The 2019-20 PGA Tour is coming down the house stretch.
Just one occasion stays within the COVID-19-shortened PGA Tour season: the Tour Championship, the ultimate occasion within the FedEx Cup playoffs, golf’s means of figuring out its champion for a given season. All 125 golfers within the preliminary subject are given a one-year exemption to compete on the PGA Tour; winners of both of the primary two playoff occasions obtain a two-year exemption; and the general winner receives a five-year exemption.
That stated, not everybody made it previous the primary two playoff occasions: The Northern Belief, the place the subject was whittled right down to 70; and the BMW Championship, which sliced the sector to 30 for the Tour Championship. Solely the very best golfers on the planet are assured a possibility on the PGA Tour’s highest prize.
This is every part you’ll want to know concerning the 2020 FedExCup, together with standings, guidelines and factors codecs, schedules and payouts:
FedEx Cup standings 2020
With the conclusion of the BMW Championship — the second playoff occasion of the PGA Tour 2019-20 season — the sector of golfers has been decreased to 30 for the season-ending Tour Championship. Dustin Johnson is projected to enter the playoff finale in first place within the FedEx Cup standings, 391 factors forward of second-place golfer Jon Rahm, who gained the BMW Championship in a playoff over Johnson with a 66-foot putt.
Listed here are the 30 golfers to make the 2020 Tour Championship following the BMW Championship:
How do the FedEx Cup playoffs work?
The PGA Tour common season results in the FedEx Cup playoffs, with every official occasion awarding factors to golfers who made the 36-hole for a given match. The highest 125 golfers in factors earnings on the finish of the common season (the Wyndham Championship) are eligible to compete within the playoffs.
The playoffs start with The Northern Belief, with golfers aiming to make it previous the weekend reduce to allow them to earn extra FedEx Cup factors. Even these golfers who do not make the reduce, nevertheless, can nonetheless advance so long as they end among the many high 70 golfers in mixed FedEx Cup factors from the common season and Northern Belief. From there, the FedEx Cup strikes to the BMW Championship, which permits all members to play by means of all the four-round match. Solely the highest 30 gamers within the FedEx Cup standings can transfer on to the ultimate occasion of the season: the Tour Championship.
The final word purpose is to win the Tour Championship, which not solely nets an enormous payday but additionally supplies PGA Tour exemption for the next 5 seasons. That golfer additionally has bragging rights because the golfer of the yr for that yr.
FedEx Cup factors system
Every official PGA Tour occasion awards factors to golfers who not less than made the 36-hole reduce at any given match. Winners at common PGA Tour occasions earn 500 FedEx Cup factors; winners at any of the 4 majors or The Gamers win 600 factors; winners on the World Golf Championships earn 550 factors. For any PGA Tour occasions performed reverse the WGC or majors, the winner earns 300 factors.
As soon as within the playoffs, potential level earnings are elevated by an element of three, that means the winner of both of the primary two playoff occasions will choose up 1,500 FedEx Cup factors, versus 500 (PGA Tour officers decreased the 2020 playoff from an element of 4 to an element of three because of the COVID-19-shortened season). Factors earned in these occasions are added to a participant’s common season tally, with the sector for subsequent playoff occasions (high 70 for BMW Championship, high 30 for Tour Championship) decided on the mixed factors.
(A full breakdown of playoff factors distributions is obtainable right here).
The Tour Championship wipes the slate clear when it comes to FedEx Cup standings. That stated, the Tour in 2019 launched a handicap mannequin that provides higher-seeded golfers a major benefit over the opposite rivals in the beginning of the match. The golfer with the very best rating on the conclusion of the Tour Championship, handicaps included, is known as champion.
FedEx Cup playoffs schedule
The Northern Belief
Dates: Aug. 20-24Winner: Dustin JohnsonCourse: TPC BostonLocation: Norton, Mass.
The Northern Belief — recognized previously because the Barclays — is the primary of the FedEx Cup playoff occasions. It’s restricted to a 125-player subject, primarily based off FedEx Cup standings from the present PGA Tour. Although it encompasses a weekend reduce, it nonetheless permits gamers who end within the high 70 of the standings to advance to the BMW Championship. Johnson gained the match on Sunday with a 30-under-par efficiency, netting him 1,500 FedEx factors and vaulting him to the highest of the leaderboard.
Dates: Aug. 27-30Course: Olympia Fields Nation MembershipLocation: Olympia Fields, Sick.
The BMW Championship, previously generally known as the Western Open, is the penultimate FedEx Cup match, that includes the highest 70 gamers within the FedEx Cup standings (together with ties) as decided by The Northern Belief. This occasion is distinct in that it does not characteristic a 36-hole cutoff; all 70-plus gamers invited play by means of all the four-round occasion, with solely the highest 30 gamers among the many FedEx Cup standings shifting on to the Tour Championship.
Dates: Sept. Four-7Course: East Lake Golf CourseLocation: Atlanta
The Tour Championship represents not solely the ultimate occasion of the FedEx Cup Playoff, but additionally the ultimate occasion of the 2019-20 PGA Tour (although beforehand scheduled occasions might be held later this yr as a part of the 2020-21 season). It is going to happen at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, which has hosted the occasion since 2004.
The match in 2019 adopted a handicap system to make sure its winner would even be the FedEx Cup champion: The participant with probably the most FedEx Cup factors in the beginning of the match will earn the No. 1 general seed beginning at 10-under par, with the 2-seed beginning at eight underneath and so forth. Beneath is the total handicap system:
1-seed: (10 underneath)2-seed: (eight underneath)Three-seed: (7 underneath)Four-seed: (6 underneath)5-seed: (5 underneath)Seeds 6-10: (Four underneath)Seeds 11-15: (Three underneath)Seeds 16-20: (2 underneath)Seeds 21-25: (1 underneath)Seeds 26-30: (par)
FedEx Cup payouts 2020
The winner of the 2020 FedEx Cup stands to make an outrageous sum of cash, even by PGA Tour requirements. In 2019, Rory McIlroy earned $15 million in prize cash for profitable the Tour Championship: the single-highest payout in golf historical past.
The 2019 FedEx Cup purse was an absurd $70 million, which included a $10 million regular-season bonus pool awarded to the highest 10 golfers within the FedEx Cup Standings by means of the Wyndham Championship (the ultimate occasion of the season earlier than the playoffs). In all, the ultimate 30 golfers cut up $45 million over the Tour Championship.
(Full FedEx Cup cash distribution is obtainable right here).
Beneath is a full breakdown of the 2019 prize and payouts:
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