The FedEx Cup playoffs will only have three events next

Annette Crawford
September 19, 2018

Prize money for the season-ending FedEx Cup victor will rise to $15m (£11.4m) in a revamp announced by the PGA Tour.

The most eye-opening change concerns the FedEx Cup playoff-concluding Tour Championship, with top players carrying strokes-gained bonuses into the event.

Check out all the clubs and balls being used by players ranked in the top 10 on the FedEx Cup points list as they vie for the title and the $10 million first-place playoff prize.

As has been the case since the FedExCup Playoffs' inception in 2007, the postseason's last event, The Tour Championship, will feature 30 players.

"Now is the time to make these changes, and thanks to significant input in the process by our players, partners and fans, I believe we're making exactly the right moves", Monahan said.

But PGA Tour executive Andy Pazder said Tuesday that the tour and Spieth have "come to a resolution" over how the three-time major victor would atone for having violated a tour policy by failing to play in 25 events this season.

The top 125 players after the Wyndham Championship will compete in The Northern Trust, with 70 qualifying for the BMW Championship and the traditional top 30 contesting the title-deciding Tour Championship.

In addition to the $10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10, the existing FedExCup bonus pool will increase by $25 million, to $60 million.

"We have come to a resolution, " said Pazder, the tour's chief tournament and competitions officer, on Tuesday at East Lake, site of this week's tournament.

Also, significantly more money will be put into the points race and playoff format, with the victor to receive a $15 million bonus starting next season. But starting next year, points will not be reset. The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par. The next four players in the standings will start at 8 under through 5 under, respectively. Others need to win and get mathematical help. Instead, the player with the lowest score at the end of the week will win The Tour Championship, the FedExCup and $15 million.

"Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity".

"Win The Tour Championship and you are the FedExCup Cup champion".

"Any fan can immediately understand what's going on and what's at stake for every single player in the field, " Monahan said.

"I'd never had an injury before", said Thomas, whose wrist was wrapped in medical tape at his pre-tournament news conference.

The victor of the Tour Championship, based on the staggered scoring formula, will be credited with an official PGA Tour win even if he did not shoot the lowest score over 72 holes.

ATLANTA-Justin Thomas is the reigning FedEx Cup champ, owning a good shot at defending his crown at East Lake. "It is different, and it's never going to be ideal - no system in any sport is ever going to be flawless, but the Tour has done such a great job of talking to us and trying to get it as good as possible". That part's a little bit of a bummer but we're just going to see how it unfolds and hopefully it turns out well. I liked the way that it is now but, like anything, you're just going to have to get used to it. "Hopefully, and I'm sure it will, it will produce a lot of great drama and a very deserving victor".

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