09/17/2012

Confused as to how the FedEx Cup will end? Here are the scenarios….

The FedEx Cup Playoffs are closing out this weekend in East Lake and the PGA Tour golf season will come to an end. Unlike any other playoffs in sport, most golf fans have absolutely no idea what is going on. In football, teams square off every weekend in the depths of winter, with the winner obviously moving on until the Super Bowl has concluded. Baseball, hockey and basketball all conduct their playoffs the same way. But being an individual sport, golf has no choice but to be confusing. Before doing some research into the scenarios, the only thing I could guarantee was that a McIlroy hat trick of victories to cap off 2012 would ensure him the $10 million. Outside of that, I had nothing.

So here we go, some scenarios for the 2012 FedEx Cup Playoffs….

– Any of the top 5 players: Rory McIlroy (1), Tiger Woods (2), Nick Watney (3), Phil Mickelson (4) and Brandt Snedeker (5) will win the FedEx Cup with a victory at the Tour Championship.

– McIlroy can finish as low as 29th in the tournament of 30 and still have a mathematical chance of winning, albeit remote.

– After Louis Oosthuizen in 6th place, everyone in the field would need to not only win the tournament, but they would also need help from the top of the standings to finish outside of at least the top 2 in the tournament

– Tiger Woods will have a good chance of winning with a top-3 finish and can finish as low as a 5-way tie for 5th and still have a chance of winning a much needed $10 million.

– Everyone in the tournament can win the FedEx Cup, even number No. 30 Scott Piercy. He will need to win the tournament, McIlroy finish 29th or worse, Woods finish 3-way tie for 6th or worse, Watney finishes 4-way tie for 3rd or worse, Mickelson finish T3 or worse, Snedeker finish 3-way tie for 2nd or worse and Louis Oosthuizen finishes T2 or worse. Ooofta.

Last year’s winner, Bill Haas started the season finale in 25th in the FedEx Cup standings and with the victory at East Lake, vaulted all the way to the top of the standings and the money. Anything can happen in the playoffs and the winner of the event, I feel should have a very good chance of winning the FedEx Cup. It’s the same story we remember of the 2007 New England Patriots. Did they lose only one game? Was it the Super Bowl? Exactly. Win a tournament when it counts.

So who do I think is going to win the FedEx? I am going to go with the hat trick. Rory McIlroy. Three straight to finish the season in a blow-away finish to the 2012 season. He will take home the $10 Mill and probably will buy Caroline something nice….

Troy Klongerbo