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OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW
FEDEXCUP 101

What you need to know

• The 2020-21 PGA TOUR Season marks the 15th edition of the FedExCup

• The FedExCup is a season-long points competition which culminates with the FedExCup Playoffs, a series of three events to determine the FedExCup Champion

• The top 125 players in the FedExCup standings are eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs with the three events featuring a progressive cut with fields of 125, 70 and 30

• The FedExCup Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship, features FedExCup Starting Strokes, a staggered, strokes-based system which represents the final FedExCup standings, recognizing players for their Regular Season performance, as well as their play in the first two FedExCup Playoffs events

• The total bonus pool for the FedExCup Playoffs is $60 million, with the FedExCup Champion earning $15 million

OVERVIEW

Established in 2007, the FedExCup is a season-long points competition offering unprecedented bonus money and culminating with the FedExCup Playoffs in August. Players vie to become the FedExCup Champion, which distinguishes the one player who not only performs well during the FedExCup Regular Season, but also excels through the pressure of the FedExCup Playoffs. Players to hoist the FedExCup trophy include Tiger Woods (2007 and 2009), Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Henrik Stenson (2013), Billy Horschel (2014), Jordan Spieth (2015), Rory McIlroy (2016 and 2019), Justin Thomas (2017), Justin Rose (2018) and Dustin Johnson (2020).

FEDEXCUP REGULAR SEASON 

The 2020-21 FedExCup Regular Season features 47 official FedExCup events beginning with the 2020 Safeway Open and running through the 2021 Wyndham Championship. TOUR members earn FedExCup points based on their finish at each tournament, with an emphasis placed on wins and high finishes.

FedExCup Points Distribution

• Official PGA TOUR events each award 500 FedExCup points to first place

• THE PLAYERS Championship, Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship and The Open Championship will award 600 FedExCup points to first place

• Each of the four World Golf Championships events and The Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will award 550 FedExCup points to first place

• Additional events (played the same week as a major or World Golf Championship) will award 300 FedExCup points to first place

FedExCup Points are awarded by finish position as defined in the point distribution tables. Limited field events during the FedExCup competition will not redistribute the points for places that do not play. For example, if the Sentry Tournament of Champions has a field of 30 players, the points awarded will be based on the points that would be awarded to each individual position in a full-field event from positions 1 to 30. This will result in the points that would have otherwise been awarded from positions 31–65 in a regular event not being awarded in the tournament.

Another example is the World Golf Championships–Dell Technologies Match Play, a 64-player field. In this limited-field event, points for positions 65 and beyond would not be awarded.

FEDEXCUP PLAYOFFS

At the conclusion of the season, the top 125 players in the FedExCup standings will be eligible to play in the FedExCup Playoffs, a series of three events over the month of August (prior to 2019, the FedExCup Playoffs included four events). Points earned during the FedExCup Regular Season carry over to the first two Playoffs events. Players will compete in the FedExCup Playoffs for their share of the $60 million total in bonus money, with the FedExCup Champion taking home $15 million

The FedExCup Playoffs feature a progressive cut, with fields of 125 for THE NORTHERN TRUST (Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey), 70 for the BMW Championship (Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Maryland) and 30 for the TOUR Championship (East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia), where the FedExCup Champion will be determined. In the event an eligible player is unable or chooses not to play, the field will be shortened and no alternates will be added. Points from the missing positions will not be awarded.

THE NORTHERN TRUST will cut the field to low 65 and ties after 36 holes, while the BMW Championship and TOUR Championship are no-cut events.

The first two Playoffs events award 2,000 points to the winner (quadruple points of Regular Season events), while the Playoffs Finale, the TOUR Championship, features a strokes-based system (FedExCup Starting Strokes) instituted for the first time in 2019. The player with the lowest total score will win the FedExCup and be credited with an official victory in the TOUR Championship competition.

The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par. The No. 2 player will start at 8 under. The No. 3 player starts at 7 under; the No. 4 player starts at 6 under; the No. 5 player starts at 5 under. Players 6-10 start at 4 under; players 11-15 start at 3 under; players 16-20 start at 2 under; players 21-25 start at 1 under; and players 26-30 start at even par.

At the TOUR Championship, the player with the lowest aggregate score over 72 holes when combined with his FedExCup Starting Strokes will win the TOUR Championship and also be crowned FedExCup Champion. The TOUR Championship win will be considered an official victory and the FedExCup Champion will also earn a bonus of $15 million and a five-year PGA TOUR exemption.

Other Notes

FedExCup points are distributed to players earning official money. Only players who are PGA TOUR Members or become members during the season will be listed on the FedExCup Points List. Special Temporary Members and Non-Members who earn FedExCup points will not appear on the FedExCup Points List, but will be tracked on a Non-Member FedExCup Points List. Amateurs will not be eligible to earn FedExCup points.

Points won by Non-Members and Special Temporary Members who subsequently become PGA TOUR Members during the season will be counted on the FedExCup Points List, along with any FedExCup Points earned as a Non-Member (excluding those won at World Golf Championships events as a Non-Member).

FEDEXCUP STARTING STROKES FOR TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP SEED
FEDEXCUP STARTING STROKES
1 -10
2 -8
3 -7
4 -6
5 -5
6-10 -4
11-15 -3
16-20 -2
21-25 -1
26-30 Even

POINT DISTRIBUTION FOR THE FEDEXCUP PLAYOFFS

POSITION POINTS POSITION POINTS POSITION POINTS POSITION POINTS
1 2,000 5 440 9 320 13 240
2 1,200 6 400 10 300 14 228
3 760 7 360 11 280 15 220
4 540 8 340 12 260 16 212

FEDEXCUP BONUS STRUCTURE

POSITION PAYOUT
1 $15,000,000
2 $5,000,000
3 $4,000,000
4 $3,000,000
5 $2,500,000
6 $1,900,000
7 $1,300,000
8 $1,100,000
9 $950,000
10 $830,000

TOUR TOP 10 BONUS STRUCTURE

POSITION PAYOUT
1 $2,000,000
2 $1,500,000
3 $1,200,000
4 $1,100,000
5 $1,000,000
6 $850,000
7 $700,000
8 $600,000
9 $550,000
10 $500,000