THE FIRST TWO YEARS of the FedEx Cup have been a bit like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. “This porridge is too hot. This porridge is too cold.”
And now PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is searching for “this porridge is just right.”
Following are excerpts from the commissioner’s PGA Tour blog, which address his three key objectives.
“I arrived in Ponte Vedra early this morning from a meeting in Las Vegas, Nev., with our Player Advisory Council, where we discussed potential revisions to the FedEx Cup in 2009. Based on feedback we have received from players, sponsors, media and fans over the past month, as well as our own preliminary review, we have three key objectives for improvements in 2009:
• The Playoffs should build towards a climactic finish, meaning the FedEx Cup should be decided at THE TOUR Championship.
• The FedEx Cup competition should culminate in a dramatic way, meaning a reasonable number of players should be in strong contention to win it at THE TOUR Championship.
• THE TOUR Championship field should consist of the top performers in the Regular Season in addition to players who have excelled in the Playoffs.
“I believe we can achieve these objectives while maintaining the essential structure of the FedEx Cup, including the four Playoff events.”
I agree with the objectives. But can the formula be tweaked to absolutely ensure the desired outcome? I wonder.
−The Armchair Golfer