During a Google + Hangout with a couple of Brits last night, I was asked the question “Does The FedEx Cup Work?”. The FedEx Cup playoff system is almost identical to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Race For the Chase playoff, and I think, between the two systems, the FedEx Cup does better than NASCAR. The reasons are very diverse, but both start about the same time of year, and both are up against the start of the Football season. Golf, being a more world-wide sport does better because audiences in Australia could care less about American Football. NASCAR is an American Sport where most of the fans are Football fans as well.
I feel like PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem knows that if he attempts to go up against the NFL head on, he will lose. The biggest part of the FedEx Cup playoffs occur during the NFL Pre Season, and during the early part of the regular season when games are not quite as important. By the time the NFL gets into full swing, the FedEx Cup is over, and the PGA is into what used to be called the “Silly Season”. There he will satisfy the hard-core golf fans, but not be competing with Football. The main part of the season kicks off just as football is winding down.
If you love International Match Play events as I do, the Spirit International is coming up in late October. If The Solheim Cup and Presidents Cup leaves you wanting more, it’s time to check out The Spirit International tournament that gets underway in late October. In fact, you can even be a caddie for this event that features future stars on the PGA, LPGA, and European Tours. You will be surprised when you read this article as to how many or the stars you follow today got an early chance in the Spirit.
Do you want to know who is going to win the Deutsche Bank? ESPN’s top golf writers share their opinions with you in this in-depth article complete with their picks. Senior Golf Analyst Michael Collins has Jason Day in his cross-hairs as the winner on Monday.
In case you didn’t see it, Brit, Tommy Fleetwood won his first European Tour event on Sunday in a one hole playoff at the Johnnie Walker Classic at Gleneagles. Fleetwood has been knocking on the door all year, and finally put it all together this past weekend. The young Englishman will get to play in the culmination of the European Tour at the DP World Tour Championships,Dubai in December. THe Race to Dubai is the European Tour compliment to the PGA’s FedEx Cup. This was the last competitive golf that will be played at Gleneagles until the 2014 Ryder Cup next year.
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