FedEx Cup scenarios: How your favorite player can win the $10 million bonus

Wednesday September 20th, 2017
2:39 | Tour & News
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Thirty golfers are bringing home some major cash this weekend, although some have a better opportunity to cash in the big prize of $10 million than others.

The FedEx Cup hands out a total of $35 million in bonuses, and everyone in the top five will get at least $1 million (not including the money they get for their finish in the Tour Championship, which boasts a $8.75 million purse).

But how can each player win the $10 million? It's much easier for some than others, and for many it includes quite a bit of math. The whizzes at the PGA Tour crunched the numbers, and here's a handful of notables. To see scenarios for every player, click here.

Rickie Fowler needs to win and then get some help to hoist the FedEx Cup.
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Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas/Dustin Johnson/Marc Leishman/Jon Rahm

What they have to do: Win! That's it. (They still have a chance if they don't win at East Lake, but it depends on where others finish.)

Rickie Fowler

What he has to do: Win and have Spieth finish T-2 or worse. Fowler can also finish second at the Tour Championship and still have a chance.

Hideki Matsuyama

What he has to do: Win and have Spieth finish in a three-way tie for second or worse and have Thomas finish T-2 or worse.

Brooks Koepka

What he has to do: Win plus have Spieth finish in a three-way tie for third or worse, Thomas third or worse, Johnson T-2 or worse and Leishman second or worse.

Matt Kuchar

What he has to do: Kuchar needs to win at East Lake and then have Spieth finish in a three-way tie for sixth or worse, Thomas T-4 or worse, Johnson T-3 or worse, Leishman in a three-way tie for second or worse and Rahm T-2 or worse.

Jason Day

What he has to do: Win, plus have Spieth finish ninth or worse, Thomas T-4 or worse, Johnson T-3 or worse, Leishman in a three-way tie for second or worse and Rahm T-2 or worse.

Patrick Reed

What he has to do: Win, plus have Spieth finish 15th or worse, Thomas T-5 or worse, Johnson in a three-way tie for third or worse, Leishman T-3 or worse, Rahm in a three-way tie for second or worse and Fowler T-2 or worse.

Sergio Garcia

What he has to do: The Masters champ needs to win and then have Spieth finish T-19 or worse, Thomas in a three-way tie for fifth or worse, Johnson fourth or worse, Leishman T-3 or worse, Rahm in a three-way tie for second or worse and Fowler T-2 or worse.

Jason Dufner

What he has to do: It's a lonnnnng shot for Dufner, the last man in the event. He needs to win at East Lake and then have Spieth finish 29th or worse, Thomas in a three-way tie for sixth or worse, Johnson T-4 or worse, Leishman T3 or worse, Rahm in a three-way tie for second or worse and Fowler T2 or worse. So, yes, we're saying there's a chance, Duf!

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