Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At Least the FedxCup Playoff Ain't over before It's Over

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At Least the FedxCup Playoff Ain't over before It's Over

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We all know the expression, "It ain't over 'til it's over." That hasn't always been the case with the FedExCup Playoffs. There have been times, frankly, when it's over before it's over.

Remember when Vijay Singh essentially clinched the FedExCup with his 44th place at the 2008 BMW Championship at Bellerive Country Club, making his appearance at the Tour Championship a formality?

The fat lady was singing even if Singh was not. No doubt overcome by his emotions, Singh blew off everybody and left the grounds without commenting.

It was magical.

As the 2014 PGA Tour postseason comes to a conclusion this week, it does so with a different feel. The top five seeds now go to the Tour Championship carrying fate in their own hands. That is, they can win the FedExCup Trophy and its $10 million bonus by winning at East Lake Golf Club.

Billy Horschel (2) joined the group with his victory at the BMW Championship in Colorado. The few, the proud, the five include Deutsche Bank winner Chris Kirk (1), Bubba Watson (3), Rory McIlroy (4) and Barclays winner Hunter Mahan (5).

To clarify, with the conclusion of last week's "Bimmer," the FedExCup points were reset to give everybody at East Lake this week a chance to hit the jackpot. But 24 of the 29 players Dustin Johnson is out of the field will need various chips to fall into place.

If you are a bit confused, join the club. In its effort to create a Fall Classic of its own, the PGA Tour has had to incorporate algebra, which is never user-friendly. There are a lot of variables and qualifying conditions, lots of formulas and delicate chemistry.

The concept always has been a balancing act, a best-of-both- worlds mission to keep the regular season relevant while making the postseason attractive.

But the problem with having everything you want from life is you often come to the realization that things you think you want aren't worth having. Since its inception in 2007, the FedExCup concept has been a stretch, a contrived conclusion to a long season.

The past four winners of the Tour Championship also have captured the overall FedExCup Playoffs championship. …

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