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How the FedEx Cup Playoffs Work

This week marks the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs that consist of a series of three events to determine the FedEx Cup champion. The events take place over the next three weeks:

  • Aug. 10-13: FedEx St. Jude Championship (TPC Southwind – Memphis, TN)
  • Aug. 17-20: BMW Championship (Olympia Fields Country Club – Olympia Fields, IL)
  • Aug. 24-27: TOUR Championship (East Lake Golf Club – Atlanta, GA)
We’ve gathered some information to help understand how the playoffs work.

How do TOUR players earn FedEx Cup points throughout the season?

Official FedEx Cup events for the 2022-23 PGA TOUR regular season featured 47 tournaments beginning with the 2022 Fortinet Championship in September and ending with the 2023 Wyndham Championship last week. TOUR members earned FedEx Cup points based on their finish at each tournament. John Rahm is #1 on the list with 3320 points.

How many players qualify for the playoffs?

This year, the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings are eligible to play in the FedEx St. Jude Championship vs. 125 players in previous seasons. After the FedEx St. Jude, the Top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings will then advance to the BMW Championship. From there, the Top 30 will then advance to the TOUR Championship.

How are FedEx Cup points awarded during the playoff events

During the first two FedEx Cup Playoffs events, players receive quadruple points, so winners earn 2,000 points compared to 500 points during a regular season event. 

The TOUR Championship features FedEx Cup Starting Strokes as follows: The FedEx Cup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par. The No. 2 player will start at 8-under. The No. 3 player starts at 7-under; the No. 4 player starts at 6-under; the No. 5 player starts at 5-under. Players 6-10 start at 4-under; players 11-15 start at 3-under; players 16-20 start at 2-under; players 21-25 start at 1-under; and players 26-30 start at even par.

What’s at stake?

The top 70 players retain top-125 status for the following season, making them exempt for all full-field events and they receive a spot in THE PLAYERS.

Nos. 51-70 in the FedEx Cup – will carry FedEx Cup points earned in the regular season and at the St. Jude Championship into the FedEx Cup Fall, where they will try to earn one of the 10 spots available in next season’s first two Signature Events after The Sentry. Those spots will go to the top 10 players in the final FedEx Cup standings after The RSM Classic November 13 – 19, 2023.

The top 50 players are guaranteed access to all Signature Events for 2024. Each Signature Event will feature approximately 70-80 of the TOUR’s top players competing for elevated purses and increased FedEx Cup points.

The top 30 players receive a two-year exemption on TOUR, an invitation to the 2024 Masters and traditionally exemptions into the U.S. Open and The Open.

The FedEx Cup champion earns $18 million and receives a five-year TOUR exemption.  

The runner-up receives $6.5 million, and everyone at East Lake earns at least $500,000.

Not a bad payday! Who do you think will win this year?

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