FedEx Cup overhaul includes $15 million to Tour champ

Lynette Rowe
September 22, 2018

Justin Thomas is the reigning FedEx Cup and he knows victory here would give him back to back success - and he knows no player has achieved this feat since the play-offs were introduced in 2007.

"Every time I have ever come here, the scenario is like you've got to do this and he's got to do that, and you can win, but you won't win", Casey said in the practice area at East Lake Country Club.

The FedEx Cup has been the de facto Order of Merit tournament for the PGA Tour for over a decade. Instead, the player with the lowest score at the end of the week will win The Tour Championship, the FedExCup and $15 million. 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.

Under the current system, FedEx Cup points won throughout the season are partly reset before the Tour Championship begins, so that all 30 players theoretically can win. This season's Tour Championship includes a $10 million prize to the victor.

The FedExCup play-offs will also be reduced from four events to three, with the Dell Technologies Championship removed from the schedule. "It's going to be interesting", said reigning FedExCup champion Justin Thomas, now No. 5 in the standings. That happened previous year when Xander Schauffele on the Tour Championship and Justin Thomas captured the FedEx Cup.

In essence, the problem with the current format is that the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup are being contested at the same time. The first playoff event at the Northern Trust will feature 125 players with a cut down to the top 70 for the BMW Championship.

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Meanwhile, the PGA Tour also announced a new incentive program created to reward the players who have the best regular seasons.

That quintet comprises top-ranked DeChambeau, who leads the FedExCup standings after winning the first two playoff events, followed by world number one Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and defending FedExCup champion Justin Thomas.

The top player in points at the end of the regular season will receive a $2 million bonus, with payouts going down 10 places to $500,000. The top 10 are expected to average just over $12 million, and the top 50 players will earn more than $5 million in earnings and bonuses.

"We are excited to unveil the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 next year, which will place an even greater premium on excelling over the course of the Regular Season", said Andy Pazder, Chief Tournament and Competitions Officer for the PGA TOUR.

Two weeks ago, in the most recent playoff event at the BMW Championship, Rose lost to Keegan Bradley in sudden death.

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