The FedEx Cup has been the butt of numerous jokes over the years. Tim Finchem's baby, while certainly a lucrative one, has produced little excitement recently, leading many to question if the current system is conducive to drama in the sport.
But after a wild and crazy third round at the Tour Championship, it appears that for at least 18 holes, Finchem and PGA Tour brass will get exactly what they've been hoping for all these years: a free-for-all finish where a handful of players in the 30-man field have a shot at wining the FedEx Cup trophy and $10 million mega-payday.
Following a 4-under 66 on Saturday, Hunter Mahan moved up 20 places -- he was 21st at the beginning of the tournament -- and into the top spot in the FedEx Cup; Aaron Baddeley, who was 27th going into East Lake and is currently leading the Tour Championship, moved up 24 spots and into third place in the standings.
At the moment, two guys who came into the tournament at the bottom of the 30-man food chain have as good a shot as anyone in the field to take home the $10 million. We complain all the time about the lack of drama in this event -- especially since it went to a playoff format.
Well here you go, folks. You've got a regular Wild West Shootout that most likely won't be decided until the last few holes of the tournament. When you've got this much money on the line, this is exactly what you want.
The big question now is if viewers will show up to watch. The drama is in place and the tour's biggest title is on the line. It's time to see if the FedEx Cup can get golf fans to stand up and take notice.