The FedEx Cup is a relatively new addition to the PGA Tour having been introduced in 2007. However, it has become one of the most important competitions and is currently the season closer. The Cup is actually a series of four tournaments contested by the top golfers in the current season. Therefore, the performance in the 33-week long PGA Tour is also taken into account when it comes to determining the golfers who will play in the FedEx Cup.
The FedEx Cup is based mainly on the points the golfers accumulate over the season. Their wins in the Majors and other tournaments contribute not only towards their Official Golf World Ranking, but also their seeding for the FedEx Cup. There are four levels to the points system, namely:
- Official PGA Tour Events – The winner earns 500 points
- Major Championships – The winner earns 600 points
- World Golf Championships – The winner earns 550 points
- Additional Tournaments – The winner earns 300 points
Once the season concludes in mid-August, the official PGA Tour points’ standings are used to determine the standings for the FedEx Cup playoffs. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Tiger Woods led the standings, having accumulated 3,059 points from the 12 events he took part in. Matt Kuchar was a distant second with 2,293 points despite playing 19 events.
The FedEx Cup carries with it a bonus purse of $35 million. The prize money for the tournaments this year is $32 million, which means that the total purse is $67 million. The winner pockets $10 million while the player ranked 125 receives $70,000.
There are four stages of the FedEx Cup, with week-long tournaments taking place. The format is progressive, with a certain number of players eliminated at each stage. Before the final tournament, the 30 players remaining in the contest are seeded.
The four stages of the FedEx Cup are:
- The Barclays (New York) – Top 125 Players
- Deutsche Bank Championship (Boston) – 100 players
- BMW Championship (Chicago) – 70 players
- Tour Championship by Coca Cola – 30 players
The Barclays was won by Adam Scott as two of the players who qualified for the tournament withdrew. Of the 123 that took part, 74 progressed to the next round. The Deutsche Bank Championship was won by Henrik Stenson. All 100 players who qualified for the tournament took part. The BMW Championship that is currently in progress will determine the final points and the seeds. Then, the tournament will enter its final stage, i.e. the Tour Championship that starts on Thursday September 19th at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
At this stage, it is difficult to predict who will triumph once the FedEx Cup ends. The picture will become clearer after the BMW Championship concludes by the end of this week. Of the 30 players who make it to the last round, the top five have the best chance of securing the title. Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson are in a strong position having won a tournament each. Stenson, in particular, is in the driver’s seat, as he is currently at the top of the standings.
Regardless of who wins, the two tournaments to be played over the coming weeks are bound to be interesting and exciting.