RE: #StartingUnderPar news.
First, winner-take-all for the Tour Championship should be the only goal. It’s beyond dumb to have what happened last year (and in other prior years) even be a possibility. It’s also super dumb to have the regular season effectively mean nothing and weight the playoff events so heavily that the 3 (2 next year) winners get so many points that they hurdle everybody almost regardless of starting position.
#1 starting the TC at -10 is horrific. Any PGA Tour stroke play event starting with guys effectively getting shots should demand an immediate drug test for whoever OK’d the idea. BUT, there should be a definitive advantage for regular season/playoff success.
Northern Trust - love the new course rota idea, keep it exactly the same but with the cut now being top-70.
BMW - bounce around venues, keep the same, cut to top-30.
Tour Championship - fully don’t understand the attachment to East Lake, it’s fine I guess, but this event should move around.
First two rounds, 28 players play stroke play for 6 or 14 spots.
Why 28? Because MATCH PLAY BABY!
Top 2 guys in standings after first two playoff events get two days off and auto-berths into Saturday as top-2 seeds. Normal match play bracket from there. Winner on Sunday. Cue the confetti and enormous check.
Playoffs need drama and certainty at the conclusion. This creates both, ensures enough star power at events and rewards prior success without removing the ability of someone to get hot for three weeks and win the whole damn thing.