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The Reset riches


Goodness, it's gone quickly, but this week's Tour Championship at East Lake rounds off yet another edition of the FedEx Cup – or as well-known Golf Digest blogger Geoff Shackelford terms it, the ReSet Cup.

And it's hard to argue with the cynical Shackelford on this one. Indeed, two different resets of the points have gone a long way to skewing the statistics in an attempt to unjustifiably concertina a chasing pack that should, in reality, be a long way behind leader Tiger Woods.

Although a lack of success in the four majors may lead Woods to think otherwise, five wins and one of his most consistent seasons in recent times represents one heck of a year, and despite good performances from the likes of Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott in 2013, no one has been as ever present as the world's No 1. If he is pipped at the post to the $10 million bonus by one of the other four players still in the hunt, it will be a complete injustice.

Last year it was Rory McIlroy who fell victim to the reset and lost out after a dominant year. One of the Northern Irishman's wins even came in the playoffs, but fifth-seeded Brandt Snedeker's triumph at the 2012 Tour Championship was enough to steal the bounty from under his nose.

What is boils down to, is that Americans love playoffs. It was only a matter of time before golf followed the likes of baseball, basketball and the NFL down this road. And of course, it's a fantastic idea in many respects. Players fighting for their lives each week makes for great viewing, and it seems to bring out some extraordinary golf. And a $10 million carrot is unlikely to have players complaining too much either.

It is more the implementation that I take issue with, and these wretched resets. It is fully understandable that playoff events should be weighted more heavily than ones in regular season, as it is under the crescendo of such pressure that the cream rises to the top. And they should be rewarded as such.

But it doesn't mean the rest of the season should count for nothing. Or precious little, as now seems the case. The resets are farcical!

Naturally, there would be less interest this week if Woods had wrapped things up, and it would seem to defeat the point of a playoff system if 30 men trundled around for 72 holes with the winner of the big prize already a foregone conclusion.

But that doesn't make it wrong. It actually makes it right.

Woods has amassed nearly $8.5 million, five wins and nine top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this year. Second-placed Stenson has amassed "just" $4.9 million, one win and seven top-10 finishes. Yet Woods's points tally of 4 352 appears to only just eclipse that of the Swede, who sits on 4 229. Even though Stenson has a playoff win to his credit – the Deutsche Bank Championship – the numbers do not seem to compute logically.

Perhaps not many people will shed tears for Woods if he misses out on the $10 million, and either way it is unlikely to have a major impact on his standard of living. For most of us, it's silly money anyway. But it nonetheless should still go to the most deserving player, and, in my opinion, the cheque should already have his name on it.

However, it is their show, and thus the Americans can make the rules. The up-side to all of it is that we have an enthralling week's golf ahead of us. Stenson, Scott, BMW Championship-winner Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar could all still "do a Snedeker," while 25 other men have plenty to play for.

Don't miss it folks, it's the season finale!


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