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The FedEx Cup Has Undergone A Drastic Revamp

The FedEx Cup has been the de facto Order of Merit tournament for the PGA Tour for over a decade.

Aside from some initial teething problems that needed to be solved, the competition has largely remained the same since its inception in 2007.

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 first three playoff events gradually cut the field down to 30 for the final Tour Championship event, where only the top five in the rankings are guaranteed the overall Cup and $10 million prize with a win.

This is all set to change utterly following an announcement today by the PGA Tour which is to be implemented for the 2019 season.

While the main prize has been boosted to $15m, the number of playoff events has been reduced to three.

The season-ending Tour Championship has been dramatically adjusted. Instead of a regular 72 hole event where each player starts at level par, the scoring will be staggered from the off.

In order to give those at the top of the standings a tangible boost over the rest, the leader will start at 10 under par, second place will start at -8, and then -7, -6 and -5 for those players that are third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

This goes on until the player at 30th starts on even par. Will Gray of the Golf Channel does a great job of illustrating how such a structure would affect this year’s Tour Championship, which begins on Thursday.

This gets rid of the permutations that have confused many, but replaces them with a baffling system that is already proving to be controversial.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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