FedEx Cup purse rising to $70m, winners share to $15m

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Prize money for the season-ending FedEx Cup victor will rise to $15m (£11.4m) in a revamp announced by the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour, along with FedEx and Wyndham, is changing the system for its yearlong points race and playoff format next season.

Under the current system that ends this week, points are reset going into the Tour Championship so that all 30 players have a mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup, and the top five only have to win the tournament to capture the $10 million bonus.

The first three playoff events gradually cut the field down to 30 for the final Tour Championship event, where only the top five in the rankings are guaranteed the overall Cup and $10 million prize with a win. For fans, it can be tough to follow both at once and even more confusing when the Tour Championship victor is different than the FedEx Cup champion.

"In fact, it's been a long time coming, and we've really looked forward to this day", PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said Tuesday during his state of the union address at East Lake Golf Club. "Fans are very familiar with golf leaderboards in relation to par, so they will have a clear understanding of the impact every shot makes during the final run for the FedEx Cup-ultimately leading to a singular champion without conflicting storylines".

The victor at East Lake will also claim the FedExCup.

Woods is now 20th in the FedEx Cup point standings, but every golfer in the field could potentially end the season by claiming the FedEx Cup. 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.

The FedEx Cup champion will now bank $US15 million, versus the $US10 million prize from previous years.

The tournament schedule will include the Ryder Cup (2036), PGA Championship (2031), Women's PGA Championship (2022 and 2027), Senior PGA Championship (2025, 2033), PGA Professional Championship (2029) and the Junior PGA Championship (Girls and Boys, 2024).

For the most part, Billy Horschel, who won the FedEx Cup after he won the Tour Championship in 2014 and some top-ranked players stumbled, likes the changes.

The top player in points at the end of the regular season will receive a $2 million bonus, with payouts going down 10 places to $500,000. Or a hockey game where the team that finished higher in the regular season received a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs.

Woods is still searching for that elusive 80th PGA Tour victory and his last win in the FedExCup Playoffs was at the 2009 BMW Championship. Additionally, each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level, unlocking all the travel perks and unique Wyndham benefits that go along with it. Just looking at this week's 30-person season finale, Rose, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are at the top of the betting. Then they showed us the data on how many people understand it, especially golf fans versus non-golf fans.

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