PGA Tour makes big changes to playoffs

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

The top 30 players in FedEx Cup points tee up for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Also, significantly more money will be put into the points race and playoff format, with the victor to receive a $15 million bonus starting next season. Instead of everyone starting the first round on the same score, the No. 1 seed starts at 10-under par, with the No. 2 player at 8 under, then 7 under, 6 under and 5 under.

Almost three months after the PGA Tour ended another run outside golf-rich Washington, the PGA of America announced an agreement for the club to host the Women's PGA Championship twice, the Senior PGA Championship twice, the PGA Championship (2031) and the Ryder Cup (2036). The FedExCup Champion will receive $15 million, versus the $10 million prize from previous years. The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that is making massive changes to the format of the Tour Championship next season, in an effort to "further fan engagement, understanding and drama".

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.

As reported in August by The Associated Press, beginning next season, the FedExCup victor will be determined exclusively based on the outcome of the Tour Championship, and players will start the week at East Lake with a predetermined total based on their position on the points list.

With the implementation of this change, the player with the lowest total score will be the FedExCup Champion and be credited with an official victory in the TOUR Championship competition.

One of the concerns is essentially handicapping the field for the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to do something that no-one has ever done, which is pretty cool", the 2016 US PGA champion added.

The course in Maryland has hosted four major tournaments, the U.S Open on three occasions and the US PGA Championship once.

The new $10 million regular season program, which is sponsored by Wyndham Rewards, is created to keep players and fans interest throughout the regular season at events such as the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas and the Charles Schwab Challenge at Fort Worth's Colonial Country Club.

Rose, however, is not thinking about what scenarios need to play out in order for that to happen. ". We think this is a significant step forward for the PGA TOUR".

Big changes are coming to the Wyndham Championship in 2019.

"We're just going to kind of see how it unfolds, and hopefully it turns out well".

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