Heath Slocum

This playoff can have nice payoff

The FedEx Cup begins its fifth edition of its "playoff" series this week, signaling open season for critics of the PGA Tour's attempt to give its season a meaningful finish.

The points system is too wonky. The four-event series is weighted too heavily. One could win two playoff events but not the FedEx Cup. It's all worth examining. But one can't say players don't take it seriously.

Why else would Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and other top names have added their names to last week's stop in Greensboro? Though making the "playoffs" isn't exactly worth celebrating, nobody likes being left out either.

And once you get in, it only takes one good...