What’s the FedEx Cup All About?
Justin Rose is the defending FedEx Cup champ but how did he get there and what’s the big deal? Well, first off, there is a ton of prize money being handed out which attracts the best golfers on the planet in a season-long points competition, which separates the FedEx Cup Playoff participants from those who will be watching on television just like the rest of us.
Established in 2007, the FedEx Cup awards points based on finishing positions in all PGA Tour events as well as World Golf Championships’ events. This is akin to the regular season and the winners’ points are as follows:
600 FedEx Cup points to the winner of the five Major PGA Tour events which includes: THE PLAYERS Championship, Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship (British Open).
550 FedEx Cup points to the winner of the four World Golf Championships (WGC) events which includes: the WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC Match Play, WGC Invitational, and WGC-HSBC Champions.
500 FedEx Cup points to the winner of PGA TOUR events played during the PGA TOUR Season with the exception of the five majors and the minors listed below.
300 FedEx Cup points to the winner of the minor PGA Tour events (played the same week as other tournaments).
FedEx Cup Playoffs
Okay, so at the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship in August, the regular season is over and now the boys and girls on the FedEx Cup committee need to crunch the numbers and determine the top 125 golfers in the world based on accumulated points in the official FedEx Cup standings. The Wyndham Rewards Top 10 Program doles out $10 million in bonus money to the top 10 FedEx Cup point-getters with a cool $2 million awarded to the Regular Season champion.
Now it’s time for the postseason and, unlike previous years, 2019 will feature three, as opposed to four, tournaments starting with The Northern Trust tournament. The winner will receive 2000 FedEx Cup points and the lowest 70 scores, along with ties, will move on to the second phase which is the BMW Championship. This is a no-cut event and the winner will receive the same 2000 FedEx Cup points, as did the winner of The Northern Trust tournament.
But now it gets a little funky in the third and final stage of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, called the TOUR Championship. The FedEx Cup points leaders after the first two Playoffs’ events will get varying handicaps to begin the TOUR Championship.
- No. 1 point-getter will start at 10 under par.
- No. 2 point-getter will start at 8 under.
- No. 3 point-getter at 7 under.
- No. 4 point-getter starts at 6 under.
- No. 5 point-getter starts at 5 under.
- Point-getters 6-10 start at 4 under.
- Point-getters 11-15 start at 3 under.
- Point-getters 16-20 start at 2 under.
- Point-getters 21-25 start at 1 under.
- Point-getters 26-30 start at even par.
Obviously, the leader after two rounds gets a huge boost, beginning the final tournament with a 10 under par advantage but once a winner is determined the money will rain. The FedEx Cup champ will get a $15 million bonus and a five-year PGA Tour exemption. Click the link for the FedEx Cup Playoffs odds at some of the best online sportsbooks and see our top three FedEx Cup Playoffs picks below:
- The Chalk: Brooks Koepka (2-1)
- The Pace Stalker: Justin Thomas (20-1)
- The Longshot: Jordan Spieth (60-1)