How it works: TOUR Championship
Starting Strokes, FedExCup bonus money for East Lake
August 26, 2021
By Staff , PGATOUR.COM
- August 26, 2021
- East Lake Golf Club, the site of the TOUR Championship. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
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."
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
First place in the FedExCup is $15 million. The runner-up will earn $5 million. Every player who makes it to East Lake will earn at least $395,000. Eight players will earn at least $1 million in FedExCup bonus money.
Every player who qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs will earn at least $100,000, while Nos. 126-150 in the final FedExCup standings all earn $70,000.
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 10 BONUS MONEY 1st place: $15 million 2nd place: $5 million 3rd place: $4 million 4th place: $3 million 5th place: $2.5 million 6th place: $1.9 million 7th place: $1.3 million 8th place: $1.1 million 9th place: $950,000 10th place: $830,000 11th place: $750,000 12th place: $705,000 13th place: $660,000 14th place: $620,000 15th place: $595,000 16th place: $570,000 17th place: $550,000 18th place: $535,000 19th place: $520,000 20th place: $505,000 21st place: $490,000 22nd place: $478,000 23rd place: $466,000 24th place: $456,000 25th place: $445,000 26th place: $435,000 27th place: $425,000 28th place: $415,000 29th place: $405,000 30th place: $395,000