FedExplanation Understanding the Cup

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FedExCupThe PGA TOUR enters uncharted waters this week, as the first of four PGA TOUR playoff events gets underway.
 
The Barclays Classic at Westchester Country Club will commence the TOURs inaugural FedExCup playoffs. The series will include four tournaments, culminating with the TOUR Championship. The player with the most points accumulated after the Atlanta conclusion will be awarded a $10 million bonus, which is deferred to their retirement fund (which can't be accessed until they turn 45) and does not count on the Official Money List.
 
One-hundred and 44 players, who qualified via a season-long points list, will compete in the Barclays. The field size will be reduced to 120 for next weeks Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Event No. 3, the BMW Championship outside of Chicago, will have 70 participants. And the finale, the TOUR Championship, will be cut down to the final 30 points earners.
 
Points are not carried over from the regular season. Instead, each players year-long points total determines where he is positioned entering the playoffs.
 
For instance: Tiger Woods led the season-long FedExCup points list. He falls into the No. 1 position entering the playoffs, with a starting total of 100,000 points. Vijay Singh, No. 2 in the season standings, is No. 2 entering the playoffs with 99,000.
 
Here is a breakdown of where the top 10 players, as well as some notables, stand heading into the Barclays:
 
FedExCup Positioning

1. Tiger Woods 100,000

 
2. Vijay Singh 99,000

 
3. Jim Furyk 98,500

 
4. Phil Mickelson 98,000

 
5. K.J. Choi 97,500

 
6. Rory Sabbatini 97,250

 
7. Zach Johnson 97,000

 
8. Charles Howell III 96,750

 
9. Brandt Snedeker 96,500

 
10. Adam Scott 96,250

 
30. Stuart Appleby 93,250

 
70. Sean O'Hair 90,250

 
120. Matthew Goggin 86,500

 
144. Jeff Gove 84,700

 

 
And here is how the points are distributed for the four playoff events:
 
Playoff Points Awarded

First Three Events TOUR Championship

 
1. 10,300 9,000

 
2. 6,200 5,400

 
3. 3,900 3,400

 
4. 2,800 2,400

 
5. 2,300 2,000

 
10. 1,550 1,350

 
30. 395 340

 
Anyone inside the top 144 has a mathematical chance of winning; though, it won't be easy. In the TOUR's mock trial, no one higher than 13th won the Cup title.
 
While the winner will receive $10 million, second place will net $3 million. Overall, $35 million is being paid out to the top 150 players on the points list (yes, even six players not in the Playoffs will get paid). Whomever finishes 144th is guaranteed at least $32,000.
 
All monies earned via the FedExCup is in addition to what is earned from the event's purse. The winner of The Barclays will receive $1.26 million of official money, in addition to a big boost in claiming the $10 million prize.
 
Related Links:
  • FedExCup Playoff Points
  • FedExCup Final Regular Season Standings
  • Full Coverage - The Barclays Classic