The Mickelson math


We will hear it about, oh say 1 million times over the next five days how the top 5 players on the FedEx Cup points list can “control their own destiny,” which is postseason speak for if they win the Tour Championship they claim the cup and $10 million lottery ticket.

What’s not as clear, however, is what Phil Mickelson, No. 10 on the points list, must do to win the cup. Lefty must win this week and have Matt Kuchar (No. 1 on the points list) finish fifth or worse, Dustin Johnson (No. 2) must finish no better than fourth, Charley Hoffman (No. 3) and Steve Stricker (No. 4) must finish no better than third and Paul Casey (No. 5) must finish no better than second.

Confused? If not, the Mickelson math is a tad easier when it comes to Lefty’s season-long pursuit of the world’s top ranking. He must win or finish alone in second place to overtake Tiger Woods, who did not qualify for the Tour Championship, atop the World Ranking.