John Huggan in the Scotsman takes the PGA Tour behind the woodshed for a whipping. The FedEx Cup, he says, is nonsense.
Such nonsense, of course, is merely the latest attempt by commissioner Tim Finchem to set a place for himself at golf’s top table, where sit the Masters, run by the Augusta National Golf Club; the US Open (United States Golf Association), the Open (Royal & Ancient Golf Club), the USPGA (PGA of America) and the Ryder Cup (PGA of America and European Tour). The world’s biggest and richest circuit, the PGA Tour, has long been driven crazy by its almost total lack of influence over any of the game’s five most important and lucrative events.
Which is why the Presidents Cup matches, a glorified exhibition between a 12-man team from the US and another drawn from anywhere and everywhere except Europe, exists. Ticked-off Tim wants to be the centre of attention.
Sadly for his sizeable ego, however, the Fed-Ex Cup has just about the same level of (in)credibility as does the transparently tacky PC, a biennial affair that is but a pale imitation of the Ryder Cup.
Devised largely as a means of getting the too-often absent Woods to play more PGA Tour events, the Fed-Ex Cup overflowed as soon as he, citing “fatigue” (yeah, right Tiger), decided not to play in the first of the four play-off events, the Barclays Classic, that concludes today.
At a stroke, the absence of the tour’s biggest asset, a man who plays for history rather than cash, revealed the whole sordid affair as nothing more than the money-grabbing farce that it is, a fact underlined by the much-ballyhooed $10m first prize – which is payable only when the recipient decides to retire, according to the very small print.
He’s absolutely right, of course.