Kirk, Horschel in line for life-changing bonus


Chris Kirk enters the Tour Championship No. 1 in the FedEx standings and will win the FedEx Cup with a win at East Lake.

A nonstop FedEx Cup schedule may not be ideal for anyone – not players, not fans, not media – but the reward at the end will be just as sweet. 

Especially for the players whose lives could change with the $10 million bonus.

It’s easy to forget that not everyone on Tour has had the careers of Jim Furyk ($61.2 million) or Sergio Garcia ($37 million). Of the 29 players in this week’s Tour Championship, 11 have not yet amassed $10 million in on-course earnings. That group includes Nos. 1 and 2 on the recently updated FedEx Cup list, Chris Kirk ($9.4 million) and Billy Horschel ($7.9 million).

Since 2007, the only FedEx Cup champion who didn't already have $10 million in on-course PGA Tour earnings was Bill Haas (2011). 

The player with the most to gain this week at East Lake is Morgan Hoffmann, who entered these playoffs at No. 124 in points. He’s all the way up to No. 21 after two top 10s in three weeks, and now he has an outside chance of claiming the end-of-season prize. He has earned $2.4 million during his first two seasons on Tour. 

Russell Henley and Brendon Todd, Nos. 20 and 27, respectively, also could be in line for life-changing weeks, as both have earned "only" $4.3 million during their PGA Tour careers.

The other six players whose Tour earnings have not yet eclipsed $10 million: Gary Woodland ($8.7 million), Martin Kaymer ($8.1 million), Jordan Spieth ($8.1 million), Patrick Reed ($6.1 million), Cameron Tringale ($5.8 million) and Hideki Matsuyama ($3.3 million).