A new format for FedEx Cup brings clarity and curiosity

Saturday, 24 Aug, 2019

He closed with an even-par 72 in the BMW Championship and tied for 37th, nowhere near what he needed to move into the top 30 in the FedEx Cup and advance to the season-ending Tour Championship next week at East Lake.

In its place is a new system created to mimic the disparity in points with a strokes-based scoring plan that will see Thomas begin the tournament at the top of the scoreboard at 10 under par. The players will start in varied spots on the leaderboard depending on where they now stand on the FedEx Cup points list.

The next groups of five players in the standings will be at 4 under, 3 under, 2 under, 1 under and even par.

The total will regress by one stroke every five players until those ranked 26th through 30th start at even par. "We all know that". He has only played at East Lake twice in the past five years but finished T8 in 2016 and T9 in 2014. "You've got to play exceedingly well over the course of an entire season".

-Yes, JT can get hot and win tournaments in bunches, but in case you haven't noticed it is EXTREMELY HARD to win on the PGA Tour.

It is simply a different way to begin a tournament - which is really more than that. "It's not a tournament".

Paul Casey, defending FedEx Cup champ Justin Rose, 2012 FedEx Cup victor Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler and Kevin Kisner, Nos.

Ballots will go out to players Monday to vote on PGA Tour player of the year, and it would seem to be an easy choice.

McIlroy entered the FedEx Cup Playoffs in second place behind Koepka two weeks ago, but has slipped to fifth in the standings after the first two events. He also played in the Presidents Cup in 2007, earning a half-point in his four matches at Royal Montreal.

The No. 1 player in the world fell out of the No. 1 slot in the FedEx Cup standings following the BMW Championship, where he finished 24th.

"I got on the green, I looked, and I'm like, Holy cow, there's a lot of people out there", he said.

"I'd be totally elated to win and happy and feel like I did what I set out to do", Cantlay said. "It's the same nerves". Along with his PGA Championship title, he was runner-up at the Masters and U.S. Open, and tied for fourth in the British Open. He won the WGC-FedEx.

Trump - who said during his campaign that he wouldn't have time to play golf during his presidency - has already spent 221 days since his inauguration at one of his golf courses, according to NBC News.

"The year that I won the FedEx Cup [2016] was the worst ranking I went into the playoffs with, " McIlroy said.

Justin Rose and Tiger Woods pose with their trophies following the 2018 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday, September 23, 2018. But, I was like, 'Man, I lost a golf tournament by one and I didn't birdie 18, a par 5.' And I felt like I should have won the tournament. Thank you so much for joining me here at RotoBaller this PGA season, I appreciate those of you that regularly read the column and support it through word of mouth and on social media.

And some critics would suggest it is simply a money grab.

Adam Scott, the former world No1, has labelled the Tour Championship "a big old exhibition with a pot of gold at the end" as the PGA Tour's season finale employs a weird scoring format to find the $15million (£12.3million) champion.

Brooks Koepka, United States - Despite winning four majors in the last three seasons, Koepka has never won in the playoffs.

"In past Tour Championships, guys from 15 to 30 had a chance to win the Championship but not really the FedEx Cup".

It is simply a way for the PGA Tour to put a bow on its long season. "But in this instance ... listen, like I said, [Trump] has been a great supporter of the Presidents Cup". "It's a way to wrap it all together, to crown a season-long champion".