I am certain of one thing when it comes to the FedEx Cup Playoffs... that you either like it or hate. I know you don't love it, because I haven't heard one person on earth say they love it. It's a playoff system that has its flaws and could be better, but if you take it for what it is, it can be an enjoyable four weeks of golf. I'd personally like to see players get knocked out after each tournament, among other things, but I've come to realize it's better than it was and can survive as it stands. Hopefully there will be improvements, but you just never know with this stuff.
If you're unfamiliar with the playoffs, here is your tutorial:
FedEx Cup Playoff Tournaments
Aug. 25-28: The Barclays | Plainfield Country Club | Edison, NJ
Sep. 2-5: Deutsche Bank Championship | TPC Boston | Norton, MA
Sep. 15-18: BMW Championship | Cog Hill Golf & Country Club | Lemont, IL
Sep. 22-25: TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola | East Lake Golf Club | Atlanta, GA
How it all works
The Top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings qualify for the playoffs based on points earned during the regular season. During the first three tournaments, points are distributed to players based on this scale here. Points earned in the first three tournaments are added to a golfer's regular season point total. The Top 30 move on
to the TOUR Championship and points are reset based on this scale here in order to give all 30 golfer's a chance to win the title. However, if any of the Top 5 golfer wins the TOUR Championship, that player automatically win the FedEx Cup due to the points distribution.
Regular Season FedEx Cup Standings
Top 10 Regular Season Point Differentials
1. Nick Watney, 1,906
2. Steve Stricker, -41
3. Webb Simpson, -45
4. Luke Donald, -50
5. Keegan Bradley, -285*
6. Phil Mickelson, -305
7. KJ Choi, -305
8. Bubba Watson, -329
9. David Toms, -368
10. Gary Woodland, -440
*That's a fairly huge drop in points from 4-5.
Top 11 all won in 2011... Five had two wins (Watney, Stricker, Bradley, Watson, Wilson)... Watney is your leader with 1,906 points and the Last Man In title goes to William McGirt with a scant 334 points... Tiger Woods is the biggest cut from this year's tournament, but he only missed by 16 points, earning 318 total in eight events... Two of the 261 golfers with their names in the standings had zero regular season points, JL Lewis and Brian Bateman.