While most major professional sports have a playoff system, the PGA TOUR did not really have a playoff system prior to 2007. Beginning in the 2007 season, the FedExCup Playoff system was instituted.
Players earn points each week all season based on how they finish. Total points after the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship on August 17th determine who advances to the first event.
The FedExCup Playoffs take place over four weeks. The tournament sites are:
The Barclays – Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey
The field includes the top 125 FedExCup points leaders through the Wyndham Championship. The field is cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes.
Deutsche Bank Championship – TPC of Boston, Norton, Massachusetts
The field includes the top 100 FedExCup points leaders after The Barclays .The field is cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes.
BMW Championship – Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
The field includes the top 70 FedExCup points leaders after the Deutsche Bank Championship.There is no cut in the BMW Championship.
Tour Championship by Coca Cola – East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
The field includes only the top 30 FedExCup points leaders after the BMW Championship.
There is no cut in the Tour Championship by Coca Cola.
There are no alternates in the playoffs. If a player cannot compete the field is reduced.
Each tournament in the FedExCup Playoff series has a payout to those players completing 72 holes.
The total purses of the four playoff events is $ 32,000,000. In addition, there is a bonus pool for the season-long FedExCup points leaders of $35,000,000. The winner of the FedExCup receives $10,000,000 from the bonus pool. The balance of the bonus pool is paid to the top 150 FedExCup point leaders.
The winner of one of the FedExCup Playoff events receives a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. The winner of the Tour Championship by Coca Cola receives a three-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. The winner of the FedExCup receives a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR.
The top 5 leading career money winners from the FedExCup Playoffs bonus pool are as follows:
- Tiger Woods $25,275,000
- Jim Furyk $13,460,000
- Brandt Snedeker $11,548,000
- Vijay Singh $11,052,000
- Bill Haas $10,771,000
Interesting facts about the host clubs:
Ridgewood Country Club
- Founded in 1890 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
- The Course was designed by A. W. Tillinghast in 1929
- Byron Nelson once worked here as an Assistant Golf Professional
- Hosted the 1935 Ryder Cup
- Hosted the 1974 US Amateur Championship, won by Jerry Pate
- Hosted the 1990 Senior Open, won by Lee Trevino
- Hosted the 2001 Senior PGA Championship, won by Tom Watson
TPC of Boston
- Course originally designed by Arnold Palmer in 2003
- Course was re-designed by Gil Hanse and PGA TOUR player Brad Faxon
- Club is located 25 miles south of Boston in Norton, Massachusetts
Cherry Hills Country Club
- Founded in 1922
- Course designed by William Flynn (designer of Shinnecock and Merion)
- Club has hosted 3 US Opens and 2 PGA Championships
- Club hosted the 1990 US Amateur, won by Phil Mickelson
- Club hosted the 1960 US Open, won by Arnold Palmer
- Club hosted the 1993 US Senior Open, won by Jack Nicklaus
- Club hosted the 1941 PGA Championship where Vic Ghezzi defeated Byron Nelson 1 Up in the 36 hole final match
East Lake Golf Club
- Founded in 1898 as the Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in downtown Atlanta
- Within 4 years AAC had 700 members
- John Heisman, Georgia Tech football coach and namesake of the Heisman Trophy, directed AAC’s athletic programs
- The East Lake was AAC’s golf facility in a suburb of Atlanta called East Lake
- East Lake Course # 1, designed by Tom Bendelow, opened for play on July 4, 1908
- Donald Ross re-designed Course #1 in 1913
- Donald Ross designed Course # 2 in 1928. It opened for play on May 30, 1930.
- East Lake is the course where Bobby Jones learned to play golf
- Bob Jones’ father, “Colonel Robert P. Jones, served on East Lake’s Board of Governors for 38 years
- AAC sold Course # 2 in 1966 to developers and moved to Johns Creek, Georgia
- East Lake Country Club with Course # 1 began operating on its own in 1968.
- In 1970 the developers built East Lake Meadows on the site of old Course # 2. It was public housing project that became a center for poverty, drugs and violence.
- In 1993 the East Lake Foundation bought East Lake with a goal of restoring it as a tribute to Bobby Jones and the club’s other amateurs.
- The clubhouse was brought back to the original Philip Shutze design.
- Rees Jones restored East Lake Course # 1 to its original Donald Ross layout in 1994.
- East Lake hosted the 1963 Ryder Cup
- East Lake hosted the 2000 US Amateur, won by Bubba Dickerson
- In 1925 AAC member Watts Gunn defeated AAC member Bobby Jones in the US Amateur at Oakmont Country Club. This is the only time in history that two players from the same club played a match to decide a National Championship.
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