The FedEx Cup Has Undergone A Drastic Revamp

Arnold Nichols
September 23, 2018

Prize money for the season-ending FedEx Cup victor will rise to $15m (£11.4m) in a revamp announced by the PGA Tour.

After the Wyndham Championship, the last tournament before the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs, the regular-season points leader will receive $2m (£1.5m) from a $10m fund shared among the top 10.

Gone will be the points reset that occurs following the BMW Championship and the guessing game that ensues with the various possibilities throughout the rounds.

The FedEx Cup has been the de facto Order of Merit tournament for the PGA Tour for over a decade. 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.

The changes were the end result after extensive research and feedback was received from the PGA TOUR members, media partners and the TOUR's 5,000-member fan council - an "important sounding board", Monahan said.

"Fans are very familiar with golf leaderboards in relation to par, so they will have a clear understanding of the impact every shot makes during the final run for the FedEx Cup, ultimately leading to a singular champion without conflicting storylines". The end of the year will also come with one single champion instead of a possible two.

The FedEx Cup began in 2007 with a $35 million bonus pool and four playoff events with $7 million purses. That may happen again. It was all over Bryson DeChambeau at the Dell Technologies Championship, projecting him as a top contender from the start despite being a 33-1 long shot. 26-30 start at even par.

It's a radical idea that makes sense on some levels but also throws traditional tournament play out the window. The FedExCup winner's share will have the largest increase, from $10 million to $15 million.

The Tour also announced an attempt to put more spice in the regular season by launching the $10 million "Wyndham Rewards Top 10".

First place gets $2 million, second $1.5 million and so on to $500,000 for No. 10.

"We are excited to bring major championship golf back to Congressional and to represent our country and the nation's capital as host of the 2036 Ryder Cup", said Bev Lane, the club president. The first playoff event at the Northern Trust will feature 125 players with a cut down to the top 70 for the BMW Championship.

Almost three months after the PGA Tour ended another run outside golf-rich Washington, the PGA of America announced an agreement for the club to host the Women's PGA Championship twice, the Senior PGA Championship twice, the PGA Championship (2031) and the Ryder Cup (2036).

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