PGA Tour changes playoff points system
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/11/14
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, working with the tour's Policy Board and the Player Advisory Council, have made an ever-so-slight change to the FedEx Cup Playoff points system.
The Tour announced earlier today that, instead of 2,500 points, the winner of a FedEx Cup Playoffs event will only receive...
... 2,000 points. Said the commissioner:
"Every year since the FedExCup was introduced in 2007, we have reviewed the points structure with the Player Advisory Council and four Player Directors who sit on the Policy Board. We believe this slight modification will add greater significance to players having an outstanding season leading into the Playoffs, while still allowing for the excitement of volatility and movement during the Playoffs, particularly as players vie to make the final 30 for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola."(How nice of Finchem to mention the championship title sponsor, there. Ka-ching.)
The other changes include a proportional reduction in still-controversial playoff reset points system. This is designed to make three things happen:
The reduction of 500 points for a playoff victory, had this been applied during the PGA Tour's 2014 season, would have made no difference in the final result; Billy Horschel still would have won the FedEx Cup.
This is because...
How did the 2014 major champions fare in 2014?
McIlroy was the consensus player of the year — by any objective or subjective measure. He led the money list, won the PGA Tour and the PGA of America's "Player of the Year" awards, won the European Tour's Order of Merit, the Byron Nelson Award, and the Vardon Trophy.
But because Chris Kirk and Billy Horschel got hot at "the right time" and won at least one FedEx Cup Playoffs event, their playoff victories are worth more than those of McIlroy, as well as those of Watson and Kaymer, each of whom notched their second major championship this year.
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