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Six Ways to Make the Playoffs Better

Tiger Woods, Press Conference, AT&T National
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Tiger Woods and the rest of the stars should be required to play some of the smaller events.

There are 11 Tour events that Tiger Woods has never played for one reason or another, and several more that are routinely saddled with weak fields.

To help those Tour stops out, we propose that to be eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs, a player must enter at least one of the following 10 tournaments during the season: PODS Championship, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Shell Houston Open, Zurich Classic, EDS Byron Nelson Championships, Travelers Championship, John Deere Classic, U.S. Bank Championship, Canadian Open, Wyndham Championship. Is that asking too much?

Forget the points, the calculations and the reset. Call this the minimalist FedEx Cup for those who think the current system is too complicated: After the PGA Championship, the top 144 money winners start from zero in the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank.

The 70 guys who win the most money in those two tournaments advance to the BMW Championship. The top 30 after that event move on to the Cup's grand finale at the Tour Championship.

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