The best part about the new PGA Tour wraparound season

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It's tough enough to get folks to watch golf during football season when Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are playing for $10 million at the Tour Championship.

So Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka playing for $900,000 at the Open on a Sunday evening? Forget about it.

The new PGA Tour wraparound schedule was partially created to try and lure bigger names to October and November events with the carrot of 500 FedEx Cup points that regular PGA Tour events offer dangling at each event.

I'm not sure that's going to work as intended (does Tiger Woods give a crap about 500 FedEx Cup points?) but the unintended consequence is that the Masters decided it would extend invites to next year's tournament for winners of these events.

Last year Augusta said it only extends invitations for winners of PGA Tour events with the full FedEx Cup points allocations which the tournaments this fall -- including the Open -- now have. They didn't last year and, as a result, Open winner Jonas Blixt didn't get to play Augusta.

The result this year? 

A potentially crowded 2014 Masters and very excited Jimmy Walker.

The career grinder had previously played 187 events before winning the Open last weekend, none of them at Augusta. Although, sitting next to a yellow Masters flag in his post-round press conference he told a story about how he got to play a practice round there one time during winter.

"I think I that's the only place on the planet you will go out and play when it's 38 and drizzling."

Many people -- mostly media and fans -- have complained about the new PGA Tour schedule.

And while I agree that it's not that ideal -- the offseason was 18 days long -- I think it's great because it gives guys like Walker and many others a chance to sneak into golf's most prestigious tournament without the likes of Woods and Mickelson stealing the show.

It creates excitement that money and FedEx Cup points can't begin to conjure up.

The winners of these tournaments might not be names you've heard of but they'll surely be stories you see come next April.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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