Understanding the FedEx Cup Playoffs

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The FedEx Cup Playoffs is a series four tournament that determines the overall champion of the PGA Tour season. The winner receives  for a $35 million winning bonus, while a further $32 million is up for grabs for the remaining golfers. It began in 2007 as a way to bring the playoff format to golf, and involves four tournaments: The Northern Trust, Dell Technologies Championship, BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. Entry into these events is determined by the accumulation of points throughout the season. Points are awarded based on where golfer's finish in each PGA Tour event, with the winners of standard events taking home 500 points, while each major winner takes home 600 points and World Golf Championship events award 550 points. 


Playoff Events

The playoffs serve to narrow the field with each event and provide an exciting end to the golf season. The first FedEx Cup playoff event, The Northern Trust, takes place August 23-26 at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. This event accepts the top 125 FedEx Cup points leaders following the end of the regular season. For the playoff events, the point totals awarded to golfers are much higher than throughout the regular season, with first place receiving 2,000 points. These points are added to each golfers accumulated points total from the regular season tp determine the final standings. Following the Northern Trust, the top 100 point leaders compete in the Dell Technologies Championship at the TPC Bostons August 31-September 3. The field of golfers is then culled to 75 who compete in the BMW Championship in Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. And finally, the top 30 point leaders following the BMW Championship compete in the Tour Championship to determine the FedEx Cup champion. This year’s Tour Championship takes place at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club and will occur in mid-September. 





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