Originally Posted by zeg
This is the truth. There's no 'fair' or 'unfair' about it. The $10M is a giant carrot to keep the big guys interested in playing out the last few tournaments of the year, nothing more. If it went to PotY, then maybe the handful of guys who are in contention show up.
But even that isn't likely---the whole reason that the PotY is (arguably) still up in the air at all is because this tournament and the FedEx cup are "important." If it were just the last tournament of the year, with a weak field because most of the big guys are on vacation, then even a win probably wouldn't affect the PotY counts very much.
I think winning the last event (whatever it is called) helped Luke a lot last year...had Web beaten him to take the money title, then there is a good chance he would have gotten PGA Tour player of the year. On a world-wide basis, Luke still would have been a bit better, but it would have been really close when you are talking PGA only.
With that said, Tiger`s only chance to pass Rory is to win the Fed Ex Cup COMBINED with at least another season ending event or two (assuming he plays in the Fall series). Next years schedule with the 2013 Fall events counting towards 2014 does a much better job of making the Tour Championship the culmination of the season.