoffs would play in a series of 3 tournaments against Nationwide Tour players.  The series would have a points structure and the rankings at the end of the series would determine who gets a PGA Tour card for the following season.

The current speculation is that the tournaments would consist of 75 PGA Tour players and 50 Nationwide Tour players competing for 50 PGA Tour cards.   The Tour’s policy board has given preliminary approval to the concept and began informing players of the decision by memo yesterday.

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The Golf Channel put together a video this morning recapping the top 5 golf shots of the year.  I can’t say that I disagree with any of their selections.  It’s interesting to note that 2 of the top 5 came within the last 3 weeks.  The Fall Finish is proving to be a hell of a lot more exciting and compelling than the FedEx Cup.  When will the tour learn that you can’t just manufacture drama by dangling huge sums of cash in front of a bunch of multi-millionaires?

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Photo by Rob Hayashida

In an inspirational moment to over-sleepers everywhere, Jim Furyk has won the FedEx Cup and claimed both the $10m FedEx Cup prize and $1.3m for winning the Tour Championship.  Furyk added some dramatic tension over the last few holes, but the best bunker player in the world hit one of the most clutch bunker shots of his career to claim golf’s largest payday.

Maybe Furyk can afford a back-up alarm clock now?  Or he could even hire somebody to do this every morning.

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Just in case you needed more convincing that the FedEx Cup scoring system needs significant revision.

Gary Van Sickle has written a great article on why the current FedEx Cup scoring is stupid and how he would change it.   Currently, winning a major counts for 400 points while winning a FedEx cup event counts for 2500 points.  In other words, a player could complete the grandslam and still get 100 less points for those 4 wins combined than Charlie Hoffman got for winning the Deutsche Bank.  In what alternate universe does that make sense?

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ATLANTA—Hoping to win the PGA tour’s FedEx Cup, bewildered NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin critically injured 23 golfers and killed seven others while speeding across the East Lake golf course Thursday. “What—wait, hold on, which cup is this?” asked a visibly confused Hamlin, who after Thursday’s tragedy remains 35 points behind first-place Sprint Cup driver Mark Martin. “Looking back, it was a little weird that I was driving on grass, striking people at high speeds, and not racing any other cars. But I’m a competitor, and if there’s a cup, I’m going to try to win it.” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem later awarded Hamlin 150 FedEx Cup points for his effort.

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From (Steve Elkington)