FedEx Cup Changes: A new Tour Championship scoring system, an increase in prize money and a new regular season programme named the 'Wyndham Rewards Top 10'
PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan has unveiled big changes for next year's FedEx Cup. It includes an increased focus on the regular season with the “Wyndham Rewards Top 10” (sponsored by Wyndham Rewards) and a new simplified scoring system for the Tour Championship to determine the FedEx Cup Champion.
Here's everything you need to know.
From Four to Three events in FedEx Play-offs
Announced with the revealed schedule for the 2018-19 season earlier this year, the Dell Technologies Championship will no longer be a part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs as the four-event series is reduced to three.
The Tour Championship will finish on the 25th August in 2019, meaning the season will conclude before labour day - which allows the TOUR to compete to own the August sports calendar.
The field numbers will be as follows...
THE NORTHERN TRUST: 125 Players (August 08-11)
BMW Championship: 70 Players (August 15-18)
Tour Championship: 30 Players (August 22-25)
The points structure for the first two events will remain the same (awarding quadruple points compared to FedExCup Regular Season events), but there will be a significant change to the format for the TOUR Championship.
New System For Tour Championship
Instead of a points reset at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, beginning with the 2018-19 event the TOUR is instituting a strokes-based bonus system related to the FedExCup standings through the BMW Championship.
The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par. The next four players will start at 8-under through 5-under, respectively. The next five will begin at 4-under, regressing by one stroke per five players until those ranked Nos. 26-30 start at even par.
By the end of the tournament, the player with the lowest total score will be the FedExCup Champion and be credited with an official victory in the TOUR Championship competition.
This is a significant and exciting change for the PGA TOUR, our players, our partners and – most importantly – our fans,” said Monahan. “As soon as the TOUR Championship begins, any fan – no matter if they’ve followed the PGA TOUR all season or are just tuning in for the final event – can immediately understand what’s going on and what’s at stake for every single player in the field. And, of course, players will know exactly where they stand at all times while in play, which will ratchet up the drama, consequence and volatility of the competition down the stretch.
“Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity. 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 FedExCup – ultimately leading to a singular champion without conflicting storylines.”
This is what it would look like if it were to take place this year
|Player||To Par||Player||To Par||Player||To Par|
|6. Keegan Bradley||-4||16. Patrick
|7. Brooks Koepka||-4||17. Rory
Wyndham Rewards Top 10
There will also be a new $10 million program for the FedExCup Regular Season sponsored by Wyndham Rewards: the "Wyndham Rewards Top 10."
The aim is to put a larger emphasis on the regular season, adding drama to the final event (the Wyndham Championship) before the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The top-10 Regular Season finishers in FedExCup points through the Wyndham Championship – also sponsored by Wyndham Rewards – will reap the benefits of the Wyndham Rewards Top 10.
The leader will earn $2 million, followed by $1.5 million for the runner-up with the 10th-place finisher earning $500,000. Additionally, each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level, unlocking all the travel perks and unique Wyndham benefits that go along with it.
And while the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 will be recognized at the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship, the impact of the program will be felt throughout the season; a player’s performance every week becomes more critical than ever before, elevating the significance of each tournament on the schedule and producing drama for PGA TOUR fans at every turn.
“We are excited to unveil the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 next year, which will place an even greater premium on excelling over the course of the Regular Season,” said Andy Pazder, Chief Tournament and Competitions Officer for the PGA TOUR.
“Season-long success is tantamount to qualifying for and advancing through the FedExCup Playoffs, and this is an exciting way to reward the best of the best and provide an added layer of drama for our fans in each market and around the world.”
FedEx Cup: Big Increase In Prize Money
In addition to the $10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10, the existing FedExCup bonus pool will increase by $25 million, to $60 million. The FedExCup Champion will receive $15 million, an increase of $5million from the the $10 million prize from previous years.
“Our players and fans have invested in the FedExCup over the past 12 seasons, and with these enhancements, we are reinvesting in the FedExCup in order to raise the stakes, so to speak, for their benefit,” said Monahan.
“We are able to grow and diversify our fan base because we have the best athletes on the planet competing on the PGA TOUR. Now is the time to make these changes, and thanks to significant input in the process by our players, partners and fans, I believe we’re making exactly the right moves.
“To that end, these changes wouldn’t have been possible without the full support of the TOUR Championship’s outstanding Proud Partners – Coca-Cola and Southern Company – as well as longtime partner FedEx and an enhanced partnership with Wyndham Rewards,” he added.
“They shared our vision for how we can challenge ourselves to raise level of excitement and fan engagement throughout the season up until the moment our FedExCup Champion is determined.”