Phil Mickelson's joke about the FedEx Cup is no joke
“Let me get this straight. I just shot 65 on Sunday to win by three shots, while Tiger shot 69. But he gets $10 million and I get $1 million. No, he he he, I’m just joking.”
That was Phil Mickelson’s response (paraphrased) to a post-round query of his thoughts on the FedEx Cup. Pretty funny, the way he pointed out the absurdity of the whole playoff system. I’m all for a playoff-style event but the only way the general public will consider this a true playoff is if two things happen: 1) Whoever is in first place has a chance of getting knocked out in every round - you know, like every other playoff in the sporting world - and 2) the winner of the championship round is crowned champion.
This parallel point-system has many flaws. It is fine for determining the field for the playoffs themselves. Of course, the money list would do the job just as well. But the point system must be reset to zero at the beginning of the playoffs if not discarded altogether. No team in professional sports starts the elimination process with a handicapped lead. And you don’t get one as the playoffs progress either. Could you imagine the winner of the Kentucky Derby starting the Preakness with a head start on the field? Of course not, because that would be ridiculous.
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I can understand some writers and fans being critics, but I'm surprised that any of the players would object to what is really just a monetary bonus pool for them. Get rid of the FedEx Cup and it's just $35 million less in prize money for them to earn. I don't know what Phil was talking about. That he should win the FedEx Cup for winning one tournament or a lower round? Heh.
I understand how its a win for the PGA tour, they after all get to sell naming rights to Fed-Ex for something that they pretty much created out of thin air so that's a pretty sweet deal. The whole thing however is just a big distraction. Phil was the big winner on Sunday, winning the aptly named "Tour Championship", but they had to have Tiger reign in on his parade winning this farce. Its a shame.
Check out my blog on the Fed-Ex cup farce at...... http://www.gosellcrazy.com/2009/09/fed-ex-cup-ploy/
The FedEx Cup is a race and, assuming you have a big enough lead going into the final turn, the entire field can cut into your lead before you hit the wire and you're still the winner.
As to Frank's comments about the whole thing being a farce like the Nascar Cup, what does he think every sporting event is? College football bowl games - made up to boost tourist traffic. The Triple Crown - totally a marketing ploy to boost the profile of horse racing. Golf's Grand Slam - totally a figment of some sports writers imagination.
But, when they have been around as long as the examples mentioned, they become accepted as important touchstones of sport. It doesn't mean they're bad, doesn't mean they're great. That's just what they've become.
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