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PGA Grand Finale This Weekend

By Joe Fries Created: September 19, 2012 Last Updated: September 23, 2012
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Bill Haas won both the Tour Championship as well as the FedEx Cup last season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Bill Haas won both the Tour Championship as well as the FedEx Cup last season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The final weekend of the PGA season, and conclusion of the FedEx Cup race, takes place this weekend at Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta, GA. Get your scenario generators ready.

The FedEx Cup was put into place in 2007 and has been in a tweaking process ever since it was introduced. Similar to NASCAR, players would accumulate points throughout the year based on their performance in each event. The top 125 players go on to play in a post-major golf season “playoff” where players are eliminated from contention each week. The main objective for the FedEx Cup was to keep golf fans, and players, interested after all four majors had been played.

The prize for winning the FedEx Cup? $10 million. Obviously, the players are interested. What about the fans?

The format can be confusing. How are golf fans supposed to believe that someone other than Rory McIlroy deserves to win the FedEx Cup this year?

It is hard for the PGA Tour to justify that the FedEx Cup points race is an accumulation of points throughout the season considering ANY of the 30 players left can win the title if they win this week. Some need some improbable scenarios to occur but, technically, they all have a shot. The Tour also adjusted the points for the this weekend’s Tour Championship, which deems only the rank and not the total amount of points to be relevant.

Basically, all we know for sure is that five men have a chance to win the FedEx Cup if they win the Tour Championship this week. Those five are: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney, and Brandt Snedeker. If any of them win, it is over and they are crowned the champion.

Rory McIlroy (L) and Tiger Woods are two of five golfers that would win the FedEx Cup if they win the Tour Championship. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy (L) and Tiger Woods are two of five golfers that would win the FedEx Cup if they win the Tour Championship. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

If anyone else happens to win the Tour Championship, the outcome will depend on a ridiculous amount of scenarios. The final nine holes, as always, will be complete madness and will feature analysts frantically trying to figure out what might happen as the leader board changes.

Unless one of those five win, we won’t know who the champion is until all the equations are worked out and the guy walks onto the 18th green to claim his lucrative prize.

Last year, Bill Haas was the winner……and he had no clue that he won.

Joe Fries is a sports writer and golf pro living in Indiana. You can follow him on Twitter @The7thFreezer.

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