Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Luke Donald favors tweaks to race
ESPN.com news services
No matter what he does this week at the DP World Tour Championship, Rory McIlroy will be crowned champion of the European Tour's season-long Race to Dubai. That fact has some, including new world No. 2 Luke Donald, believing the system might be in need of a change.
"They may want to think about adding a scenario where that doesn't happen and incorporate either a playoff system or some other way to make sure that it does go down to the wire," Donald told reporters on Tuesday in Dubai.
McIlroy wrapped up the Race to Dubai with his third-place finish at the Singapore Open on Nov. 10 and currently leads second-place Peter Hanson by more than $1.3 million.
When the PGA Tour started the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2007, tour officials dealt with similar issues of an anticlimatic finish. In the new format's second year, Vijay Singh merely had to complete 72 holes at the Tour Championship to secure the title.
In subsequent seasons, the PGA Tour changed its system so that any player in the top five of the season-long race entering the final eligible event could win the overall title with a victory at the Tour Championship.