In my scoring system, McIlroy has big FedEx Cup lead at -51

Tuesday September 11th, 2012
Rory McIlroy has won two of the three events in the FedEx playoffs.
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Rory McIlroy would be running away with the FedEx Cup title if the race were based on cumulative score relative to par instead of the complicated points system actually being used.

My suggested system jibes with reality because McIlroy has a big lead in the actual Cup points race. No surprise for someone who's won two of three playoff events heading into the Tour Championship.

McIlroy leads Dustin Johnson by 15 shots; Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen by 17; Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood by 20. Sound like an insurmountable lead? Not at all. Don't forget, McIlroy was 14 strokes behind Barclay's champion Nick Watney after the first leg of the FedEx Cup series. He gained 41 strokes on Watney the next two events.

Below are the current FedEx Cup standings under my cumulative-score system.

(Two caveats: 1. Playoff event winners received a five-stroke bonus, which means 10 extra shots for McIlroy, and 2. only those who played all four rounds in all three events are eligible. That eliminated players such as Jason Dufner and Sergio Garcia, who opted to rest a week, and others such as U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, who missed a cut.)

-51 Rory McIlroy
-36 Dustin Johnson
-34 Tiger Woods
-34 Louis Oosthuizen
-31 Phil Mickelson
-31 Lee Westwood
-25 Brandt Snedeker
-25 Adam Scott
-24 Nick Watney
-24 Ryan Moore
-19 Bo Van Pelt
-18 Tom Gillis
-18 Vijay Singh
-17 Steve Stricker
-17 Greg Chalmers
-16 Kevin Stadler
-15 Luke Donald
-14 Chris Kirk
-13 Ian Poulter
-13 Seung-yung Noh
-12 Zach Johnson
-11 John Senden
-11 J.B. Holmes
-11 Robert Garrigus
-10 Bob Estes
-10 Ernie Els
-10 Padraig Harrington
-10 Troy Matteson
-10 John Huh

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