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Tiger in his Prime still outpaces Jordan Spieth - Check it out!

Tiger in his Prime still outpaces Jordan Spieth – Check it out!

Tiger in his Prime still outpaces Jordan Spieth – Check it out!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Each generation of golfers earns more money than the previous generation.  

Going back to Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player, all of whom have stellar careers, none of them came even close to winning on the course of what today’s players earn.  That is just a fact of life!  However, even with Jordan Spieth’s great 2015, he still cannot compare to what Tiger earned at the peak of his career.  The good news in all of this?  I cannot wait to see what Jordan. Jason, Rickie, Rory, Bubba, Henrick, and Adam have in store for us in the next 10 years!

Thanks to   of ibtimes.com for this well put together article!

 Jordan Spieth confidently rolled the most expensive putt you’ll ever see Sunday, the ball beelining straight to the center of the cup on No. 18 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. With a shrug, the slightest of fist pumps and a wry grin, the 22-year-old was $11.5 million richer: $1.5 million for winning the Tour Championship and $10 million in bonus cash for his FedEx Cup playoffs victory.

It was a capstone moment to a season that has made Spieth one of golf’s most successful and richest players.

Spieth is expected to surpass $50 million in total 2015 earnings — endorsements and other income included — putting him atop the game while supplanting Tiger Woods, who has led the game for 12 straight years, according to Golf Digest estimates. But while Spieth, just three years into his career, seems destined for continued success both financially and professionally, he’ll likely never reach the endorsement successes of Woods in his prime.

“It’s going to be very, very difficult to measure up to the Tiger Woods phenomenon,” said Galen Clavio, a sports management professor at Indiana University.

The Sky Is The Limit

Tiger in his Prime still outpaces Jordan Spieth - Check it out!

It’s hard to have a better season than Spieth just capped by winning the Tour Championship. He won five times, including two majors in the Masters and the U.S. Open, while bringing home $12 million just in winnings cash, breaking Vijay Singh’s 2004 record of $10.9 million. Including the $10 million from winning the four-tournament FedEx Cup series, Spieth outpaced Woods’ 2007 record for total earningsof $20.9 million. He is ranked No. 1 in the world and will almost certainly soon be named the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

Still, Spieth is a long way from the earning power of Woods during his prime. Golf Digest projected Monday that Spieth would overtake Woods as the top total earner for 2015, pushing past $50 million. But in 2007, when Woods was omnipresent and before his spectacular fall from grace in an infidelity scandal, he pulled in an estimated $122.7 million through winnings and endorsements, according to Golf Digest. He easily topped Forbes magazine’s earnings list for athletes.

To see the comparisons of the first 3 Professional Seasons between Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, go here!

Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/    

Pictures:   Reuters/Jason Getz/USA Today Sports    PGA TOUR

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Should the FedEx Cup End Before the Start of Football?

Should the FedEx Cup End Before the Start of Football?

Should the FedEx Cup End Before the Start of Football?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I really enjoy the last 4 tournaments of the year on the PGA Tour.  

The FedEx Cup Playoff brings a little more excitement to the year-end PGA Tour season.  However, a ton of golf fans are also football fans, and I asked several of my golfing buddies the question, “Which game would you watch on the weekend, playoffs or NFL?  The overwhelming answer?  NFL.  I think it is time for Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour to rethink the playoff time frame.  I think Jason Sobel, Senior Golf Writer for ESPN, agrees with me!  Check this out!

 

The FedEx Cup will be awarded on September 27, three weeks into the football season. Ending the golf season before football begins could have a major impact on golf’s playoffs. Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — You have a fantasy football team. Make that two. OK, more than two, but we’ll leave it at that. No need to reveal all your secrets.

I’ll bet you’re also in that weekly office pool again. Oh, and the survivor pool, of course. Squares pool, too. And sure, nobody can blame you for picking a few DFS teams after those incessant commercials finally talked you into it.

After all, it’s football season. Like any red-blooded American, your life is only complete with the requisite leagues and teams and pools. So, have at it.

All of which leads me to one semi-related question: What do you think of the current state of these FedEx Cup playoffs?

Yep, that’s right — they’re still going on.

Eleven months after the race for the $10 million first prize began, there remain two scheduled events until a champion is crowned — this week’s BMW Championship and next week’s Tour Championship. This isn’t some quirk of this specific calendar. It’s just how the season is set up. Begin in October, end in September, begin again in October. Consider it golf’s version of Groundhog Day, without the everyman hilarity of Bill Murray.

