The 2018 PGA Tour season wraps up with golf’s FedExCup playoffs, which conclude with the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
But how exactly does the PGA Tour’s playoff system work, and how do golfers qualify?
During the season, golfers are awarded points based on their performance in PGA Tour events. Winning and placing highly in tournaments yields a player a higher amount of points. The amount of points players are awarded depends on the event.
The winner of an official PGA Tour event is awarded 500 FedExCup points. Winning the Masters, Players Championship, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship awards 600 points. World Golf Championship events each award 550 points to winners. Any additional events played during the FedExCup competition (i.e. those played during the same week as a major tournament or WGC event) awards 300 points to the winner. For more details, check out the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs 101.
Once the PGA Tour season concludes, the top 125 players (and ties) in the FedExCup standings qualify to compete in the playoffs. A progressive cut is featured through the first three tournaments to determine the 30 players eligible for the final event, the Tour Championship.
After the first tournament, the field is cut to 100 players (and ties), then after the second tournament it’s cut to 70 players (and ties), before the final 30 advance to the final tournament. The FedExCup points of those 30 players are reseeded in order to level the playing field before the championship. The points earned from the Tour Championship are then added to the reseeded total and the golfer with the most points wins the FedEx Cup.
Simple, right? Here’s a look at the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoff schedule and current point standings.
PGA Tour FedExCup playoff schedule
Here’s the schedule for the PGA Tour’s four playoff tournaments, culminating with the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
|The Northern Trust||Ridgewood CC, Paramus, N.J.||Aug. 23-26|
|Dell Technologies Championship||TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.||Aug. 31-Sept. 3|
|BMW Championship||Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, Pa.||Sept. 6-9|
|Tour Championship||East Lake GC, Atlanta||Sept. 20-23|
2018 FedExCup standings
Here are the final FedExCup standings after the Tour Championship: