Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tiger vs. the PGA

By John Gottlieb
The Phanatic Magazine

I know it's a little late, but how dare Tiger Woods skip the Barclays as the PGA tries to institute its new playoff system.

Tiger complained about the toll taken on his body playing in the previous two tourneys, but the PGA is the reason why Woods has a beautiful wife, millions upon millions of dollars, and will most likely hold every golfing record when his career is done.

Seriously, why is Tiger so tired? Because he collected over $2.6 million by winning the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.

But, Tiger should suck it up, get out there, and throw some legitimacy to the FedEx Cup, PGA's new playoff system that awards points to golfers through the final four tournaments of the season. Less and less golfers are allowed to take part in each successive tourney until a champion is crowned.

Leading to the FedEx Cup Tiger had more points than any other golfer, but didn't feel it was necessary to take part at the Barclays.

PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem played nice and said he was disappointed that Tiger decided not to come to New York, but imagine how steamed he really was that Woods backed out?

This is a convoluted, hard-to-understand playoff system, but that all would have been forgotten is Tiger was there.

Instead we were thankfully graced with a Sunday matchup of Steve Stricker and K.J. Choi.

Reportedly, Tiger doesn't enjoy the rowdy New York crowds and that could be the real reason why he skipped the Barclays, which he hasn't taken part in for the last few seasons.

Woods now finds himself in fourth place in the FedEx Cup standings, just over 4,000 points behind Stricker, heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston this weekend.

The PGA should take a strong stance and make it that if you want to take part in the FedEx Cup then you have to take part in the first of the four tournaments.

I wonder if Tim Finchem would've been happier if Tiger hasn't won the PGA Championship?

Tiger is bigger than the sport of golf, but how's about giving something back to the PGA and taking part in the inaugural event of the inaugural FedEx Cup.
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