Tour announces changes to FedEx Cup

Seamus Power

Seamus Power

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.

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

Instead of maintaining the point race after the BMW Championship, the golfer with the most FedEx Cup points will start the Tour Championship at 10-under par, the player with the second-most points will begin at 8 under and so on.

Next year, the points leader going into the Tour Championship will start with a 10-under-par score, while the next four players will start at eight-under through five-under, respectively.

The bottom line is that PGA Tour members are playing for even more money.

The PGA Tour, along with FedEx and Wyndham, is changing the system for its yearlong points race and playoff format next season.

The victor is determined by his score to par, not his 72-hole score.

This goes on until the player at 30th starts on even par.

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Keegan Bradley, the victor of the BMW Championship two weeks ago who enters this week ranked sixth on the FedEx Cup point line, said, "It will make for interesting viewing for sure". "And, of course, the 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". Golf's sanctioning body announced changes to its FedEx Cup playoffs in an effort to "further fan engagement, understanding and drama of FedEx Cup". It's just that pros at this level don't often play in net tournaments.

Bill Haas at No. 25 had the lowest seed of any FedEx Cup victor when he won in 2011.

The governing body revealed there would be a bonus system based on strokes that will take effect at the Tour Championship next year and the Playoffs will be reduced from four tournaments to three.

The other big change was the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 program, which pays out $10 million to the top 10 players in the regular season. This year, Dustin Johnson had the most points in the regular season by 83 points over Thomas.

PGA Tour regulations stipulate that a player in violation of the policy is subject to a "Major Penalty, " which can include a minimum fine of $20,000 and a suspension of at least three tournaments.

Now that the 2018 Tour Championship field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising.

Monahan, who said the Tour considered many format changes, said he loves the beauty of the simplicity of the scoring at the playoff final.

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