For years the PGA Tour had struggled holding the viewers interest and attention as the season wound down. The major championships were behind them and many players were taking events off to rest after the grind of a full season. With the exception of the Tour Championship no other event would generate the fields that drove PGA Tour gate attendance and television ratings.
How could the tour fix such a challenging problem? The PGA Tour brain trust got together and came up with a unique idea. If other sports can have playoffs why not the PGA tour? With that simple thought in mind the FedExCup Playoffs were born.
Since their inception the FedExCup has seen seven winners; Billy Horschel (2014), Henrik Stenson (2013), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Bill Haas (2011), Jim Furyk (2010), Tiger Woods (2007 and 2009) and Vijay Singh (2008).
How It Works
The players would all start even at the beginning of the season. As the season progressed the players would gather points based on finishing position in given events. Those points would be cumulative for the duration of the season thru the Wyndham Championship. At that point the top-125 players in the FedExCup standings would qualify for the season ending playoffs. The playoffs would consist of four tournaments ending with the Tour Championship.
The point values once in the playoffs are quintupled making larger jumps possible in this exciting format. During the playoffs the field size would be cut down until only the top-30 remain for the Tour Championship. 125 would start in The Barclays with the top-100 advancing to the Deutsche Bank Championship. The field is then reduced in size to 70 players for the BMW Championship and culminates with only the top-30 qualifying for the Tour Championship.
Once the field is set for the Tour Championship the points are reset using a weighted point system. By doing this the PGA Tour has ensured that all 30 players in the Tour Championship field can win the FedExCup title. The prize pool for the FedExCup Playoffs is an incredible $35 million with the champion taking home a check for $10 million.
The FedExCup prize pool does not replace the purse available in each event but rather is in addition to those prize pools. As an example Jim Furyk played an incredible up and down from the greenside bunker to win the 2010 FedExCup and took home $1.35 million for winning the Tour Championship and $10 million for winning the FedExCup. That meant that Furyk had a three foot putt for $11.35 million. That pressure and drama is exactly what the tour wanted.
2015 FedExCup Standings Entering The Barclays
Billy Horschel took home the hardware last year. Is this the year for Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy? One thing is sure, this is going to be interesting and some must see television is all but a guarantee.
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