September 24, 2011

If I Ran The FedEx Cup...

...Luke Donald would be winning right now.

     About a month ago, I posted my solution to the boring/confusing nature of the FedEx Cup, the playoff-style finish to the PGA Tour season.  It involved a handicap system for the final tournament, the Tour Championship, so that the Cup winner would be determined by strokes instead of abstract point totals.  Since the Tour Championship is happening right now, I decided to track how my system and the real system work this year.

     In the real system, Adam Scott has gone from 19th to 1st in projected Cup points by gaining a one-stroke lead in the Tour Championship.  Second place belongs to Webb Simpson, who led at the beginning of the current event but is 7 shots back at 1-under.

     In the handicap system, Luke Donald would be leading right now at -4, which is the -6 he's posted in the actual tournament plus two strokes for starting it ranked fourth.  There would be a 4-way tie for second place, with Simpson, K.J. Choi, Matt Kuchar, and Jason Day all tied at -1.  Scott would be sitting in 7th place at 1 over par.

     Liking the handicap system?  Feeling good with the Cup the way it is?  Sound off in the comments below.

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