How it works: TOUR Championship

Starting Strokes, FedExCup bonus money for East Lake
East Lake Golf Club, the site of the TOUR Championship. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

Here’s everything you need to know for the TOUR Championship, the grand finale of the FedExCup Playoffs where the winner will earn $18 million.


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Starting Strokes

The top 30 in the FedExCup standings following the BMW Championship will advance to the TOUR Championship, where the final leaderboard will represent the final FedExCup standings for the top 30 players. Stroke play will be used to determine the champion of the PGA TOUR’s season-long points race. To recognize players for their Regular Season performance, there will be a staggered start to the TOUR Championship utilizing Starting Strokes.

The FedExCup leaders will begin the event with a head start on the competition. The player who finishes the four rounds at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club with the lowest score in relation to par will win the FedExCup.

“As soon as the TOUR Championship begins, any fan – no matter if they’ve followed the PGA TOUR all season or are just tuning in for the final event – can immediately understand what’s going on and what’s at stake for every single player in the field," PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said when the changes were announced in 2018. "And, of course, players will know exactly where they stand at all times while in play, which will ratchet up the drama, consequence and volatility of the competition down the stretch."

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Here’s how the leaderboard will look like going into Round 1 at East Lake.

STARTING STROKES FEDEXCUP RANK
10 under No. 1
8 under No. 2
7 under No. 3
6 under No. 4
5 under No. 5
4 under No. 6 - No. 10
3 under No. 11 - No. 15
2 under No. 16 - No. 20
1 under No. 21 - No. 25
Even par No. 26 - No. 30

Payout

First place in the FedExCup is $18 million. The runner-up will earn $6.5 million. 

Every player who qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs will earn at least $120,000, while Nos. 126-150 in the final FedExCup standings all earn $85,000.

The FedExCup bonus money is the only money given for a player’s finish at East Lake. There is no longer a purse for the TOUR Championship. FedExCup bonus money is not considered part of a player’s official earnings for the season.

TOP 30 BONUS MONEY
Place Total
1 $18,000,000
2 6,500,000
3 5,000,000
4 4,000,000
5 3,000,000
6 2,500,000
7 2,000,000
8 1,500,000
9 1,250,000
10 1,000,000
11 950,000
12 900,000
13 850,000
14 800,000
15 760,000
16 720,000
17 700,000
18 680,000
19 660,000
20 640,000
21 620,000
22 600,000
23 580,000
24 565,000
25 550,000
26 540,000
27 530,000
28 520,000
29 510,000
30 500,000

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