The race for the FedExCup is like a series of qualifiers leading up to the big finale -- the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola -- in which all 30 who have survived the cuts following the PGA TOUR Season, The Barclays, the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship have an opportunity to win the FedExCup.
Just 125 players qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs and anyone who qualifies has an opportunity to take home the hardware at East Lake. The system does reward strong showings in the PGA TOUR Season, however. No one who entered the Playoffs outside the FedExCup top 20 has won the FedExCup under the current format (which dates back to 2009).
In that four-year span, 29 players have moved from outside the top 30 at the start of the Playoffs into the TOUR Chamionship field, giving those competitors an opportunity to win the FedExCup with a good week at East Lake. Just two of those competitors (Heath Slocum at 124th in 2009 and Kevin Na 102nd in 2010) qualified for the TOUR Championship after entering the Playoffs outside the FedExCup top 100.
Below is a look at the Playoff starting positions for each of the finishers 1-125 in the FedExCup standings since the current point system was instituited in the 2009 season.
Playoff starting positions for FedExCup finishers 1-125