Members of the PGA Tour’s Players Advisory Council, which makes recommendations to the Tour’s Board of Directors, met at Colonial last week to discuss the allocation of points for next season’s inaugural FedEx Cup.
One source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there likely will be at least three points levels for tournaments: regular Tour events, World Golf Championships and majors, which will include The Players Championship. What percentage of those points will be allotted to each finisher at each of the levels remains up for debate.
“We’ve had three times more meetings about this than compared to normal PAC issues,” said one member who attended the group’s last gathering May 17 in Ft. Worth, Texas. “We want to put as much thought into this the first time around so we don’t have to come back in and change a bunch of things later.”
Still to be decided: How many points will be awarded for finishes in events played opposite the majors and World Golf Championships, such as the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee (played the same week as the British Open in 2007); and how many players will participate in each of the season-ending Championship Series events. One option raised during a PAC meeting in April was to reduce the fields each week, with the Barclays Classic having 156 players, the Deutsche Bank Championship 144 and the Western Open 132.
Although there are some issues still to be ironed out, the final Policy Board vote could take place as early as late June thanks, in large part, to a single underlying theme.
“Anytime we get in a long conversation on this we all say, ‘Hang on, this has to be simple,’ ” a PAC member said. “There are things we are going to have to do to educate and to make it as easy as possible for the fans.”