NatPost Column: Fixing the FedEx Cup

My latest National Post golf column can be found here.

Here’s a teaser.

Let’s examine the sad tale of the Fed-ExCup playoffs so far.

First Tiger stayed home. Then Phil Mickelson pouted following his win in Boston, saying no one listens to him and took his toys back to San Diego for the third week. Of course it wasn’t like he was too busy. He still managed to fit in a couple of paid corporate outings. In between there was one terrific golf tournament that saw Mickelson and Woods shoot it out head to head. And the big finale? It’ll be played starting today on a golf course where the greens are on life support.

This can’t be what PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was hoping for when he and his minions dreamed up a conclusion to the golf season, one with US$63-million in prize money over four weeks. Imagine if Woods had played the first week of the FedExCup and won? The likelihood is that he would have skipped the Tour Championship, with its greens that look like a burned out suburban lawn in mid-summer, for the second year in a row, assured that he would take the FedExCup title in absentia.
So what does the PGA Tour need to fix the FedExCup?

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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