Finchem: Tour to revisit FedEx Cup points structure


ATLANTA – The engraving will still be warm on the FedEx Cup on Monday when PGA Tour officials appear poised to take a hard look at how that player’s name arrived on the trophy.

Tour commissioner Tim Finchem confirmed on Tuesday during his State of the Tour press conference that the circuit plans to revisit the points structure for the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

“We like volatility, but is it too much volatility?” Finchem said. “If you have that much volatility in the first couple of weeks of the playoffs, does it throw that off a little bit? You want the season to mean a lot.”

Currently, playoff winners earn 2,500 points which is five times the number of points available at a regular-season event. But one member of the player advisory council told that the Tour is considering a formula closer to three or four times the regular-season totals in the future.

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The current system is particularly volatile for players inside the top 10 on the points list.

Rookie phenom Jordan Spieth, for example, began the playoffs eighth on the FedEx Cup points list, hasn’t finished outside the top 20 in all three playoff events and has dropped to 13th in points.

“I moved from eighth to 13th by getting 19th (Barclays), fourth (Deutsche Bank), and then 16th place (BMW),” he said. “So it's interesting. I mean, it just proves you've got to get top 3 (finishes) to move up anything at all.”

The Tour policy board is scheduled to meet in early November and Finchem said the change could be implemented before the end of this year.