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Monday Scramble: Golf could use some madness

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Welcome to the Monday Scramble, where we are yearning for the days when Tiger Woods won golf tournaments.
Let's get this out of the way. Anyone that uses Heath Slocum's victory at The Barclays as an excuse to find fault with the FedEx Cup playoffs system isn't being fair to the idea of sports in general. How does Slocum win one tournament and all of a sudden jump to No. 3 on the FedEx points list? Because it's the playoffs. Because nowhere in the definition of "playoffs" does it say that the best team or player must win. If that were the case, what's the point of even playing? Call Tiger Woods the regular-season champ like the English Premier League and go play some bocce. Fact of the matter is that Heath Slocum should actually be No. 1 in the points standings, the way things are currently set up, with (pretty much) every player playing in all four events. But as Jeff Maggert said a couple weeks back at the Wyndham Championship, "It's one guy at the top that they're worried about." Which is fine, as long as they start offering Physics Professor Rentals at each playoff event to help the Joe Golf Fan figure everything out. What's our suggestion? Accept the fact that there's no perfect system and roll the dice with the only format that makes playoff sense: match play. You might not think that 17-year-old Byeong Hun-An was the best player in last week's U.S. Amateur, but we can show you exactly why he deserved that trophy and all those perks in the end.
Speaking of brackets, what follows is the one you would have seen this week for the PGA Tour playoffs, using the top 128 from the FedEx Cup point standings after the Wyndham Championship (and restoring Paul Casey to full health). We've played out the first two rounds based on the results at The Barclays, using the Thursday-Friday scores to determine the first-round winners, and the four-round totals to determine the second-round winners. (Ties went to the highest FedEx Cup ranking.) Really, the point of this is only to see what kind of match-ups we would have been able to watch, not question exactly how the Tour could pull this off in the greenback department. (Admittedly, the star power drops off pretty fast in a 128-person event.) As our Golfweek colleague Lance Ringler suggested, it would be neat to treat this similarly to the NCAA basketball tournament. Play the first and second rounds at four different sites, the third and fourth rounds at two more sites, and then gather for a Final 8 PGA Tour weekend in Atlanta. (Make them 36-hole matches, even, to make sure the talent has a better chance of rising to the top.)

Round of 128

SOUTH (Isleworth Country Club, Windermere, Fla.)

  • Tiger Woods (1) def. Rich Beem (128)
  • Brandt Snedeker (64) def. Bob Estes (65)
  • Cameron Beckman (96) def. Pat Perez (33)
  • Charles Howell III (32) def. Matt Bettencourt (97)
  • Harrison Frazar (112) def. Rory Sabbatini (17)
  • Ben Crane (48) def. D.J. Trahan (81)
  • Paul Goydos (49) def. Tim Petrovic (80)
  • Jim Furyk (16) def. Chris DiMarco (113)
  • Brian Gay (9) def. Joe Ogilvie (120)
  • Woody Austin (56) def. Ted Purdy (73)
  • James Nitties (88) def. Nathan Green (41)
  • Luke Donald (24) def. Jeff Quinney (105)
  • Tim Clark (25) def. James Driscoll (104)
  • Sergio Garcia (89) def. Brian Davis (40)
  • Jonathan Byrd (72) def. Mathew Goggin (57)
  • Todd Hamilton (121) def. Geoff Ogilvy (8)

    EAST (Merion Golf Club, Philadelphia)

  • Heath Slocum (124) def. Lucas Glover (5)
  • Jeff Klauk (60) def. Michael Letzig (69)
  • Mark Wilson (37) def. K.J. Choi (92)
  • Charley Hoffman (28) def. Michael Allen (101)
  • Richard S. Johnson (108) def. Jerry Kelly (21)
  • Webb Simpson (85) def. John Merrick (44)
  • Charlie Wi (53) def. Kevin Stadler (76)
  • David Toms (12) def. Chris Stroud (117)
  • Nick Watney (13) def. Adam Scott (116)
  • Matt Kuchar (77) def. Kevin Sutherland (52)
  • D.A. Points (84) def. Brett Quigley (45)
  • Bill Lunde (109) def. John Rollins (20)
  • Anthony Kim (29) def. Daniel Chopra (100)
  • Lee Janzen (93) def. Davis Love III (36)
  • Scott Verplank (61) def. Jeff Overton (68)
  • Troy Matteson (125) def. Kenny Perry (4)

    CENTRAL (Whistling Straits GC, Mosel, Wis.)

