Playoff format coming to Champions Tour in '16


Even the senior circuit has developed playoff fever. 

The Champions Tour announced Wednesday the creation of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, a three-event series that will determine the season-long champion. 

Two of the three tournaments are new events, beginning with the Oct. 28-30 PowerShares QQQ Championship in Los Angeles, which will feature a 72-man field. The field will be cut to 54 for the Nov. 4-6 Dominion Charity Classic, to be held at Richmond’s Country Club of Virginia James River Course, followed by the Nov. 11-13 Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the top 36 players in the points standings.

Like the FedEx Cup, the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will use a points system. A player’s earnings through the end of the regular season will be converted into points, and then double points will be available during the first two events. 

Points will be reset prior to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with the top five players in the standings able to take home the big prize with a win in the season finale, but all 36 players will have a mathematical chance.

The season-long winner will receive a $1 million bonus.

“Next year’s playoffs are an important component to further develop the Champions Tour brand and highlight where the legends of our game compete,” said Greg McLaughlin, president of the Champions Tour. “Our players are looking forward to next year’s schedule and this new playoffs format for the premier prize of the season.”

Also new next year is the June 24-26 American Family Insurance Championship, which will be hosted by Steve Stricker. The tournament will be held at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.