Former Open champion Ernie Els was the first to complain about the regulation which requires players to compete in two of the first three events to be eligible for the last one, the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
The South African will not fulfil that criteria and therefore will not be in Dubai next week, where Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel will also not take their place in what is meant to be a 60-man field.
Els missed the first Final Series event, the BMW Masters, opting to compete in the CIMB Classic on the PGA Tour instead. He finished 11th in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Sunday but is not competing in this week's Turkish Airlines Open.
Garcia is following the same schedule as Els, while Schwartzel did not play in the first two events but is competing in Turkey this week.
So far, so bad for the European Tour, which is clearly keen to get as many of its top names as possible to play in the highly lucrative events at the end of the season.
But the good news for Els and anyone else unhappy with the qualifying criteria is that a precedent has already been set in the shape of the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour.
Announced in 2005 and first awarded in 2007, the FedEx Cup also came in for criticism over its structure in each of the first two years, but each time the rules were swiftly changed.
In February 2008, the changes were designed to allow more players a chance to improve their positions on the points list as the play-offs progressed.
In November 2008, further changes were designed to help ensure that the championship could not be won until every golfer that qualified finished playing the final play-off event. This resulted from the fact that Vijay Singh had accumulated enough points through the first three play-off events in 2008 to guarantee that he would win the FedEx Cup before the Tour Championship.
In 2013, all 30 players in the Tour Championship had the chance to win the FedEx Cup, but only five - Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott - could be certain of doing so by winning in Atlanta.
"I think it's working well," Scott said. "I think we've all got our heads around it now."
How long it takes for Europe's players to get their head around the Final Series remains to be seen, but European Tour officials appear ready to take on board the criticism and make adjustments for next season.
Chief executive George O'Grady is due to reveal how the format "evolves and moves forward" in Dubai next week. It is just a shame that Els will not be there to hear it in person.
British golf fans wanting to test themselves against the famous and fearsome "island green" of the 17th hole at Sawgrass have had to make the long, and expensive, journey to Florida.
But now they can look forward to a rather shorter journey - albeit depending on the state of the M25 at the time - to Edgware, north London, after the news that an application has been submitted to start construction of The Dye London.
"Dye Designs is thrilled to announce our latest project, The Dye London, in Edgware, north London," a Dye Designs spokesperson said.
"The course will feature a Dye signature island green, similar to the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Dye-designed courses have hosted over 50 championships worldwide and our team is looking forward tremendously to creating our first golf course in the United Kingdom."
Pete Dye, 87, has designed hundreds of courses around the world, including the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island which staged the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 US PGA Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008.
It took a press release announcing Phil Mickelson's participation in next year's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to realise just how far Luke Donald has fallen down the world rankings.
Listing some of the other star names lined up for the tournament, the description of Donald as "world number 16" leaps off the page when you consider he was ranked number one until Rory McIlroy won the US PGA Championship last August.
The work undertaken on his swing under new coach Chuck Cook was always going to take time to gel, but hopefully Donald can stop the slide sooner rather than later and begin climbing back up the rankings.