McIlroy wins $10 million FedEx Cup in Van Sickle’s alternate FedEx Cup race

McIlroy wins $10 million FedEx Cup in Van Sickle’s alternate FedEx Cup race

In an alternate scoring system, Rory McIlroy would have won the FedEx Cup by 12 shots.
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Rory McIlroy completed his domination Sunday of the FedEx Cup at East Lake, at least in my alternate scoring universe where the FedEx Cup champion was determined by total score under par for the four playoff events.

In real life, Brandt Snedeker won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup and $11.44 million.

Even though McIlroy struggled in the final round, he finished the four tournaments at 52 under par. That total included two five-shot bonuses for winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship — a wrinkle in my system to reward winning.

Snedeker finished second in this alternate universe at 40 under, 12 shots back after he got a five-stroke bonus for winning the Tour Championship.

My cumulative par system wouldn't have made for an exciting finish this time, but it does offer a simplified way to keep score and wouldn't have required Steve Sands of Golf Channel to explain the complicated, ever-changing points system with the help of a whiteboard.

In my system, by the way, only players who compete in all four events are eligible. Players who skip an event or miss a cut are eliminated.

-52 Rory McIlroy
-40 Brandt Snedeker
-37 Dustin Johnson
-36 Tiger Woods
-30 Phil Mickelson
-29 Ryan Moore
-27 Louis Oosthuizen
-22 Adam Scott
-21 Luke Donald
-20 Bo Van Pelt
-16 Lee Westwood
-12 Robert Garrigus
-11 Nick Watney
-11 Zach Johnson
-7 Steve Stricker
-3 John Senden
-1 Ernie Els
+4 John Huh
+9 Rickie Fowler
+12 Carl Pettersson