Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tour announces changes to FedEx Cup

Tour announces changes to FedEx Cup

One of the concerns is essentially handicapping the field for the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake.

The Starting Strokes format was one of three key announcements made Tuesday during a news conference at East Lake with Monahan and Andy Pazder, Executive Vice President and Chief Tournament and Competitions Officer.

Currently, the Tour Championship has a points reset and five top seeds who can automatically win the FedEx Cup by hoisting the Tour Championship trophy.

The end to the FedEx Cup is great way to finish the PGA season, I can see Justin Rose finishing in real style and stamping down his authority as world number one.

The victor of the Tour Championship, based on the staggered scoring formula, will be credited with an official PGA Tour win even if he did not shoot the lowest score over 72 holes.

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"This is a significant and exciting change for the PGA TOUR, our players, our partners and - most importantly - our fans", said Monahan. And, of course, players will know exactly where they stand at all times while in play, which will ratchet up the drama, outcome and volatility of the competition down the stretch.

It makes sense that the PGA Tour would want to simplify the FedEx Cup points system, but stroke bonus system clearly still needs some fine-tuning.

Justin Thomas has played down an injury scare ahead of next week's Ryder Cup as he tries to become the first player to win back-to-back FedEx Cup titles. It can happen again this year but not going forward.

But the PGA Tour is hoping to generate similar drama regardless of which player is in the hunt. For Woods to win his third Cup, he'll have to win the tournament and hope that leader Bryson DeChambeau has an off week. No. 2 Justin Rose would be at 8 under, with No. 3 Tony Finau at 7 under, No. 4 Dustin Johnson at 6 under and No. 5 Thomas at 5 under.

The next five in the rankings will begin at four under par, with scores regressing by one shot for every five players until those ranked between 26th and 30th, who will start at level par.

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The 16-member Player Advisory Council and four player-directors were then instrumental in helping the TOUR officials shape the end result, with a format that was collectively agreed on. The FedExCup winner's share will have the largest increase, from $10 million to $15 million.

The prize money given to next year's FedEx Cup victor has been increased by $5million while those who perform well in the regular season will also benefit from a new incentive program.

The regular-season leader will receive $US2 million and $US1.5 million will go to second place, while 10th will still pocket $US500,000.

Following the Wyndham, the top 125 players advance to the Northern Trust via the same points system that is in place now. Two things kept popping up - the need for a singular focus for the season-ending event, and an easy-to-understand scoring system.

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