The major golf championships of 2014 are but notes in the history book of the sport, but now it is time for the playoffs. The biggest prize in golf, the FedEx Cup, is worth $10 million US Dollars to the victor and is the culmination of the four tournaments.
Please try to stay with me here. The Barclays features the top-125 players on the points list and starts this week at Ridgewood Country Club, NJ. As usual, on the PGA Tour there is a 36-hole cut with the top-70 players and ties going through to the weekend. After this tournament only the top-100 make the trip to the TPC of Boston in Norton, MA for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Again at this tournament there is a 36-hole cut. We lose the bottom 30 players on the money list this time and the top-70 move on to the BMW Championship. This is all the way west to Cherry Hills Country Club, CO and is the first tournament with no cut. Players are fighting for a place in the top-30 on the points list now in order to qualify for The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola. The Tour Championship is played at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA.
Still there? To me, the playoff series in golf is a funny one. It’s not like the Stanley Cup, World Series, etc. as it’s not the biggest deal in the sport. Golf has four majors and they steal the limelight, as they should. These tournaments allow golf to continue to claim some extra viewers later into the year. It’s not long until the NHL, NBA, NFL and college football are back and golf has to compete with them. Although we do have the Ryder Cup this year which is always a good draw.
The defending champion of the FedEx Cup is Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. He thoroughly deserved his victory last year after one of the most consistently great seasons that I have ever seen. The current leader of the points list is Rory McIlroy. Having won The Open Championship, The Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship on the spin he’s definitely the in form player. Jimmy Walker, who was leading for the vast majority of the season, and US Masters champion Bubba Watson lead the chase.
Anyway, here’s hoping that it’s an exciting one. The margin is slim and it’s all to play for. Enjoy.
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