ATLANTA — The New England Patriots don’t start the Super Bowl with a 14-point lead. Alabama does not have a 10-point advantage going into the college football national championship game. The Golden State Warriors did not start the NBA Finals with a 15-point cushion.
PGA Tour player Max Homa wonders if the FedEx Cup playoff points leader should have a 2-shot lead over everyone before the first tee shot is struck in the season-ending Tour championship .
“Yeah, I don’t know,” Homa said Friday, of the ladder scoring system, which the PGA Tour only uses at the Tour Championship. “We talk about it a lot. I listen to a lot of this [media] say about it. I said it recently. I don’t think it’s perfect. I don’t know what the answer is, so I’m not going to complain about it.”
“I think we’re not football, we’re not basketball, we’re not baseball. Just because the Patriots are undefeated do we then have to throw them with a two touchdown lead? Because it’s like that year they should have won the Super Bowl, they didn’t. That’s football, but golf is different.
Homa’s comments came after he posted the Tour Championship’s second-lowest round on Friday, a bogey-free 62 that still left him 10 shots behind leader Scottie Scheffler.
Scheffler, as the FedEx Cup points leader, started the Tour Championship at 10 under, at least 2 strokes better than everyone else.
Xander Schauffele, who finished fourth in FedEx points and started 6 under, had 4 shots in the final three holes of Friday’s second round, carding back-to-back birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole at Club East Lake Golf Course. Schauffele still trails Scheffler by 2 strokes after 36 holes.
Without tee shots, Schauffele would be at 11 under after 36 holes, Spaniard Jon Rahm at 10 under and Scheffler at 9 under.
Instead, Scheffler is 19 under after 36 holes and is 2 strokes ahead of Schauffele and 6 ahead of Rahm.
“I mean, it’s more doable, but he plays good golf, doesn’t he?” Rahm said of Scheffler. “And we’re going to have to go on and play good golf as well. It’s going to be a really strong weekend for me and hopefully not a strong Scottie. That’s kind of what we’re looking for.”