Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

PGA Tour announces changes to FedEx Cup Playoffs format

PGA Tour announces changes to FedEx Cup Playoffs format

The FedEx Cup finale takes place at East Lake in Atlanta this week and Thomas will tee off on Thursday after having had a few days rest.

This year's victor at East Lake in Atlanta will earn $10m (£7.6m).

Along with the announcement of the $15-million top prize, the PGA Tour also confirmed the August report that the playoffs would be moving forward in the schedule to finish before the National Football League season begins in September and cut down from four events to three.

World number four Justin Thomas has been sitting in the sidelines nursing a wrist injury, but will still compete at this weekend TOUR Championship. "As play moves on through the week, we're just looking at a scoreboard".

The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par.

The idea behind the change is to ensure that the victor of the Tour Championship also wins the overall FedEx Cup, removing the whole "ahead on points" strangeness and, theoretically, making the entire process much more understandable for the casual fan.

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Now that the 2018 Tour Championship field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. The first playoff event at the Northern Trust will feature 125 players with a cut down to the top 70 for the BMW Championship.

All of which makes Tuesday morning's announcement at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. seem all the more radical. "So every viewer, every spectator and every player on the golf course will know precisely where they stand at any moment".

St. Simons Island, Ga., resident Davis Love III, a current member of the Tour Policy Board who also was on the board when the original FedEx Cup format was launched - which has been tweaked several times.

Each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level.

Also, the model says three golfers with odds of 16-1 or longer will make a deep run at the Tour Championship title. 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. "As soon as the TOUR Championship begins, any fan - no matter if they've followed the PGA TOUR all season or are just tuning in for the final event - can immediately understand what's going on and what's at stake for every single player in the field". The fans? Well, you can bank on them tuning in more to see who that money may be going to, not how much.

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