With COVID-19 cancelling several PGA events, a shortened schedule, and a whirlwind of fall majors this year’s FedExCup is a bit more of a 100m dash than the marathon of consistency it’s typically known for. After a three-month hiatus that put the standings on standstill, the world’s best are now racing down the stretch to secure their spot inside the top 125.
What you need to know for the FedExCup
- Currently Justin Thomas leads the FedExCup standings, followed by Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson, and Bryson DeChambeau. The top Canadian is Nick Taylor at 37.
Some notable names Zach Johnson and Shane Lowry were on the outside looking in but fought their way in during last week’s Wyndham Championship.
Some players such as four-time major champion Brooks Koepka (No. 97), Jordan Spieth (No. 100) and Justin Rose (No. 109) were hoping to get closer to the top 70 in the FedExCup standings so they can become eligible for the BMW Championship but dropped both points and in the standings.
You can check the current FedExCup Standings here.
The playoff schedule is as follows:
- August 17-23: THE NORTHERN TRUST, TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts (Top 125)
- August 24-30: BMW Championship, Olympia Fields Country Club (North), Olympia Fields, Illinois (Top 70)
- August 31-September 7: TOUR Championship, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia. (Top 30)
How the FedExCup works
During the season players collect points based on their performance. Once the season ends, the Top 125 advance to the playoffs. Over three weeks of competition, there is a progressive set of cuts each week (from 125 to 70 to 30) that culminates in the TOUR Championship in Atlanta where the FedExCup Champion is crowned.
Since this is an abbreviated season, those who qualify for the first Fed Ex Cup playoff event, the Northern Trust, won’t also be guaranteed their tour card for next season. Typically, the 125-man field that qualifies for the first round of the playoffs also doubles as the benchmark for retaining tour cards, but due to the truncated season that won’t be the case.
The scoring in the final event, The Tour Championship, was tweaked last year, and by all accounts it worked better than the Tour’s previous attempts, so they’re sticking with it. To simplify things, the top-seeded player entering the final event starts the tournament at 10-under par, with the next four at 8-under through 5-under respectively, with the final players in the field –No. 26 through 30—starting at even par.