The FedEx Cup playoff final is here, and the top 30 head to East Lake. Here is a reminder of how the setup works for the Tour Championship.
We are here. Finally. It’s the final round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, as the top 30 golfers are heading to East Lake to play in the Tour Championship.
It’s different than any other event on the schedule, and any other one that you will see anywhere. FedEx Cup points don’t matter anymore.
That’s right. The thing that is so important throughout the entire year. They don’t matter.
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That’s because they have already been utilized. Player’s status within the top 30 has determined their starting point at the Tour Championship. Gone are the days where the winner of the Tour Championship and the winner of the FedEx Cup could be different. Like in 2018 with Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.
Instead, we see a setup that works better. It was received fairly well last year in it’s first go, and will continue on for the time being. The players will be given a score of anywhere from even to -10 to start with, depending on where they finished the season at.
With Dustin Johnson hanging on and getting second place, he was able to prevent Jon Rahm from jumping him in the standings. Due to that, Dustin Johnson will start at -10, whereas Jon Rahm will start at -8.
Justin Thomas, a leader for much of the year in the FedEx Cup Standings, is third and will start at -7. Arguably the most consistent player on Tour this season, Webb Simpson, will start in 4th at -6.
The PGA Champion from this year is next up, at -5. Morikawa will have some work to do, but he is on his own just five shots back. After him we have groups of five players at each score, heading from -4 to even.
Here is where the players start to get grouped together. We have a group of five players at -4, headlined by Beefy Bryson and Hideki Matsuyama.
Five more players sit at -3, headlined by Rory and Cheaty McCheaterPants… I mean Patrick Reed.
At -2, we see Mr. 59 Scottie Scheffler and the most powerful/smoothest swing on tour in Tony Finau.
A couple of Kevin’s star in the group at -1, with Kisner and Na. We finish out at even with a couple of young studs, Viktor Hovland and Cam Champ.
Remember to keep this in mind when you take a look at the leaderboard on Thursday. It’s going to be tough for anyone to catch Dustin Johnson, who has been playing some insanely strong golf lately. Crazy things happen in golf though, and it’s sure to happen during the finale of the FedEx Cup Playoffs this week at the Tour Championship.