5. Veterans race the clock
Multiple winners and 40-somethings like Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker and David Toms have accomplished just about everything there is to achieve on the PGA TOUR -- except win the FedExCup. Now they aren’t only racing against the group of emerging young stars on TOUR, but also against time. Will this be the year a third player (Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk) over 40 wins the FedExCup?
6. Format rewarding play at the right time
Any player with TOUR status during the season is eligible to win the FedExCup. Anyone who makes the Playoffs has a legitimate chance and any player who tees it up at East Lake has a mathematical chance at winning the FedExCup. Having a good season is important. A strong Playoffs is more important. After accomplishing those two, a strong finish is the most important. That’s just how it should be.
7. Surprises in the Playoffs
Last season, Nick Watney earned his first top-5 finish of the season with his surprise victory at The Barclays. Others in recent years, like Chez Reavie, Charley Hoffman and Heath Slocum have made significant strides in the Playoffs after less-than-stellar seasons leading up to the final four events. Every year has its Cinderella stories. This year won’t be any different.
8. Money list bubbles come during the Playoffs
While FedExCup points determine the top 125 players on TOUR, the money list will still factor into the selection of fields for majors and invitationals in 2014. With the TOUR Championship (not the fall series) now acting as the season finale, all money races will be settled during the Playoffs. It will be an interesting subplot to follow as competitors also chase the FedExCup.
9. More points available
Events scheduled opposite majors or World Golf Championships get a boost this season. Instead of awarding 250 points to the champions, they will now offer 300 points to winners.
10. Follow the leader
Starting with the first full-field event of the season, next week's Sony Open in Hawaii, the FedExCup points leader -- provided he's in the field -- will be easily identifiable whenever he's on the course each week. That's because his caddie will be wearing a special FedExCup points leader bib with orange pockets and an orange stripe on the shoulders at all PGA TOUR-sponsored events.