ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy is unconvinced by the new staggered start to be used at this week's season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta and questioned on Wednesday whether it could affect the tournament's prestige.
The PGA Tour has instigated the scoring system, based on accumulated points, so that top seed Justin Thomas starts the event at 10 under par, with the second seed at eight under, and so on, down to even par for the 26th-to-30th ranked players in the elite field.
This has been done so that, for the first time, the winner of the season-long FedEx Cup points-race and the winner of the Tour Championship are guaranteed to be one and the same person.
Last year, with no staggered start, Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship but Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup. The Englishman almost anonymously collected a $10 million bonus as Woods justifiably earned the headlines for ending his five-year victory drought.
Best birdie-eagle streak (🐦-🐦-🐦-🐦-🐦-🦅).— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 22, 2019
Lowest 9-hole score on the back nine (28).
Lowest second-round score (63).
Lowest 72-hole total.@TigerWoods rewrote the @playofffinale's record books in 2007 on his way to winning the #FedExCup. 🏆#TOURVault pic.twitter.com/3EYQyQx6FH