Bernhard Langer had the perfect season this 12 months on the PGA Tour Champions; Kevin Sutherland would love everybody know that.
However as for the Schwab Cup Playoffs, the three-event conclusion to the PGA Tour Champions season? Sutherland doesn’t imagine there’s a lot mistaken with it regardless of heavy criticism from those that say it’s unfair for Sutherland to have received the Schwab Cup – and its the $1 million bonus – when Langer received seven instances this season.
“I’ve heard a number of (the criticism) and I assume my feeling about it’s I don’t assume the Schwab Cup is designed to crown who had the perfect season,” Sutherland stated Tuesday on Morning Drive. “Clearly, Bernhard Langer did; he had a tremendous 12 months and I don’t assume anyone would say as a result of I received the Schwab Cup that that takes away from the truth that he has the perfect 12 months and he’s undoubtedly going to be Participant of the Yr.
“I feel the playoffs and the Schwab Cup is designed extra to create a little bit bit of pleasure on the finish of the 12 months to see who can deliver residence the Scwhab Cup and make it a little bit bit extra of an thrilling form of end.”
Actually Sutherland has some extent. The Schwab Cup Playoffs are designed very similar to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. Season-long efficiency is factored in, however factors are in the end reset previous to the playoff finale to maintain issues attention-grabbing and stop gamers from locking up the playoff bonus earlier than the ultimate occasion.
Sutherland entered the Charles Schwab Cup Championship fifth in factors, however his victory was sufficient to maneuver him previous Langer, who tied for 12th to drop to second within the last standings.
In 11 years of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, solely 5 instances has the PGA Tour Participant of the Yr additionally been the FedEx Cup champion.
When requested if he would change something in regards to the Schwab Cup Playoffs, Sutherland appeared content material.
“I’d hold it comparable,” Sutherland stated. “You may wish to tweak a couple of issues, I assume. I wouldn’t be towards that. … The bottom line is you wish to form of give the fellows who performed nicely all 12 months a bonus, however you additionally wish to make it so it’s not such a giant benefit that it’s a forgone conclusion who’s going to win.
“You’ve bought to seek out this center floor.”