Tour announces changes to FedEx Cup

Seamus Power has been rescued by his short game but believes his driving can improve to the required standard

Seamus Power has been rescued by his short game but believes his driving can improve to the required standard

He also said making up a 10-shot deficit at the start of the Tour Championship would be easier than winning the tournament while a host of other long-shot scenarios all fall into place.

If a player outside of the top five wins at East Lake, the FedEx Cup champion will be determined by a points formula.

Under the current system, FedEx Cup points won throughout the season are partly reset before the Tour Championship begins, so that all 30 players theoretically can win.

This is all set to change utterly following an announcement today by the PGA Tour which is to be implemented for the 2019 season.

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"Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity".

"We wanted to. address a concern that we've had for a number of years now, which is allowing our fans to engage at a much higher, much deeper level - and that has to start with them being able to follow the competition more closely than they have previously", Pazder said.

The 25-year-old revealed he suffered the injury during the delayed final round of the BMW Championship on September 10, when a closing 68 left him in a tie for 12th. The next four players will start at 8-under through 5-under, respectively.

The next five players will tee off at four-under, regressing by one stroke for every five players until those ranked 26-30 start at even par. You're going to have less confusion about who is going to win the tournament and who is going to win the FedEx Cup. "But you take these changes and you combine them with the new and improved schedule, and we think this is a significant step forward for the PGA Tour".

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Tiger Woods enters the week ranked 20th in the standings, so he'd need to win this week and get quite a bit of help to claim the cup at the end of the week.

The Atlanta course became the annual stop for the Tour Championship in 2004.

These changes include a simplified scoring system at the TOUR Championship that will determine the FedExCup Champion and a new $10 million program for the FedExCup Regular Season sponsored by Wyndham Rewards: the "Wyndham Rewards Top 10".

The victor is determined by his score to par, not his 72-hole score.

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If he fails, he would stand alongside Rory McIlroy (2012) and Jason Day (2015) as winners of two of the first three playoffs events without taking the big prize. The existing FedEx Cup bonus pool will be enhanced by $25 million to $60 million, with the victor receiving $15 million, up from $10 million which has been in place since 2007. The top-125 players after the regular season will advance to the Northern Trust, the top-70 after that tournament reach the BMW Championship and 40 more players will be lopped for the Tour Championship. The top 10 are expected to average just over $12 million, and the top 50 players will earn more than $5 million in earnings and bonuses.

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