As I scrolled through my e-mail this afternoon, I found another press release on Tiger Woods committing to play in an event. It wasn’t the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the HSBC Champions or even the Australian Masters. It was the BMW Championship.
Now correct me if I’m wrong, but when was the last time – in any sport – you’ve seen a press release announcing that a player, driver, or team had committed to a playoff event.
When you get to the playoffs, you should want to play and survive as long as possible. It isn’t meant to be optional.
That The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and now the BMW have sent out press releases confirming Woods will participate is a clear signal that these events may not be perceived as playoff events by the players.
The FedEx Cup still has a long way to go in my opinion. A good place to start would be for the tournaments involved in the playoffs to act like they are playoff events. Eliminating press releases about players committing would be a good first step.