FedEx Cup Playoffs: Changes to 2019
The FedExCup Playoffs have undergone an overhaul for the 2019 PGA Tour, and with the playoffs heating up some fans might need a refresher. The first significant change to the postseason is the reduction of playoff events from 4 to 3, with the Dell Technologies Championship getting the axe. The FedEx Cup will also conclude earlier, ending in August before Labor Day. The new schedule will begin the same as the current format, with the top 125 FedEx Cup points leaders competing in the Northern Trust. The field will then be cut down to 70 for the BMW Championship and 30 for the Tour Championship. The drastic cut from 125 to 70 golfers adds more incentive for all eligible golfers to compete in the Northern Trust. All playoff events remain worth 4x the points of regular PGA Tour events, making the first event even more important as golfers look to make the cut for the BMW Championship.
The Tour Championship has also been changed considerably from its previous format. Previously, there was a reshuffle of FedEx Cup points before the final event to give all golfers a mathematical chance at winning the FedEx Cup, with each of the top 6 points leaders able to win the Cup outright with a Tour Championship win. Now, instead of a points reshuffle, golfers will begin the Tour Championship with a strokes-based bonus system. The FedEx Cup points leader will now begin the Tour Championship at -10, with the next four players starting between -8 and -5, respectively. Golfers ranked 6-10 in the standings start at -4, 11-15 start at -3, 16-20 start at -2, 21-25 at -1 while golfers 26-30 start at even par. This means that whoever wins the Tour Championship will be the official FedEx Cup Champion. This simplifies the standings and removes the chance of having separate Tour Championship and FedEx Cup winners. The FedEx Cup bonus will be increased to by $25 million to $60 million, with the winner’s share increasing 50% from $10 million to $15 million.