  • Zach Johnson (3) def. Matt Jones (126)
  • Jason Day (67) def. J.B. Holmes (62)
  • Ben Curtis (94) def. Camilo Villegas (35)
  • Steve Marino (30) def. Greg Owen (99)
  • Alex Cejka (110) def. Dustin Johnson (19)
  • Bo Van Pelt (46) def. Scott Piercy (83)
  • Briny Baird (51) def. Marc Leishman (78)
  • Hunter Mahan (14) def. Vaughn Taylor (115)
  • Retief Goosen (11) def. David Mathis (118)
  • Bubba Watson (54) def. Scott McCarron (75)
  • John Mallinger (43) def. Kevin Streelman (86)
  • Fredrik Jacobson (107) def. Ryan Moore (22)
  • Robert Garrigus (102) def. Angel Cabrera (27)
  • Robert Allenby (38) def. Justin Rose (91)
  • Stephen Ames (70) def. Vijay Singh (59)
  • Phil Mickelson (6) def. Jeff Maggert (123)

    WEST (Olympic Club, San Francisco)

  • Y.E. Yang (7) def. Roland Thatcher (122)
  • J.J. Henry (58) def. Boo Weekley (71)
  • Justin Leonard (39) def. Ryuji Imada (90)
  • Mike Weir (26) def. Aaron Baddeley (103)
  • Kevin Na (23) def. Tim Herron (106)
  • Jason Dufner (42) def. Nick O'Hern (87)
  • Fred Couples (74) def. Bryce Molder (55)
  • Chris Riley (119) def. Sean O'Hair (10)
  • Stewart Cink (15) def. Steve Flesch (114)
  • Chad Campbell (50) def. Greg Chalmers (79)
  • Ernie Els (47) def. Bill Haas (82)
  • Mark Calcavecchia (111) def. Paul Casey (18)
  • Rod Pampling (98) def. John Senden (31)
  • Ian Poulter (34) def. George McNeill (95)
  • Padraig Harrington (66) def. Jason Bohn (63)
  • Steve Stricker (2) def. Ken Duke (127)

    Round of 64

    SOUTH (Isleworth Country Club, Windermere, Fla.)

  • Tiger Woods (1) def. Brandt Snedeker (64)
  • Cameron Beckman (96) def. Charles Howell III (32)
  • Ben Crane (48) def. Harrison Frazar (112)
  • Paul Goydos (49) def. Jim Furyk (16)
  • Brian Gay (9) def. Woody Austin (56)
  • Luke Donald (24) def. James Nitties (88)
  • Tim Clark (25) def. Sergio Garcia (89)
  • Jonathan Byrd (72) def. Todd Hamilton (121)

    EAST (Merion Golf Club, Philadelphia)

  • Heath Slocum (124) def. Jeff Klauk (60)
  • Charley Hoffman (28) def. Mark Wilson (37)
  • Webb Simpson (85) def. Richard S. Johnson (108)
  • David Toms (12) def. Charlie Wi (53)
  • Nick Watney (13) def. Matt Kuchar (77)
  • D.A. Points (84) def. Bill Lunde (109)
  • Lee Janzen (93) def. Anthony Kim (29)
  • Scott Verplank (61) def. Troy Matteson (125)

    CENTRAL (Whistling Straits GC, Mosel, Wis.)

  • Jason Day (67) def. Zach Johnson (3)
  • Steve Marino (30) def. Ben Curtis (94)
  • Bo Van Pelt (46) def. Alex Cejka (110)
  • Hunter Mahan (14) def. Briny Baird (51)
  • Retief Goosen (11) def. Bubba Watson (54)
  • Fredrik Jacobson (107) def. John Mallinger (43)
  • Robert Allenby (38) def. Robert Garrigus (102)
  • Phil Mickelson (6) def. Stephen Ames (70)

    WEST (Olympic Club, San Francisco)

  • Y.E. Yang (7) def. J.J. Henry (58)
  • Justin Leonard (39) def. Mike Weir (26)
  • Kevin Na (23) def. Jason Dufner (42)
  • Fred Couples (74) def. Chris Riley (119)
  • Stewart Cink (15) def. Chad Campbell (50)
  • Ernie Els (47) def. Mark Calcavecchia (111)
  • Ian Poulter (34) def. Rod Pampling (98)
  • Padraig Harrington (66) def. Steve Stricker (2)

    Round of 32 matchups

    SOUTH/EAST (Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga.)

  • Tiger Woods (1) vs. Cameron Beckman (96)
  • Ben Crane (48) vs. Paul Goydos (49)
  • Brian Gay (9) vs. Luke Donald (24)
  • Tim Clark (25) vs. Jonathan Byrd (72)
  • Heath Slocum (124) vs. Charley Hoffman (28)
  • Webb Simpson (85) vs. David Toms (12)
  • Nick Watney (13) vs. D.A. Points (84)
  • Lee Janzen (93) vs. Scott Verplank (61)

    CENTRAL/WEST (Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Okla.)

  • Jason Day (67) vs. Steve Marino (30)
  • Bo Van Pelt (46) vs. Hunter Mahan (14)
  • Retief Goosen (11) vs. Fredrik Jacobson (107)
  • Robert Allenby (38) vs. Phil Mickelson (6)
  • Y.E. Yang (7) vs. Justin Leonard (39)
  • Kevin Na (23) vs. Fred Couples (74)
  • Stewart Cink (15) vs. Ernie Els (47)
  • Ian Poulter (34) vs. Padraig Harrington (66) (P.S. There is no truth to the rumor that we like this format only because of the possibility of the second-round Harrison Frazar-Ben Crane match and its implication on making Frasier Crane references.)
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