27 Aug '13, 2pm

Van Cynical Mailbag: FedExp Cup playoffs may be contrived, but the events are exciting

Van Cynical Mailbag: FedExp Cup playoffs may be contrived, but the events are exciting

The FedEx Cup playoffs are under way. That doesn't have quite the same ring as, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" But golf isn't auto racing and never will be. My annual problem with the FedEx Cup is its general lack of drama. The points system is too complicated to know what's going on at any given moment. For proof, flash back to Steve Sands and a chalkboard last year on Golf Channel trying to keep up with the ever-changing standings. It's a thankless task and a lot of calculations. To the extent that the FedEx Cup playoffs work it's because, as was the case at the Barclays, the playoffs have featured the world's best players in a lot of close, exciting finishes. The points system adds nothing. Fans just weren't losing any sleep over who got cut when the field shrank from 120 players at the Barclays to 100 at the Deutsche Bank this week. To recap, Aaron Baddeley dropped o...

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