A Look at the Top 10 in the FedEx Cup Standings

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Jan 27, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; A general view of FedEx Cup signage framed by an ocotillo cactus during a practice round at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

We are a month away from the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which begins on August 27th at The Barclays. The FedEx Cup is the championship trophy for the PGA TOUR, which was first started back in 2007.

The PGA TOUR season goes from October to the first half or August, with each tournament being an opportunity for golfers to earn FedEx Cup points, which vary from tournament to tournament. In order for golfers to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, they must be within the top 125 of the FedEx Cup rankings. The top 125 golfers also retain their PGA TOUR cards for the next season.

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The Playoffs consist of four tournaments: The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship, and Tour Championship.

The number of points for winning each playoff event is 2,500 points, which is five times the amount of a regular season tournament. The points won in each playoff event are added to the regular season totals. Once they reach the final event of the Tour Championship the point totals are reset.

Following each playoff tournament, the field of 125 gets cut down. The Barclays starts with all 125 golfers that made the playoff, then it is reduced to the top 100 in points for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the top 70 golfers make it to the BMW Championship, and then the top 30 golfers make the final event,  the Tour Championship.

The winner of the playoffs wins the FedEx Cup and a nice payday of $10 million.

The other importance of the FedEx Cup standings is that it determines who will be representing the United States in the upcoming President’s Cup. The top 10 U.S. players who earn the most official FedExCup points, beginning with the 2013 BMW Championship through the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship, with points earned in 2015 being doubled.

So without further adieu, let’s take a look at the top 10 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings enter the RBC Heritage (July 23).

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