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What if golf had a bowl system?

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

If golf had a bowl system Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar would play the title game. (USATSI)
If golf had a bowl system Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar would play the title game. (USATSI)

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We've reached the point of the college football season where fans are trying to figure out what bowl their team will be slotted in and whether that game will be worth going to.

We're also at the point in the season when a faction of people (as in, most of them) start clamoring for a college football playoff like every other sport, including golf, has.

But that got me to wondering about what every other sport would look like if it had a bowl system instead of a playoff and that led me to this: Creating a bowl system for the 2013 PGA Tour.

Here is what 25 bowls (I couldn't, in good conscience, go beyond the top 50 money leaders) would look like if filled with golfers based on how they did during the PGA Tour regular season money list.

This isn't a great great ranking system but hey, neither is the BCS. The golf bowls would work the same as college football: One title game that means something (Tiger Woods vs. Matt Kuchar) and 24 other meaningless, but sometimes fun, games.

Here they are...

National title

Tiger Woods vs. Matt Kuchar -- Unfortunately we wouldn't get Woods vs. Adam Scott to settle the player of the year debate but hey somebody has to be 2003 Auburn.

Rose Bowl

Phil Mickelson vs. Brandt Snedeker -- This is perfect for Mickelson -- He loves California, he loves classic events, and he went to a Pac-12 school.

Orange Bowl

Henrik Stenson vs. Bill Haas -- About as boring as the Orange Bowl has become in real life.

Fiesta Bowl

Adam Scott vs. Justin Rose -- Terrific matchup here and perfect for a Fiesta Bowl that has been given some amazing games over the last decade.

Sugar Bowl

Keegan Bradley vs. Billy Horschel -- So much emotion in this matchup. Your TV might combust before completion.

Cotton Bowl

Jason Day vs. Kevin Streelman -- Mimics real life. You have the powerhouse SEC-like Day and unheralded and sometimes misunderstood Big 12-like Streelman.

Capital One

Jason Dufner vs. Jordan Spieth -- Potentially the matchup of the entire bowl season. Two grossly talented ball strikers.

Outback

Boo Weekley vs. Dustin Johnson -- What a pairing here. If we didn't get a mic on at least one of these guys a la college football coaches then I'd be terribly disappointed.

Alamo

Steve Stricker vs. Hunter Mahan -- Really strong matchup here, just like the Alamo Bowl. Also a throwback Alamo Bowl game as Mahan went to a Big 12 school and Stricker to a Big 10 school.

Chick-fil-A

Webb Simpson vs. Zach Johnson -- If you said "pick two people to play in the Chick-fil-A bowl from the PGA Tour, these are the two I'd pick. Funny how these things work out.

Sun

D.A. Points vs. Jim Furyk -- I don't watch the Sun Bowl, I wouldn't watch this.

Gator

Graeme McDowell vs. Harris English -- Sneaky great matchup here. The Ulsterman vs. English, man, it would be great.

Music City

Jonas Blixt vs. Russell Henley -- Good matchup between two young potential stars.

Holiday

Lee Westwood vs. Patrick Reed -- PGA Tour wins: Westwood -- 2, Reed -- 1. That's weird, no?

Buffalo Wild Wings

Jimmy Walker vs. John Merrick -- Forgettable, like every Buffalo Wild Wings game ever.

Russell Athletic

Charles Howell III vs. Charl Schwartzel -- Two of the best swings in golf in this one. Would be a great, underrated matchup.

Belk

Angel Cabrera vs. David Lingmerth -- Two guys who dress like they shop at Belk.

Fight Hunger

Martin Laird vs. Ken Duke -- Duke is built like he's already fought, and destroyed, hunger.

Heart of Dallas

Sang-Moon Bae vs. Michael Thompson -- Perfect for Bae given that Dallas (site of his first win) will always have a special place in his heart.

Texas

Rory McIlroy vs. Scott Piercy -- McIlroy is the Georgia of golf. Has a ton of losses and makes you say "wait, he's better than this, right?" Shouldn't his record be better than this. To my knowledge McIlroy hasn't lost control of anything yet, though, so there's that.

Pinstripe

Rickie Fowler vs. Graham DeLaet -- And Fowler would likely wear a pinstripe outfit to honor the bowl name.

Military

Scott Stallings vs. Sergio Garcia -- Garcia in any format that has the camera on him for five straight hours is always a timebomb. I'm in on this.

Independence

Chris Kirk vs. Roberto Castro -- Gonna guess ESPN won't be sending Brent and Herbie to cover this one.

Armed Forces

Bubba Watson vs. Ryan Palmer -- Bubba Watson is the Florida of golf. "Wait, he made a bowl...wait...he made this bowl?"

Liberty

Chris Stroud vs. Charley Hoffman -- This is the "wait, why are they playing these bowls again?" portion of the schedule.

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