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The end to the COVID shortened PGA Tour season is upon us. The handicapped starting format is back again with DJ leading the pack at -10. Rahmbo will be at -8, JT at -7, Webb Simpson at -6, and Collin Morikawa at -5.

 

I'm pulling for DJ here. I'd love to see him win the FedEx Cup to add to his pretty excellent track record on Tour.

 

East Lake's always an interesting course. I'm definitely happy they swapped the nines around a few years back so they'd finish on a par 5 and not a par 3.

 

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I said a few weeks ago prior to the final round of the PGA, Koepka’s condescending comments may just light a fire under DJ’s ass. A motivated DJ is sure fun to watch. Sent from my iPhone using MyG

A nice win for DJ.  He is certainly on a roll going into the US Open.   Maybe my jinx on picking the winner has ended.  1-2 finish!!

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More excited for the upcoming majors.


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I cannot emphasize this more. Not invested much in the TC


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Yeah.  This condensed season... meh for the Tour Championship.  
 

They really need to find a new venue, and get rid of the automatic points.  And pretty much everything involved with the NASPAR series.

 

It is golf. And I will watch it. I shouldn’t complain, but... It needs a facelift.

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I've been a big believer that they should make The Tour Championship a match play bracket.

I'd like to see the Top 8 in the standings get byes into the match play bracket. The remaining 22 would play a 2 round stroke play event to determine the final 8 who make it to the match play bracket. Then single elimination to the final. Have the final be a 36 hole match play.

Yeah.  This condensed season... meh for the Tour Championship.  
 
They really need to find a new venue, and get rid of the automatic points.  And pretty much everything involved with the NASPAR series.
 
It is golf. And I will watch it. I shouldn’t complain, but... It needs a facelift.


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IMO The Masters is the pinnacle, then the other majors, but I enjoy The Players and the FedEx among all the others. And I’m glad they found a format with one winner for the TC, the two winner situation before was odd/awkward. YMMV

I’ve enjoyed the Northern Trust and the BMW and I’ll enjoy Eastlake.

[Edit] The only tournament I really don’t care for is the WMPO. I sure hope that's not the future of tournament golf. And I am not a big fan of match play outside the Ryder or Presidents Cup.

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12 hours ago, FrogginBullfish said:

I've been a big believer that they should make The Tour Championship a match play bracket.

I'd like to see the Top 8 in the standings get byes into the match play bracket. The remaining 22 would play a 2 round stroke play event to determine the final 8 who make it to the match play bracket. Then single elimination to the final. Have the final be a 36 hole match play.

 


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I was about to post that they should change to match play event and saw your post. How many events outside the Ryder Cup do they have as match play? 1 I think, the WGC Match Play in Texas. Still have the money rewarding the people that got to the top 30, but now the people starting at Even par feel like they have no shot of winning this last leg. I see the argument of rewarding the person that has played the best over the course of the year. Give them a bye into the quarterfinals or something to reward that. That way, you finish top 8 and still get loads of money. I'm sure by limitations, the tourney can only be a 4 day event. So jam pack as much in as possible. Have multiple days of 36 holes like the Ryder Cup, make it fun for the fans. 

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Would love to see more match play formats.   IMO TV struggles with it due to the early finish of matches. They need programing material to fill the time slot. 

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I know that this virus has turned our golf world upside-down, but it makes no sense to have a Tour Championship when majors for the year have not been played yet.  However, FedEx wants to give players lots of money for a meaningless event anyway.

I am not in favor of match play for a Tour Championship.  The sponsor wants to see the best players compete all weekend, not a one-and-done match.  If the BMW Championship had been a match play event, Rahm would have likely been eliminated on the first day, and the possibility exists that DJ could have been also, and we wouldn't have seen their amazing shots on the weekend.  

However, I am also not a fan of the current "ladder" experiment giving the top players a big advantage to start the Tour Championship.  Players struggled to get into this event, and the bottom half of the field has virtually no chance of winning.  I would like to see the field bunched up a little closer.

Pick:  I hope DJ wins... finally.

Pick from back in the pack:  Xander Schauffele plays this course quite well.

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I think the struggle for golf is how to give people just a slight edge for a good regular season performance. In other sports its easy to find that balance. Simply give them a slightly better match up and then its level from there. Golf does not like the match play for the exact reasons mentioned, getting starts knocked out early or a boring final match. Not sure exactly how they can solve this the slightly lower starting score gets a bit closer since the tournament winner, wins the whole playoffs. Almost think they should make it just a level tournament and cont the advantage that a better regular season makes it easier to get to the TC.

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Roughly 1 hour until the first group goes off.  Starting on Friday really throws me off.

Must feel great to start 10 back without taking a swing.

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That I can agree with.


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Yup, I’m on the Major Wagon also.
This weekend should be fun to watch.


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I love the Golf Channel....

I don't have cable service, so I was watching the 10 minute free preview on the GC site. The only problem was the the timer started counting down the second the page loaded, a full 30 seconds before the stream started, and there were 3 minutes worth of ads in the time I was able to watch. The stream mysteriously stopped with 3 minutes remaining and prompted me to log in with my provider info. So my "10 minute" preview was actually 7 minutes and half of that time was NOT golf. Oh well, I guess I'll watch for highlights on Twitter.

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4 hours ago, MaxEntropy said:

I love the Golf Channel....

I don't have cable service, so I was watching the 10 minute free preview on the GC site. The only problem was the the timer started counting down the second the page loaded, a full 30 seconds before the stream started, and there were 3 minutes worth of ads in the time I was able to watch. The stream mysteriously stopped with 3 minutes remaining and prompted me to log in with my provider info. So my "10 minute" preview was actually 7 minutes and half of that time was NOT golf. Oh well, I guess I'll watch for highlights on Twitter.

The PGA Tour App has the Tour Cast stuff now.  You can pretty much pick and choose which shots you want to watch... if you hadn’t seen it yet.

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8 hours ago, Shankster said:

Roughly 1 hour until the first group goes off.  Starting on Friday really throws me off.

Must feel great to start 10 back without taking a swing.

Sooo, now will we have a winner of the Tour Championship AND the player that played the best and would have won if it was just another tournament??

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Sooo, now will we have a winner of the Tour Championship AND the player that played the best and would have won if it was just another tournament??

I’m so confused. 

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Not really. We got fortunate last year that Rory shot the lowest 72 hole score and also won outright but there will be a year where the lowest 72 hole score doesn't win outright so they won't win the Tour Championship and with it the FedEx Cup.

The handicap system was put in to simplify the scoring so we didn't need an MIT algorithm to figure out who was leading the FedEx Cup standings on the fly and to make sure that whoever wins the Tour Championship will also win the FedEx Cup.

Sooo, now will we have a winner of the Tour Championship AND the player that played the best and would have won if it was just another tournament??


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2 hours ago, Kenny B said:

Sooo, now will we have a winner of the Tour Championship AND the player that played the best and would have won if it was just another tournament??

Exactly so just wait for the articles about how someone that started at even and shot 20 under losing to a 21 under score from the guy starting at 10 under some year and how unfair this is.

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