Patrick Cantlay will hit his first tee shot at the PGA Tour's season-ending Tour Championship on Thursday with a two-shot lead.
He earned that cushion courtesy of a six-hole play-off win over Bryson DeChambeau at last week's BMW Championship.
But Cantlay is not a fan of the staggered start to the FedExCup finale that provides him with a two-stroke lead over second-seeded Tony Finau and a bigger weighted advantage over the other players in the elite 30-man field.
"Frankly, it's not a good format," Cantlay said on Wednesday.
"I think it's obvious why (the PGA Tour) went to the format because the previous format was confusing.
"I think this format is less confusing, but I don't think it's a good format."
"The fact that Xander didn't get a tournament win for beating the field by two or three shots is absolutely criminal ..." - Patrick Cantlay.
Dustin Johnson is the reigning FedExCup champion.
After winning the first leg of the 2019-20 playoffs in record fashion, he finished second in the BMW Championship to enter East Lake with a two-shot advantage.
Johnson finished with the third-best score at the Tour Championship – enough to claim the title despite being four shots behind Xander Schauffele's 72-hole score of 265.
Schauffele wasn't credited with a victory despite posting the lowest score of the week by three shots over Scottie Scheffler.
"The fact that Xander didn't get a tournament win for beating the field by two or three shots is absolutely criminal, not just because he's my friend, but I think that if that happened to anybody that would be criminal," Cantlay said.
"There has to be a better solution.
"I am not a mastermind on golf formats and there are lots of moving parts, so I'm not saying that I have the answer.
"There are lots of smart people and I guarantee you there must be an option for a better format out there than the current one we are playing in."
That said, Cantlay – the only three-time title winner on the PGA Tour this season – is focused on taking advantage of the position he is as he enters this week ranked a career-best fourth.
"I'm in a comfortable spot with my game where I don't need to tinker," he said.
"I just need to get fresh and ready and do my standard routine to prep for a golf tournament and the results should take care of themselves."