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FedEx Cup playoffs: World’s richest golf contest gets underway tonight

  • August 19, 2021
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The three-week PGA post-season tees off tonight as the world’s top 125 players contest in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The three leg playoffs will bring the 50-event season, the longest in PGA history, to a close the winner taking home $15 million.  Here are some stats to look out for:

Events

This year marks the 15th season of the playoffs. Three events are lined up:

Aug. 19-22 — The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club (Jersey City, New Jersey)
Aug. 26-29 — BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club (Owings Mills, Maryland)
Sept. 2-5 — Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club (Atlanta, Georgia)

Elimination

Though all three events are 72-hole stroke-play tournaments, the field will shrink gradually. The top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings after The Northern Trust move on to the BMW Championship. Then the top 30 after that move on to the Tour Championship where the winner will be crowned.

Prize Money

The winner of the Tour Championship will take home $15 million. A total of $60 million in bonus money is up for grabs in the playoffs. The top five players will earn as follows:

1. $15,000,000
2. $5,000,000
3. $4,000,000
4. $3,000,000
5. $2,500,000

Jon Rahm

Field

The Playoffs bring together the top 125 players over the 2020-21 season. Collin Morikawa is the top ranked player followed by Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Harris English and world number one Jon Rahm. Five top players will however not be at The Northern Trust having finished outside the top 125. These are former champion Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Dufner and Will Zalatoris.

History

Only two players have won the FedEx playoffs twice in the event’s 15-year history. Defending champion Dustin Johnson will be seeking to emulate the feat achieved by Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) and Rory McIlroy. Last year, Johnson became the first No. 1 seed to win the FedEx Cup since Tiger Woods in 2009.


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