How Does the FedEx Cup Work?

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Posted August 28, 2012 by Golficity in News

We often hear our readers ask “how does the Fedex cup work?”  Let’s dive right into the details…

In 2007 the PGA TOUR entered a new era utilizing a season-long points competition that results in one winner at the end of the year.  Over 37 weeks, players can participate in 33 events every week leading up to the 4 “playoff weeks”.  The players with the most points at the end of the season advance to the Tour Championship for a winner take all FedEx Cup Trophy along with $10 million in prize money.

Here’s how players earn points:

The Regular Season consists of 33 pre-playoff events in which players will earn FedEx Cup points to make it to the playoffs.  These points will determine seeding for the playoffs.  This season, Tiger woods earned the most points (with 3 tour wins) leading into the first round of the playoffs (The Barclays) and he was seeded No. 1.  Official PGA TOUR events award 25,000 points spread over how the players finish; usually the winner of a weekly event wins 500 points.  The 5 major events award 27,500 points and the World Golf Championship awards 26,250.

How Does the FedEx Cup Work

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The Playoffs consist of 4 events between late-August and mid-September.  Players continue to earn points during the playoffs and the top 30 at the conclusion of the 3rd playoff event advance to the Tour Championship for a winner take all FedEx Cup trophy and cash prize.  Accrued points are wiped clean before the final tour championship event and each of the top 30 players is given a reset number of points based on their playoff rank – 2500 points for the #1 player down to 210 points for the #30 player.  This allows each of the top 30 players the opportunity to win the FedEx cup but still provides a significant advantage to the players who have achieved the highest ranks going in.  In addition to playing in the final event, the top 30 players in the Tour Championship will be guaranteed exemption for the following year.

All playoff events will award 50,000 total points and over $35,000,000 in prize money will be paid out – with $10 million going to first place.  This is the highest single bonus payout in sports.

In 2012, Brandt Snedeker chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole in the fourth round at East Lake to shut down a charging Justin Rose with a 2-shot victory.

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This year’s FedExCup Playoffs will kick off at New Jersey’s Liberty National Golf Course with the Barclays Tournament.

2013 FedExCup Playoff Schedule:

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2013 Playoff Event Location Date 2012 Winner Purse FedExCup Points to Winner
The Barclays Liberty National Golf Course August 22 – 25 Nick Watney $8 Million 2500
Deutsche Bank Championship TPC Boston August 30-Sept 2 Rory McIlroy $8 Million 2500
BMW Championship Conway Farms Golf Course September 12-15 Rory McIlroy $8 Million 2500
TOUR Championship East Lake Golf Course September 19-22 Brandt Snedeker $8 Million 2500
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