Weekly Golf Preview - Tour Championship | Portugal Masters

Doug Mendoza
September 22, 2018

Only the leading 30 players in the FedExCup standings are eligible to feature at East Lake, with all of those in the field still in with a mathematical chancing of ending the campaign with the $10m jackpot. The most eye-opening change concerns the FedEx Cup playoff-concluding Tour Championship, with top players carrying strokes-gained bonuses into the event. While the points structure for the first two events will remain the same (awarding quadruple points compared to FedExCup Regular Season events), there will be a significant change to the format for the TOUR Championship.

As reported in August by The Associated Press, beginning next season, the FedExCup victor will be determined exclusively based on the outcome of the Tour Championship, and players will start the week at East Lake with a predetermined total based on their position on the points list.

Under the current system, FedEx Cup points won throughout the season are partly reset before the Tour Championship begins, so that all 30 players theoretically can win.

In addition, a new $US10 million regular-season prize pool has also been created to reward the top-10 points scorers on the FedEx standings. Xander Schauffele held on to win the tournament, but Justin Thomas took the FedEx Cup trophy to cap a breakout season.

If the new format were in play this week, No. 1 Bryson DeChambeau would begin the tournament at 10 under.

The FedExCup play-offs will also be reduced from four events to three, with the Dell Technologies Championship removed from the schedule.

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"Win The Tour Championship and you are the FedExCup Cup champion".

The top 125 players after the Wyndham Championship will compete in The Northern Trust, with 70 qualifying for the BMW Championship and the traditional top 30 contesting the title-deciding Tour Championship.

DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau and Justin Thomas will win the FedExCup loot should they triumph at East Lake, while others in the mix need a certain set of circumstances to go their way.

"I'm in a position where I want to win this golf tournament and I can keep it as simple as that", he said. Or a hockey game where the team that finished higher in the regular season received a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs. The top 10 are expected to average just over $12 million, and the top 50 players will earn more than $5 million in earnings and bonuses.

It has also nailed four of the past eight majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods' deep run in the PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot.

Two weeks ago, in the most recent playoff event at the BMW Championship, Rose lost to Keegan Bradley in sudden death.

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