The FedEx Cup Explained
In 2007, the PGA TOUR enters a new era in golf with an exciting season-long points competition called the FedExCup. This competition, spanning 37 weeks, will dramatically change the PGA TOUR, offering fans a new competitive element while giving the sport a more defined “season.”
The PGA TOUR season will now be divided into two parts:
PGA TOUR Regular Season (33 weeks)
PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup (4 weeks)
• PGA TOUR Fall Series
PGA TOUR Regular SeasonThe Regular Season will consist of 36 events in 33 weeks from the beginning of January to the middle of August. Players will accumulate FedExCup points which will determine their seeding for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCupThe Playoffs will consist of four events between late-August and mid-September. These four events will determine the winner of the FedExCup. In addition, the top 30 finishers will be guaranteed exemption for the following year.
PGA TOUR Fall SeriesBetween late September and early November, a Fall Series of seven tournaments will be conducted to finalize the following year’s eligibility for players who do not finish in the top 30 of the FedExCup. Players will vie for positions 31-125, based on final season earnings.
PGA TOUR Regular Season FedExCup PointsOfficial PGA TOUR events played during the Regular Season will award 25,000 FedExCup points. More points will be allotted to certain events:
• The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship will award 27,500 FedExCup points.
• World Golf Championships events will award 26,250 FedExCup points.
How Points are Distributed
In every event, points are distributed to all players earning official money with exception of those who are not PGA TOUR members. Only players who are regular members as defined by PGA TOUR tournament regulations will be eligible to earn points. Special temporary members and amateurs will not be eligible to earn FedExCup points. Points that would have otherwise been earned by non-members or special temporary members will not be awarded. For example, if a non-member finishes third at an event and a regular PGA TOUR member finishes fourth, the PGA TOUR member will receive fourth place points -- third place points will not be awarded at all.
All players who are not PGA TOUR members but choose to join during the season will be eligible to earn points on a prospective basis. Points are not awarded retroactively. For example, if a non-member wins a Regular Season event and then chooses to join the membership, he will earn points for all events going forward in the season, but not for the event he just won.
This table shows the specific number of FedExCup points awarded to each position in a standard Regular Season event.
Additional events played during the Regular Season will award 12,500 FedExCup points. Additional events are those that are played the same week as the World Golf Championships and British Open.
How The Playoffs WorkAt the conclusion of the Regular Season, each player’s points total determines his position, or “seed,” going into the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. All points will be “reset” for the Playoffs, as shown below. The top 144 players will be eligible.
PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCupThe Playoffs will constst of four events:
The PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup will feature a progressive cut through the first three events to determine the final 30 players who will qualify for THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, where the FedExCup Champion will be determined. The Barclays opens the Playoffs with 144 players, followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship with 120 and the BMW Championship with 70.
FedExCup Points in the Playoffs
All Playoff events will award 50,000 total points, as shown below. The final Playoff event,THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, awards slightly more points per position due to the smaller 30-player field.
FedExCup Bonus Structure
The FedExCup will award a total of $35 million in bonus money at the conclusion of the Playoffs including $10 million to the FedExCup Champion, the largest single bonus payout in sports.
For more information about the FedExCup, visit www.fedexcup.com