The adjustments coincide with the Tour's significant changes to the schedule, which now will see the season conclude before Labor Day to escape the looming shadows of the NFL, MLB and college football.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs will be revamped in 2019 with a new system and increased prize money, the PGA Tour has announced. Victor of the tournament wins the whole deal, including a newly jacked-up $15 million prize.
For the most part, Billy Horschel, who won the FedEx Cup after he won the Tour Championship in 2014 and some top-ranked players stumbled, likes the changes. The next four players will start at 8-under through 5-under, respectively, while Nos.
The next five players would be at 4 under, with players 11 to 15 at 3 under, 16 to 20 at 2 under, 21 to 215 at 1 under and players 26 through 30 would start at even par. Instead of a regular 72 hole event where each player starts at level par, the scoring will be staggered from the off.
"We have no doubt it will create a compelling, dramatic conclusion for the TOUR's ultimate prize", Monahan said. Just looking at this week's 30-person season finale, Rose, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are at the top of the betting. And, of course, players will know exactly where they stand at all times while in play, which will ratchet up the drama, outcome and volatility of the competition down the stretch. Xander Schauffele held on to win the tournament, but Justin Thomas took the FedEx Cup trophy to cap a breakout season. It was the second time there were two winners on Sunday.
Woods is still searching for that elusive 80th PGA Tour victory and his last win in the FedExCup Playoffs was at the 2009 BMW Championship. The existing FedEx Cup bonus pool will be enhanced by $25 million to $60 million, with the victor receiving $15 million, up from $10 million which has been in place since 2007.
The TOUR ChampionshipFantasy Sleeper ReportYou must be a Premium Member to view our exclusive fantasy golf picks. Monahan said that might encourage players to enter the final regular-season event, the Wyndham Championship, to try to secure the No. 1 seed or at least improve positions going into the playoffs. The top-10 regular-season points leaders through the closing event at the Wyndham in Greensboro, N.C., will share that amount in a bonus pool. The first playoff event at the Northern Trust will feature 125 players with a cut down to the top 70 for the BMW Championship.
Rory McIlroy is the most likely victor of the tournament according to the Betfair Sportsbook, the Ulsterman a 15/2 shot to come home ahead of the rest. All along, he had planned on being at East Lake, where he won the 2015 FedEx Cup. DeChambeau was a prospect who many figured could make into the game's elite class.