Monday, September 27, 2010

Jim Furyk ruined the FedEx Cup

I was ready for it.  So was the world of golf.  Today's headlines should have read, "Generation X rules the Golfing World."  Instead it reads, "Same old dudes win every time."

Generation X, the young guns on tour, took great strides towards changing what has become a stagnant leaderboard in professional golf.  Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, and Ian Poulter put up some impressive stuff this year.  They were fresh faces; I was growing sick of seeing the same handful of guys-- Tiger, Phil, Vijay and Ernie-- in the winner's circle every week. There have been a handful of others too, that were regulars; and yesterday's winner, Jim Furyk, certainly falls into this category.  But up until yesterday, many thought that the dozen or so new winners on tour would buck this decade long trend and someone would emerge as the face of the new generation.  A changing of the guard, if you will.

No such luck.

Jim Furyk proved that the old guys on tour still rule.  His win at Eastlake means three things:  He is the only player on tour this year to win three tournaments, he won the Fedex Cup, and he will win the Player of the Year award. 

Amazing how things changed so quickly. Just yesterday morning I would have argued that Dustin Johnson deserved the Player of the Year Award.  I could have even put up a decent argument for Kuchar taking home that honor.  But I wouldn't have given Furyk a second thought. 

But now, as the only player with three wins, it's crystal clear.  Furyk deserves this title. 

Nothing against Furyk, but I would have really liked to see the trend of fresh faces in the winner's circle.  Paul Casey would have been an interesting twist, so would have Retief Goosen; neither of which have won this year. 

But Furyk will continue the trend of institution players winning this award.  Since '99 winners have included Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, and Padraig Harrington, all players with 25 or more professional wins to their name.  Furyk, with 26 career wins, certainly wont buck that trend. 

The youngest of the young guns: Ryo, Rory, and Rickie
Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Charlie Hoffman and Hunter Mahan, the other contenders, didn't even have 25 professional wins combined.

Look, the PGA Tour is the way it is.  There are dominant players and everyone else.  I just kinda thought that this year the winds were changing and things would be a bit different.  Naivety? Stupidity?  maybe a little of both.  But someday, my generation will rule the world.  someday...

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