The Loop

FedEx Cup befuddlement

September 15, 2009 points out the convoluted "disaster of points breakdowns, scenarios, permutations and other nonsense" cited on in its attempt to explain how the FedEx Cup winner will be determined in the Tour Championship next week.

Have a look and ask yourself whether there has to be a better way.

There is, and the LPGA once used it in its season-ending ADT Championship. Like the FedEx Cup, it also rewarded stellar play on a season-long basis, advancing 32 players to the ADT Championship, all of whom had a chance to win the $1 million prize.

From there, it became a playoff easy for everyone to understand. After 36 holes, the field was cut to 16 players (and if there were ties for 16th, a sudden-death playoff was held). Then in the third round, they began anew, their 36-hole scores set back to zero. Only the top eight advanced to the fourth and final round, with scores again reverting to zero.

Low score in the final round won. Pretty simple. Pretty exciting, too.

-- John Strege