By Bob Carney
So how are the FedEx Cup playoffs going? Our readers have been anxious to share their impressions. Here is sample of emails received prior to this week's BMW Championship. Consider it constructive criticism.
From a Massachusetts reader after the Deutsch Bank Championship:
FedEx Cup Playoffs? PLAYOFFS !!!!!
C'mon, playoffs are supposed to be tough - 20 under par !!!!!!
THESE GUYS ARE GOOD? Then put them on a tougher golf course and test 'em.
I thought the Silly Season starts in November.
A California Golf World reader thinks there is a problem with the schedule....
I think there should be an off week after the Deutsche Bank tournament and not after the BMW tournament. It gives the players an off week on a short week. A lot of them played several weeks in a row and having the off week on a short week would make sense.
[The present schedule] hurts spectators at the BMW tournament. Some players did not arrive until Wednesday this week. Under normal circumstances players would arrive on Monday and most by Tuesday. This affords the fans two or three days of access to the players under relaxed conditions. As it is, there may be only one day for this type of interaction.
Costa Mesa, CA
Other readers, including frequent correspondent Ron Field, take issue not so much with the tournaments as with the telecasts....
When are these TV commentators going to stop with their biased one-eye
reporting on the golf with everything Woods, Woods, Woods.
They are supposed to be neutral, but they certainly don't show it.
Quite a few of us in this area (and no doubt many other areas) are turning
the TV golf coverage off when Woods is about as that is all you get.
Johnny Miller is losing it. Rory McIlroy pulled a wedge about 30 feet left on an approach and Miller immediately stated that Rory had flipped the club over upon contact and warned the viewers that they need to keep the club square for one inch while in contact with ball in order to avoid doing this. He should know better than this. You cannot manipulate a club in this manner while club is traveling 90-100+ mph. and make a complete circular swing, which is what a golf swing is. All the announcers are becoming way to analytical, making bizarre statements such as this. He has made many comments such as this.
I am qualified to make these comments having been a PGA teaching pro for some 20+ years.
Apache Junction AZ
I have just finished watching the PGA Tour from just outside Boston! Unless something happens in the near future it will be my last tournament until the Ryder Cup! I simply have become aggravated by the screams, hollers and screams..."Get in the hole!" We know why they scream and that is to say hello to Mom, Dad, buddies or work friends back home! Get in the hole on every shot even on a 585 yard par 5! Really? Get in the hole! Every shot has three rebel yells! I think about the mature sober paying patrons at the tournament! Aren't they getting upset by these aggravations? The Tour could stop this nonsense in a heartbeat! It is about the game we love and treasure! Do people do this at the Masters? No! It is time for all people begin to measure up to their existing standards or stay home! Ssshhhh!
About that last criticism, let the congregation say, Amen! On the other hand, this year's tournaments have provided plenty of star power, beginning with Rory McIlroy's win last week and Phil Mickelson's emergence at Crooked Stick. For the highlights of other FedEx playoffs, see Steve Hennessy's compilation