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Playoffs in '08 will take break for Ryder Cup

The solution was pushing the U.S. Tour Championship behind the Ryder Cup. That means a two-week break in the playoffs for those who don't make the Ryder Cup teams, and a chance for those who do make the team to be fresh.

"It's a shame they didn't think of this before," Azinger said. "They wouldn't have had to go through the headache of getting it right."

The rest of the FedEx Cup remains relatively unchanged for now.

The field size for the playoff events again will be 144 players at The Barclays, 120 players at the Deutsche Bank Championship, 70 players at the BMW Championship and 30 players qualifying for the U.S. Tour Championship.

Several players lobbied to make the playoffs more volatile, giving more players a chance at winning the $10 million (6.9 million) prize. There was little movement at the top of the standings, and those toward the bottom had little chance to move up barring a victory.

But there was strong sentiment in Monday's board meeting that for the first year of a revamped system, it worked well enough not to rush into massive changes. Finchem said the board would continue to look at ways to tweak the playoff points, although the regular season would not change.

One change was how to pay bonus money.

Woods and Mickelson were among those who wanted to be paid up front, instead of having the bonus money put into a deferred account that players could access at age 45. Starting next year, the top 10 players in the FedEx Cup standings will get most of their money in cash, and some of it deferred.

The winner, for example, will get $9 million (6.2 million) in cash and $1 million (690,000) placed into his retirement fund. The bonus money will all be deferred for those finishing out of the top 10.

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