Tour boss Finchem admits FedEx schedule issues

It’s not really the ideal lead-up to the Ryder Cup. So US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is already hinting there will be changes to the FedEx Cup playoffs, starting in 2015.

Many of the players, including some of the Cup’s perceived ‘big guns’ were feeling jaded after four gruelling weeks of golf as they battled to stay in contention.

Tim Finchem Tim Finchem (Credit: Getty Images)

Many were starting to feel it by the time Billy Horschell holed the final putt for victory and the $10m bonus that came with it.

And Finchem admitted the Tour had “erred” with the schedule, hinting players could expect a one-week break in next year’s FedEx events.

“Four in a row doesn’t really work,” Finchem said.

“We understand that. We didn’t like it this year and we’re not going to do it going forward.”

Several players, including Ireland’s world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, blamed “mental fatigue” for some of their poor decisions on the course in recent weeks.

How else could you explain McIlroy four-putting twice in successive days?

Likewise American star Phil Mickelson withdrew midway through the BMW Championship to rest and work on his game in preparation for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in a couple of weeks.

“We think in the Playoffs there should be a break week,” Finchem said.

“We didn’t do that this year for some unusual reasons. I can tell you right now it’s not going to happen in the next few years.

“We already know the basic schedule, and there will be a break week.”

Although some players might be feeling jaded, Finchem said that golf fans weren’t fatigued by the chance to watch players perform in a four-tournament stretch that rewarded a $10 million bonus to the FedExCup winner.