JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Jon Rahm has competed within the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs sufficient instances to understand how the system works.
And he would not prefer it.
“I do not assume it is honest,” Rahm stated Friday after a 4-under-par 67 gave him a 1-shot lead by way of 36 holes at The Northern Belief, the primary of three playoff occasions that concludes in two weeks on the Tour Championship.
Ranked No. 1 on this planet, Rahm is fifth in FedEx Cup factors and would go to the highest spot if he wins the event. One other victory subsequent week on the BMW Championship would make him an amazing FedEx Cup factors chief.
However it will give him solely a small benefit the next week in Atlanta, when the highest 30 gamers are reset in keeping with their factors place. The highest participant begins at 10-under, whereas the following participant is 8-under, with varied breakdowns right down to the underside 5 gamers beginning at even par.
The system, in its third 12 months, mirrors what would have been a factors distribution and permits for there to be one winner of the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. Beforehand the Tour Championship had a winner with the chance for a separate FedEx Cup winner.
“I do not like that in any respect,” stated Rahm, who has performed 36 holes with no bogey at Liberty Nationwide. “No. I believe you have got the playoffs itself, and if you happen to win the primary two and if you happen to do not play good within the final one … you’ll be able to find yourself with a extremely unhealthy end.
“I do not prefer it. I perceive the system. And the way in which I used to be instructed by one of many PGA Tour officers, [if] I am a Patriots followers and the Patriots win every thing to get to the Tremendous Bowl and so they do not win the Tremendous Bowl, you do not win the Lombard Trophy, proper?
“My reply was, they nonetheless completed second. They’ve to grasp that golf is completely different.”
Rahm, who’s from Spain and attended Arizona State, has understanding of soccer — or American sports activities basically. The crew with one of the best file will get no large benefit over its opponent within the playoffs, other than maybe house subject.
To Rahm’s level, a golfer might win each event all 12 months and would nonetheless have only a 2-stroke benefit on the Tour Championship.
The tour has sought to steadiness having some volatility throughout its playoff occasions whereas additionally rewarding gamers for a powerful season. Collin Morikawa, for instance, missed the minimize at The Northern Belief. Ranked No. 1 in FedEx factors, the Open Championship winner is projected to drop to No. 6.
However he’ll simply qualify for each the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, no matter his outcomes. In a real playoff, he is perhaps completed, however the tour desires those that have robust years to be in Atlanta.
“I perceive it is for TV functions and pleasure and simply making it extra of a winner-take-all and so they offer you a 2-shot benefit, however over 4 days that may be gone in two holes,” Rahm stated. “I do not know what system is greatest. I do like going to East Lake with this new one within the sense of understanding the place you stand and what you need to do. In years prior, there have been so many various combos of what might occur. It was arduous to get your head centered on one factor.
“However I do not assume it is a honest system in that sense now, nevertheless it’s the one we’ve and it is what we have got to take care of.”