When the Tour started the FedExCup Playoff back in 2007, my first reaction was “that’s dumb”. I didn’t like it because it’s a very similar system to what Nascar does. The whole ‘point system’ to make a playoff was foreign to me, but now it’s in the fourth year and I love it. If you need a crash course or want to understand what the FedExCup rules and playoff is all about click HERE. One big reason the playoff systems works is that is gets the high profile golfers like Tiger, Phil, Ernie Els and Steve Stricker (if they are ranked in the top 125) to play tournaments at the end of the golf season, ones they usually take off. It’s extra cool too because the one PGA event in Massachusetts, the Deutsche Bank Championship, is part of the Playoff. Oh and by the way the Champion of the FedExCup gets $10 million. Which is a nice segue to Jim Furyk, who is was third in the standings.
Imagine you had a chance to win $10 million dollars and all you had to do was wake up and play golf? Well, Jimmy wasted it away by over sleeping for the Barclays qualifier which is the first leg of the playoff this week, getting him disqualified from the event. I’d have to be out partying to the edge of death with Axl Rose, Jason Giambi and Sasha Grey until 7:30 am to fuck this up. Furyk, blamed it on a dead cell battery. Dude, get a wake up call to your hotel room, I do it all the time cause my battery blows. Anyway, I’m psyched for the playoffs and will be picking each week.
On to the picks, this weeks event is The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club, the defending champion is Heath Slocum, gonna go with these guys.
Phil +950, I became a fan this year, thanks Big Mick for the persuation, 4th in the FedEx Standings.
Padraig Harrington +2500, came in 2nd last year at this event by one stroke, 53rd in the FedEx standings.
Matt Kuchar +2750, great showing at The PGA Championship, 9th in the FedEx standings.
Justin Rose +3500, Two wins this year, AT&T Championship and the Memorial, 5th in the FedEx standings.
Camilio Villegas +3500, Was on fire earlier this year, but cooled off after a wrist injury. Villegas put himself on the map when he won two of the 4 four FedEx events in 2008, and had a 3rd place. Ranked 15th in the FedEx standings
Jeff Overton +4000, coin flip between him and Van Pelt, either guy will win a playoff event. I’ll switch off each week. Overton is 6th in the FedEx standings.