Check that: Murray is included, too, competing in this Wednesday’s pro-am. So it’s exactly like Groundhog Day.

Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t one of those “Death to the FedEx Cup” columns. Do an Internet search and you’ll find plenty of scorching-hot takes on how this system isn’t as important as any major (that was never its intention), is too volatile (that’s the nature of any playoffs) and its competitors don’t care (simply untrue). That’s not the takeaway here.

Should the FedEx Cup End Before the Start of Football?

Save for a few needed tweaks, I really like the FedEx Cup.

It provides a conclusion to golf’s interminable season that didn’t previously exist. The first two playoff events have been terrific theater with Jason Day and Rickie Fowler — two of the game’s emerging young superstars — winning the titles.

People who complain about the concept often conveniently forget facts like this: Back in 2006, the final year before the FedEx Cup, the Tour Championship was held in November and the game’s two biggest stars, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, didn’t play because, well, they didn’t feel like it.

Hey, you can’t blame ’em. That’s football season.

Should the FedEx Cup End Before the Start of Football?

Rickie Fowler (pictured) and Jason Day got the playoffs off to a great start with thrilling wins by two of golf’s greatest current talents. But with football underway, how many will see the last two FedEx Cup tournaments of the season? Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Which leads back to my original point — and the one major tweak still necessary to fix the playoffs:

They need to end before the football season starts.

Right now, the four-event series too often resembles an inverted pyramid, with the opener garnering the most mass attention pre-football, followed by the next three in chronological order, though not order of importance.

It all dates back to a rare miscalculation from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who theorized nearly a decade ago that the playoffs would coexist in football’s domain without any real issues.

“This is not just an event that’s scheduled out there as an island into football,” he said at the time. “This is a series of events that starts before football, runs two weeks pre-NFL, runs two weeks into NFL, is all tied together. … I think it’s like a growing tide during the course of the year; it will carry us in and have really solid ratings. 

The real head-scratcher is there is a fairly simple solution to this problem.

To see Jason Sobel’s suggestions on how to improve the FedEx Cup Playoff, go here!

Source:  ESPN  Jason Sobel, Senior Golf Writer

Pictures: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images   Chris Condon/PGA TOUR   Steve Burns

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Sergio exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

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Sergio Garcia exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Sergio Garcia exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Sergio Garcia exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Sergio Garcia is well-rested and ready to play!  

But we are already two weeks into the FedEx Cup playoffs, and Sergio has not played any golf.  And yet, as strange as it may seem, he can still (if he plays really well) win it all by finishing in the top 3 in the BMW Championship and winning the Tour Championship. And considering that he has just had two weeks vacation in Spain and Switzerland, he is well-rested and ready to play!  Does this seem fair?  Or has he very smartly taken advantage of a point system that is showing some flaws?  Thanks to Jason Sobel, Senior Golf Writer with ESPN, for sharing this story!

Sergio Garcia exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Sergio Garcia left, will need a finish of no worse than third this week at the BMW Championship while Jason Day, right, already had secured his spot at East Lake after his victory at the Barclays last month. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Sergio Garcia is strutting around Conway Farms Golf Club this week sporting a late-summer tan. He appears rested, relaxed, refreshed — all of which he confirms with a casual smile. His newly grown beard, more than just a little stubble, has grey flecks in it.

It is not, he assures with a laugh, his version of a playoff beard.

Garcia is here at the BMW Championship, the third event in this year’s FedEx Cup playoff series, fresh off a summer vacation. He spent time in Spain and Switzerland, worked on his game and enjoyed plenty of downtime.

None of that would be newsworthy, if not for the fact that his vacation happened to overlap the first two playoff events, each of which he decided to skip after earning enough regular-season points that he was guaranteed to qualify for the third one.

“I was a little tired,” he explained Wednesday, echoing a sentiment of many peers. “It’s a long season, and I had the possibility of doing it because I was in a good situation, so it was nice to be able to do it.”

This wasn’t Garcia trying to send a message to the PGA Tour about a potentially flawed system. It wasn’t an attempt to prove anything about the playoffs.

And yet, with his two-week absence, Garcia has a chance to change the game.

That’s because, at 54th in the points standings entering this week, he can still win the $10 million first-place bonus at the end of next week’s season finale.

Let that one digest: A player who eschewed the first two playoff events can win the entire playoffs.

To see the rest of how Sergio Garcia has exposed a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, go here!

