FedEx talk dominating the week 

November, 3, 2006
ATLANTA -- At most events on the PGA Tour, players are bombarded with post-round inquiries like, "Was that an 8-iron or a 9-iron you used on the fourth hole?" and "How long was that putt on 17? Ten feet or 12?"

This week's Tour Championship, however, has possessed the underlying subplot of the upcoming FedEx Cup, which will begin next season. We know many details, but some of the particulars are still yet to be unveiled and, well, inquiring minds want to know.

(For those who are still in the dark as to what exactly the FedEx Cup is, here's a quick explanation, stolen directly from my SportsNation chat: The FedEx Cup is made up of 40 tournaments next season, beginning in January and ending in September. After the first 36 events, the top 144 players on the new points standings will advance into the four-event "playoffs." After the first three of those events, the top 30 will advance to the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where the points carry over. The player with the most playoff points after the Tour Championship takes home $10 million, but it won't necessarily be the guy who wins the Tour Championship. Sound confusing? It is.)

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