Tour Championship Leaves a Great Deal to Be Desired
Saturday, September 5, 2020

    Here are two words that I think neatly describe the new format for deciding the FedEx Cup: it stinks. 

    Whomever came up with this horror story and convinced the other bigwigs on the PGA Tour to go along with him (or her) must be patting him/her self on the back. I'm sure others who feel like I do would like to bop them on the bean. 

    At courses all over the U. S. a handicap system is used to make it even when a scratch player goes up against a 10-handicapper so the lesser guy has a chance to win a bet. It's not supposed to be that way in the big leagues.

    After round 1 yesterday at East Lake Golf Club, Jon Rahm shot a 5-under-65 and should be two strokes ahead of Dustin Johnson,who shit 3-under-67. But Rahm should be one stroke behind Rory McIlroy and Abraham Ancer, who both shot6-under-64. But under the handicap system for Tour Championship that rewards the players who are higher up on the points list, Rahmand Johnsonare tied ay minus 13, followed by Justin Thomas at minus 11, Rory at minus 9 and Ancer at minus 7. 

    If you want to inflict this type of event on the unwitting public, that's fine. But do it as a stand-alone event; don't call it the Tour Championship, because it isn't. Let the Tour Championship be a real Tour Championship. 

    Behind this group of five are four players who are tied at minus 6. Two shot 67, one 68 and one 70. It just ain't fair.  

    The one Gator left in the mix is Billy Horschel: he shot 70 and is tied for 26th. The lone Seminole is Daniel Berger who shot 69 and is tied for 10th at minus 5.


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