Source:  ESPN    Jason Sobel, Senior Golf Writer

Pictures: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

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The Top 8 FedEx Cup Moments - # 2 was a Surprise!

The Top 8 FedEx Cup Moments – # 2 was a Surprise!

The Top 8 FedEx Cup Moments – # 2 was a Surprise!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to the two final FedEx Cup tournaments.  

The race is still wide open, and I will be glued to the TV on the next two weekends.  In honor of these upcoming tournaments, I, along with  of Bleacher Report, bring you some great moments in FedEx Cup history.

Remember when Tiger Woods did things like win tournaments and hoisting the FedEx Cup? The latter hasn’t happened since 2009, but Woods’ two cup victories feature prominently in this list, and not just for reasons of hopeless nostalgia.

How do we compare FedEx Cup-winning playoff performances? Well, a good place to start: Wins. Five of the eight cup winners won two playoff events (none won three). Thus, these golfers place ahead of the one-win group. Breaking things down further, we’ll look at the quality of the non-winning performances, and in some cases, how close the golfers came to winning.

With that said, on to the rankings.

8. Bill Haas. 2011

The Top 8 FedEx Cup Moments - # 2 was a Surprise!

 
Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press

The Barclays: T24

Deutsche Bank Championship: T61

BMW Championship: T16

Tour Championship: 1

If this were a list of the most dramatic FedEx Cup playoff finishes, Bill Haas would likely take the top spot with his par-saving effort from a water hazard to extend the cup-deciding playoff with Hunter Mahan.

It would be fair to place Haas in a tie for sixth with the gentleman in the next slide, for reasons spelled out there. And for reasons spelled out in the next slide, he earns what could be called the “7b” spot in this list.

7. Jum Furyk. 2010

The Top 8 FedEx Cup Moments - # 2 was a Surprise!

 
John Bazemore/Associated Press

The Barclays: DQ

Deutsche Bank Championship: T37

BMW Championship: T15

Tour Championship: 1

2010 FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk and 2011 winner Bill Haas are essentially tied in this list. If we say Furyk did a little better on average in his three starts, then it has to be acknowledged that he only competed in three of the four events.

Should this count against him? Maybe you think so. We’re saying it doesn’t, which gives Furyk the edge on better overall playoff finishes.

7. 2012: Brandt Snedeker

The Top 8 FedEx Cup Moments - # 2 was a Surprise!

 
David Goldman/Associated Press

The Barclays: 2

Deutsche Bank Championship: 6

BMW Championship: T37

Tour Championship: 1

Brandt Snedeker edges out Jim Furyk on the strength of better average play throughout the playoffs, as both golfers took home the Tour Championship. Furyk didn’t have a top-10 finish outside of his win, whereas Snedeker had a pair. Placing him ahead of Furyk is the only sensible move here.

Read on here to see the other 5 winning moments!

Source: Bleacher Report  

Pictures: Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press   John Bazemore/Associated Press   David Goldman/Associated Press   

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4 Things you need to know about the FedEx Cup right now!

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I always look forward to the start of the playoffs for the FedEx Cup.  

First, there is the pressure of staying in the hunt.  Players are trying to survive week to week.  It is as much, if not more pressure than a Major Championship.  And, of course, the 10 million smackeroos at the end helps a lot.  That can really make a player’s year!

Thanks to Coleman McDowell of GOLF.com for these 4 interesting facts to help us through to the end!

In an annual tradition, golf fans everywhere gather around to host FedEx Cup watch parties and eagerly await the crowning of a new champion.

But first, we have to relearn how the actual playoffs work. Here are the four things to know about the structure, participants and points for the nine-year old system that is ever-changing.

2) The four events that comprise the FedEx Cup are The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship, and Tour Championship.

The Barclays kicks off with 125 players according to their FedEx Cup points ranking. It is whittled down to 100 at the Deutsche Bank and 70 at the BMW. The final event will be comprised of 30 players. Before the finale, point totals are reset, so the points leader will tee off with 2,000 points, second place with 1,800 and on down the list. This setup allows for more players to be in contention in the season finale. Last year Billy Horschel won the BMW and Tour Championships en route to the title after beginning the playoffs ranked 69th. He was the lowest-ranked player entering the playoffs to win.

Photo: Getty ImagesThe FedEx Cup playoffs kick off this week with The Barclays.

The FedEx Cup playoffs kick off this week with The Barclays.

Check out the other 2 interesting facts about the FedEx Cup right here!

Source: GOLF    Coleman McDowell

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