Points payout will boost US Bank field

Updated: 17 May 2007 16:41 IST

This year's US Bank Championship golf tournament has been wedged into one of the least coveted spots on the US PGA Tour schedule.

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This year's US Bank Championship golf tournament has been wedged into one of the least coveted spots on the US PGA Tour schedule: Opposite the prestigious British Open.

But 2006 tournament winner Corey Pavin says he's returning to Milwaukee to defend his title in July. And he figures he'll have plenty of good competition thanks to the PGA Tour's new points race for the season-ending FedEx Cup.

"Maybe the field's not going to be as strong as other events that are played, but I think that'll enhance this field quite a bit," said Pavin, who was in Milwaukee on Tuesday to promote the tournament.

Pavin says the new points system might help boost the popularity of the Milwaukee tournament by prodding more players who don't qualify for the British Open to come play for positioning in the FedEx Cup standings instead of taking the weekend off.

"If they need to play some more, they're going to add more tournaments in to make sure they get up as high on that list as they can get," Pavin said. "And I think that's going to have a positive effect on this tournament."

The FedEx Cup is a year-long points competition that divides the PGA Tour schedule into two components, the regular tour in January and a four-event playoff beginning in August.

Players qualify to compete for the playoff bonus by earning points during the newly established regular season. The top 144 players become eligible to compete for the FedEx Cup in the four playoff tournaments.

The player who performs best in the playoff tournaments gets a $10 million bonus.

Topics : Golf
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