The FedEx Cup points series was introduced to the PGA Tour beginning with the 2007 season. It is a seasonlong points chase in which golfers accrue points over the course of the year. The top point-getters at the end of the FedEx Cup series schedule advance into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and win bonus prizes from a large cash purse. Beginning with the 2013 season, the FedEx Cup points list also replaced the PGA Tour money list for determining which golfers keep their fully exempt status for the following year.
FedEx Cup Basics:
The basic structure of the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour is pretty simple:
- Each week golfers earn points for their finish in PGA Tour events; those points add up.
- At the end of the "regular season," the Top 125 on the points list move on to the "playoffs."
- The playoffs are a series of four tournaments culminating in the Tour Championship, after which the FedEx Cup points champion is crowned and awarded $10 million from a $35 million prize pool.
The other important things to note are that point values are quintupled in the playoff events, and are also reset prior to the Tour Championship.
Fed Ex Cup Regular Season:
The "regular season" of the FedEx Cup series stretches from Week 1 of the PGA Tour schedule to the Wyndham Championship in mid-August. The majors - The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship - are part of the regular season, as are the World Golf Championships events that occur between Week 1 and the Wyndham.
These "regular season" tournaments each offer a set amount of points, which golfers accrue. At the conclusion of the FedEx Cup regular season, those golfers with enough points advance into the playoffs.
Also, point values available in the playoffs are quintuple those available in regular-season tournaments. (For example, if finishing in X place was worth 300 points in the regular season, it will earn 1,500 points in the playoffs). Prior to the series-ending Tour Championship, the points are reset using a weighted formula; the reset gives everyone who makes it to the Tour Championship a shot at winning the FedEx Cup Series championship.
FedEx Cup Playoffs:
At the conclusion of the FedEx Cup regular season, the Top 125 golfers on the points list advance into the playoffs, a series of four tournaments culminating in the Tour Championship. After each week of the playoffs, the fields are cut, until only 30 golfers move on to the final event.
The four playoff tournaments are:
- The Barclays (125 golfers in the field)
- Deutsche Bank Championship (100 golfers in the field)
- BMW Championship (70 golfers in the field)
- Tour Championship (30 golfers in the field)
The cuts in the field each week of the playoffs are determined by ranking on the FedEx Cup points list. For example, following Week 1 of the playoffs, only the Top 100 on the points list advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The golfer atop to the points list following the Tour Championship is crowned the FedEx Cup champion.
FedEx Cup Winners:
Golfers to win the FedEx Cup championship are:
2013 - Henrik Stenson
2012 - Brandt Snedeker
2011 - Bill Haas
2010 - Jim Furyk
2009 - Tiger Woods
2008 - Vijay Singh
2007 - Tiger Woods
FedEx Cup Points and PGA Tour Eligibility:
Golfers finishing Nos. 1-125 on the FedEx Cup points list advance into the playoffs. But what about those PGA Tour members outside the Top 125? Golfers finishing Nos. 126-200 on the points list become eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals, which combines the Top 75 from the Web.com Tour money list with those PGA Tour golfers who failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Those 150 golfers compete over four tournaments, at the end of which the top money earners receive PGA Tour exemption status for the following season. The Top 25 on the Web.com money list are guaranteed PGA Tour cards going into the finals, however, and only another 25 golfers come out of the Web.com Tour Finals with PGA Tour status.
Moral of that story: Don't finish outside the Top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list.
For more information, including point standings, visit the FedEx Cup index on PGATour.com.