Fed Ex Cup playoffs suffer mightily without Tiger Woods
With Tiger Woods out, interest is like the American economy, as in falling off the table.
Still, there are some very interesting scenario which will keep hardcore fans interested. To the tour’s credit, they fixed some things that made last year’s playoffs seem bogus in some respects.
First of all, that $10 million payoff. It sounded great, until we learned it came in the form of a retirement annuity. That is SO PGA Tour-like – which has shown a consistent tendency to make things as dull as possible. All of these guys are already set for life.
Wheel it out in a wheelbarrow and dump it on the winner’s head. Have Angela Jolie tuck it into her bikini. Well, not quite, but the winner will get $9 million in cash this year.
Also, more people actually have a shot at it this year, as opposed to last year. Not many, but more.
The tour narrowed the big discrepancy in points at the reset before the playoffs begin, so more players have a chance of moving up. It won’t be as status quo as last year. Victories are worth more points. More players will be more motivated, hopefully.
Wish I could say the same for the fans.
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Maybe the overall viewership might be down this year as compared to last year but hat is bound to happen without a big crowd puller like Tiger Woods sitting at home. But the interest is bound to see an increase because of the playoffs structure. With so many players in the reckoning this year, I think Tim Finchem might just breathe a huge sigh of relief. After all he did cop a lot of stick last year with so many inherent flaws in the structure. A little bit of tightening and an open competition means better results and a little more praise for the commissioner.
They managed to overcome the biggest flaw in the structure, which was the mode of payment and god bless them for that. Now if we could get some theatrics and a fancy setting to hand over the money to the winner then I think we can safely say they would have ‘righted’ their wrongs.
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