FedEx Cup: PGA Tour announces Tour Championship revamp for 2019

Seamus Power has been rescued by his short game but believes his driving can improve to the required standard

Seamus Power has been rescued by his short game but believes his driving can improve to the required standard

The FedEx Cup began in 2007 with a $35 million bonus pool and four playoff events with $7 million purses.

"Every time I have ever come here, the scenario is like you've got to do this and he's got to do that, and you can win, but you won't win", Casey said in the practice area at East Lake Country Club.

Prize money for the season-ending FedEx Cup victor will rise to $15m (£11.4m) in a revamp announced by the PGA Tour. The 2018 Tour Championship odds board has been changing all week, but Justin Thomas has remained on top at 8-1 despite a wrist injury suffered in the final round of the BMW Championship.

"We're just going to kind of see how it unfolds, and hopefully it turns out well".

We're quickly nearing the start of the 2018 Tour Championship, the fourth and final event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The idea behind the change is to ensure that the victor of the Tour Championship also wins the overall FedEx Cup, removing the whole "ahead on points" strangeness and, theoretically, making the entire process much more understandable for the casual fan.

But PGA Tour executive Andy Pazder said Tuesday that the tour and Spieth have "come to a resolution" over how the three-time major victor would atone for having violated a tour policy by failing to play in 25 events this season. "And, of course, the players will know exactly where they stand at all times while in play, which will ratchet up the drama, outcome and volatility of the competition down the stretch".

As for the playoffs, they start with a 125-man field at The Northern Trust, and the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship before the field is trimmed to 30 players for the Tour Championship.

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But the PGA Tour is hoping to generate similar drama regardless of which player is in the hunt.

In essence, the problem with the current format is that the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup are being contested at the same time.

Each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level.

First place gets $2 million, second $1.5 million and so on to $500,000 for No. 10.

With the implementation of this change, the player with the lowest total score will be the FedExCup Champion and be credited with an official victory in the TOUR Championship competition.

The Atlanta course became the annual stop for the Tour Championship in 2004.

It has also nailed four of the past eight majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods' deep run in the PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot.

The PGA of America is bringing its biggest championships to Congressional over the next two decades.

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