Geoff Ogilvy is ranked 100th in the FedExCup Playoffs, which means he is the last man to get into the field at the Deutsche Bank Championship. In order to move on, he will need a high finish, and that’s the way Ogilvy thinks the playoffs should be.
At the pre-tournament presser for the Deutsche Bank, Ogilvy spoke about Stuart Appleby’s T2 at the first playoff event. “Stuart’s second last week isn’t a win, he doesn’t get a trophy or anything, but effectively it carries almost the same benefits as winning a tournament, which it kind of should. If you call them playoffs, this is the important one. It should carry more weight than a normal tournament.”
Appleby moved 79 places to 19th in the FedExCup standings, which means he leapfrogged players who had a MUCH better season than him such as Martin Kaymer, Hideki Matsuyama, and Harris English. However, I agree with Ogilvy, the playoffs should be volatile, and the PGA TOUR has done a great job simulating the playoff dynamic in other sports.
Ogilvy also acknowledged the argument that players who have consistently played well throughout the year may be upset with the playoff system. “I think it does throw a few guys off if a guy comes from way back and has a top two or three and all of a sudden he’s in all the majors next year and stuff. I think that sits wrong with most guys in a way, but I think it sits right in a way, too. If you want these to be big, they have to carry weight.”
The playoffs should matter, and if you are displeased with the system, then just play better.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)