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

Smith to have a crack at $US10m FedEx Cup

Smith to have a crack at $US10m FedEx Cup

Not only will the competition go from four events down to three, the Tour Championship, starting next year, will place players at certain scores to start the tournament.

The former world No.1 has made an impressive return to competitive golf this term after recovering from spine fusion surgery last April.

"I've played well but just not that great, so I'm really looking forward to playing it in March this year with the different course conditions and playing a little bit longer". The man who finishes second will get $6 million - more than Jack Nicklaus pocketed in his entire career.

Among those events where Woods threatened the leaderboards on the back nine on Sunday include the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Quicken Loans National, as well as majors The Open and US PGA Championship. He enters East Lake ranked No. 20 in the FedEx Cup standings, and knows he faces an uphill climb to win the playoffs.

Under the current system that ends this week, points are reset going into the Tour Championship so that all 30 players have a mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup, and the top five only have to win the tournament to capture the $10 million bonus.

While Woods has yet to taste a tournament victory this year, Monahan said the former world number one had nevertheless had a huge impact, boosting television ratings and indirectly raising the profile of other players on tour.

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Tiger came close once again at the BMW Championship, a recurring theme in his comeback season. You've got to drive it well, place your irons correctly. I'm putting the pieces together, I've changed some of my technique and my equipment - I'm very close.

Tiger Woods has revealed that he first started to struggle with the back problem that nearly ended his career when he last played in the Ryder Cup - a 2012 defeat as Europe pulled off the "Miracle at Medinah". "To be able to have played this well after coming off what I came off of". He finished 11th in the standings and was as easy choice as a captain's pick by Jim Furyk. Yeah we have a solid team, but so do the Europeans. The leader will start at 10 under, with the next four players at eight under through five under respectively, and so on.

"It took forever for that putt to start breaking. but once (the grain) snagged it, it was going straight right".

The better odds are with the top five seeds - Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas - who only have to win the Tour Championship to take home the richest bonus in golf.

Monahan said the victor of the FedEx Cup next year would make upward of $27 million, and he expected comprehensive player earnings to increase 12 percent, or more than $500 million.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Tuesday the changes were created to make the FedEx Cup finale easier for fans to understand and to avoid the potential for separate winners of the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

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