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Tour Report: Finchem: Comfortable with reset
Tim Finchem news conference

PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem talks about the FedExCup Playoffs.


PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday he was not “uncomfortable” with the potential scenario of Rory McIlroy not winning the FedExCup on Sunday, even if he finishes second at this week’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola after winning the previous two FedExCup Playoffs events.

During his annual “state of the TOUR” address prior to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Finchem was asked for his thoughts about the FedExCup points structure, which provides for a reset prior to East Lake in order to give all players a chance to win the FedExCup, while allowing the first five players in points to control their own destiny this week.

McIlroy comes to East Lake off consecutive wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship and is ranked No. 1 in points. But should Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson or Brandt Snedeker win the TOUR Championship, that player would also be guaranteed the FedExCup title, even if McIlroy finishes second.

“I don’t think we’re uncomfortable with that phenomenon,” Finchem said.

The commissioner added that “the system rewards winning and it also rewards consistency. … It’s a system that is predicated on you have to perform multiple times.”

Finchem noted that the odds are stacked against a player who is farther down the points list, but the possibility exists that any player can still win. Last year, Bill Haas was ranked 25th in points coming into East Lake but won the TOUR Championship in a playoff and saw the other scenarios fall in his favor.

“I think it’s worked well, and the right people have won,” Finchem said. “Finishes have been fantastic, and the fans like it.”

For the complete transcript of the Commissioner’s news conference, click here.

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