A Guide to the FedEx Cup

A Guide to the FedEx Cup

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The first PGA Tour
Playoffs for the
FedEx Cup are upon
us, and despite what
you may have heard,
the format is not
as complicated as
quantum physics.
For those who have
not been sweating
the details, here’s all
you need to know.

1. REGULAR-SEASON
POINTS

Players who make the cut in any
of the 36 events in the season’s
first 33 weeks earn FedEx Cup
points, although the amount of
points available differs in events
such as the majors.

2. PGA TOUR PLAYOFFS
After the last regular-season event, the Wyndham Championship, the top 144 players
on the regular-season points list
advance to a
four-week, four-tournament playoff.

3. THE RESET
At the start of the playoffs the points list is reset with
each player seeded according to his regular-season
finish. The reset gives the players who earned the
most points during the season
an advantage going into the
playoffs but bunches the
entrants, guaranteeing that
anyone in the 144-man field
has a mathematical chance of
winning the FedEx Cup. Still,
coming from far back won’t be
easy. In the Tour’s mock trials
no one seeded lower then 13th
in the playoffs won the cup.

4. PLAYOFF POINTS
In each of the four playoff
events 50,000 points
are up for grabs. At each
tournament a predetermined
number of players who have
accumulated the fewest points
are eliminated, so week by
week the field shrinks.

5. PRIZE MONEY
Each of the four playoff events has its own purse. In addition,
the top 150 players on the regular-season points list will
split a $35 million FedEx Cup pot, with the winner getting
$10 million, second place claiming $3 million
and the 144th-place fi nisher taking home
$32,000. Yes, oddly, six players who don’t
even qualify for the playoffs
will get paid.

6. PRIZE MONEY — THE CATCH
The players win money at each
playoff event, as usual, but the
FedEx Cup money is deferred. It
goes into their retirement accounts,
and they can’t access it until they turn
45. The player can choose to invest the
money, so it can grow over time. Once
a player elects to begin collecting, he’ll get
monthly payments for five years. Players can
defer payment until they turn 60 or play in
fewer than 15 events in a year.

Now you know how the playoffs work. We’ve also come up with six ways to make them better. (For starters, dump a truckload of cash on the first tee.)