Tour announces changes to FedEx Cup

The FedEx Cup Playoffs will be revamped in 2019 with a new system and increased prize money, the PGA Tour has announced.

Tiger Woods hasn't won a tournament all season, but he still has a solid chance to cash in on a $10 million payday by winning the FedEx Cup this weekend at East Lake Golf Club.

Starting in 2019, whoever finishes the Tour Championship at the lowest aggregate total including the staggered bonus will be the tournament victor as well as the FedEx Cup champion.

Another surprise the model is projecting at the Tour Championship 2018: Thomas, last year's FedEx Cup champion, fails to defend his title and finishes outside the top three.

After hearing Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's chief tournament and competitions officer deliver a presentation on the changes, Casey said that he was receptive to the idea of the strokes-based scoring system.

The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that is making massive changes to the format of the Tour Championship next season, in an effort to "further fan engagement, understanding and drama". "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". 26-30 start at even par.

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The FedEx Cup began in 2007 with a $35 million bonus pool and four playoff events with $7 million purses. For Woods to win his third Cup, he'll have to win the tournament and hope that leader Bryson DeChambeau has an off week. Yet at the same time, we wanted to retain much of what we'e built over the previous 11 or 12 years, which is a system that identifies a player who's had a great year. 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.

"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. The first playoff event at the Northern Trust will feature 125 players with a cut down to the top 70 for the BMW Championship.

Also, Wyndham is kicking in $10 million to the top finishers in the regular season, which concludes at the Wyndham Championship. This year, Dustin Johnson had the most points in the regular season by 83 points over Thomas.

Despite earning nearly $5 million from 19 starts, Day feels his poor results at the majors - failing to finish inside the top-15 at all four of golf's biggest events - influenced his negative assessment.

Monahan said the victor of the FedEx Cup next year would make upward of $27 million, and he expected comprehensive player earnings to increase 12 percent, or more than $500 million.

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