FedEx Cup to offer $15 million to victor next year

TOUR Championship: Power ranking all 30 players at East Lake

Players earn FedEx Cup points throughout the season (major championships count double), and the top 125 players in August gain entry into the play-offs and retain/earn their Tour cards.

The PGA Tour season reaches its climax this week at the Tour Championship, with extended coverage from the final FedExCup play-off, live on Sky Sports.

Starting next year at East Lake, the FedEx Cup leader will start the Tour Championship at 10-under par and have a two-shot lead. The FedEx Cup playoffs are reduced from four events to three, with the victor of the Tour Championship being the FedEx Cup champion.

"To keep players interested through the regular season, the Tour is also rolling out the "$10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10", with the regular-season victor getting $2 million and the 10th-place finisher getting $500,000.

After hearing Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's chief tournament and competitions officer deliver a presentation on the changes, Casey said that he was receptive to the idea of the strokes-based scoring system.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says the changes were geared toward making the FedEx Cup finale easier for fans to understand and to avoid the potential of separate winners of the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. The fans? Well, you can bank on them tuning in more to see who that money may be going to, not how much.

That seemed to change a year ago at this event, when Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship at +8000. The next golfer in the standings will begin at 8-under, the player in the third spot would be 7-under, and so on.




The next five players will tee off at four-under, regressing by one stroke for every five players until those ranked 26-30 start at even par. Tiger Woods, now 20th in the FedEx Cup standings, would start the tournament eight shots behind at 2-under par. "With two big weeks coming up, it's kind of more precautionary than anything".

Tiger Woods enters the week ranked 20th in the standings, so he'd need to win this week and get quite a bit of help to claim the cup at the end of the week. He won the Tour Championship before in 2016 and finished tied for second in 2014. Yet at the same time, we wanted to retain much of what we'e built over the previous 11 or 12 years, which is a system that identifies a player who's had a great year.

"Just a little tightness and it probably looks a little worse than it is".

The Tour also announced an attempt to put more spice in the regular season by launching the $10 million "Wyndham Rewards Top 10".

The schedule adjustments include the playoffs being reduced to three events - the Northern Trust, BMW Championship and The Tour Championship. Both events will award quadruple points compared to regular-season events.

Despite earning nearly $5 million from 19 starts, Day feels his poor results at the majors - failing to finish inside the top-15 at all four of golf's biggest events - influenced his negative assessment.

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