Originally Posted by newtogolf
It's necessary because you're a good guy and not considering the potential abuse of the rules and the importance of full membership to the PGA Tour. Without full membership most guys like Jordan don't get enough opportunities to play in PGA Tour events to qualify for the FedEx. I believe each tournament gets an allocation of sponsor exemptions but it's not typical for new kids to get many sponsor exemptions unless they play really well or "know" somebody.
I believe Jordan was fortunate that he received a few exemptions during tournaments that were held in Texas (his home state) which he did well in but a kid from Nebraska or NY might not get the same opportunity unless they made some back room deals because there aren't as many tournaments in those states.
The PGA Tour also doesn't want golfers that are full time members of others tours walking away with the Cup and money. They use the Cup and money to attract the top players from other Tours to get them to commit to the PGA Tour instead.
OK, I get that. But then why is there a caveat in there for winning a tournament? Why does that validate his position as "belonging" so much more than doing really, really well for several tournaments?
Also, I get that it's not "fair" to the other non-full members that he gets more chances to play in tournaments, but I don't get why what he earns during those tournaments doesn't apply towards the playoffs. At this point, he's not taking anything away from those guys. If included, he's only "taking" a spot away from a guy who earned less than him this season. Effectively, the 126th player on the list.
I would counter-argue by saying that guy does not belong in the playoffs and simply needs to play better if he's getting beat by a guy who has only played in half as many events (or whatever) as him.
But I'm also a guy who would argue in favor of Yasiel Puig making the all-star game, so what do I know? ;)
I just don't see it.
EDIT: But I also agree with phan52 that they should not (could not) change the rules mid-stream. I am just saying I think it's silly that they have the rule, and maybe should consider losing it in the future.