Tiger Woods a stud heading into FedExCup playoffs

Tiger Woods looks at his putt during first round action at the PGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y.,...

Tiger Woods looks at his putt during first round action at the PGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 8, 2013. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:31 PM ET

Originally seen by many as a way to keep Tiger Woods interested late into the PGA Tour season — dangling a $10 million carrot in front of him — the FedExCup playoffs have come a long way since their inception in 2007.

Sure, Woods won the Cup and its ridiculous prize money in two of the first three instalments, but an interesting thing has happened since the early days of the FedExCup.

Perhaps directly proportional to Woods' decline, and facilitated by a number of rule changes on how events are weighted, etc., the FedExCup actually has become a somewhat exciting and worthwhile exercise in which more players can compete and win.

The past two victors, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas, came into the playoffs ranked Nos. 19 and 15, respectively, and the only times the No. 1 seed won were in Woods' two triumphs (2007, 2009).


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