Let’s start by saying the FedEx Cup playoffs have accomplished their primary goal:
They’ve made Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker and Henrik Stenson even richer.
OK, so maybe that wasn’t the primary goal but when you roll out $67 million across a four-tournament span, a big part of the incentive is somebody getting rich.
The other thing the playoffs have done is bring a measure of clarity to the end of the PGA Tour season that didn’t exist previously. That doesn’t mean lives aren’t screeching to a halt to watch the Deutsche Bank Championship or the BMW Championship and thousands aren’t arriving hours early to tailgate as the disappointed South Carolina football faithful did Thursday night in Columbia.
Still, it’s better than what didn’t exist before.
Does it undercut the “playoff” idea when Sergio García, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell take this week off?
Sure, but it’s more a play-down than a playoff. They knew they were safe into Denver, so they opted for a week off. At least McDowell had the unimpeachable argument of being home for the birth of a child.
It would be more fun if the casual fans would invest emotionally in the playoffs the way they do when The Masters rolls around but golf isn’t built that way.
The playoffs may not provide a big bang finish but they create some noise, which is good enough this time of year.