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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 161
SEPTEMBER means finals time, whether we call the end-games finals, playoffs, crescendos or something else. The AFL and NRL are sorting out the finer details of their respective top-eights and in golf we are now a week into the four-strong FedEx Cup Playoffs series on the PGA Tour. An optimist might describe the quartet of tournaments as an opportunity to see who truly was the best golfer during the 111⁄2-month season; a cynic might describe them as an opportunity for already obscenely rich men to become even more so. As a realist, I’ll sit somewhere in the middle. While I agree to an extent with both of the aforementioned extremes, for mine there is something for everyone in this next month. So why should both the casual and ardent golf fans sustain an interest? Aside from the chance to see most of the game’s best players competing in a cut-throat race with multiple possible permutations, there remain a handful of loose ends to be tied before we call time on season 2014/2015. It might be struggling to generate much traction this year but there are Presidents Cup berths still at stake. Starts in the majors for 2016 are available for all who progress to the Tour Championship and, yes, there’s cash to be earned. More cash. However, for every player not named Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson or Jason Day, the Playoffs also represent an opportunity to validate a season lost. Last year, Billy Horschel ‘got hot’ in September and turned a season during which he hadn’t recorded a single top- five finish into a $13 million bonanza. Similarly, our own Geoff Ogilvy converted a lacklustre year into a far more buoyant 2015 by scrapping his way into the Tour Championship and earning a raft of juicy exemptions. Granted, it took the PGA Tour several batches to get its FedEx Cup recipe right. The early years were a bit like the porridge in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – the first one was too hot, the next version too cold and the third just right. Not that it couldn’t use a tweak or two. One US golf scribe this week suggested a matchplay ending, which would add some spice but ultimately won’t happen because television hates matchplay due to the risk of an Alex Cejka vs Daniel Berger finale. When there are only four weeks for golf to truly capture our imagination, it leaves 48 weeks requiring other factors to fuel our interest levels. And while the majors will always be king – and rightly so – the FedEx Cup Playoffs needn’t be cause to shut down our attention to golf in America. Because if you do switch off, chances are you might miss something worth seeing. OTG the VIEW PLEASE, A SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER IT’S EASY TO FEEL FED-UP WHEN THE FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS BEGIN, BUT IT’S WORTH HANGING IN THERE. by Steve Keipert Golf Australia deputy editor Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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