FedEx Cup standings and the Playoffs: How does the season finale work?

The Wyndham Championship is the last event on the PGA Tour regular season before the FedEx Cup Playoffs start, but which players will qualify for the end-of-season finale?

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Fri, 5 Aug 2022
FedEx Cup standings and the Playoffs: How does the season finale work?

The FedEx Cup is a reflection of the most in-form players throughout the PGA Tour season and one winner will be crowned with a huge cash bonus at the Tour Championship.

The FedEx Cup season includes 47 events which began with the Fortinet Championship and will end this week at the Wyndham Championship. Official PGA Tour events award 500 points to first place.

The Players Championship, The Masters, the PGA Championship, the US Open and The Open all reward 600 FedEx Cup points to first place. WGC events, the Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament award 550 points to first place.

We are still yet to discover if Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones will be allowed back into the rankings following their involvement in the LIV Golf tour.

They are part of a group of 11 players who have defected to LIV Golf to file an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, attempting to overturn their suspensions.

How many players compete in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in August and what is each cut off?

After the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship, the top 125 players will progress to the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind in Tennessee. 70 players will progress to the BMW Championship after that at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware.

Just 30 players will progress from the BMW Championship to the Tour Championship at East Lake. It is worth noting that the FedEx St. Jude Championship has a 36-hole cut, whereas the other two Playoff events don't have a cut.

The first two Playoff events award 2,000 points to the winner. At the Tour Championship, the player with the most points accumulated will begin the event on 10-under-par. Here is a break down of what scores each player will start on based on their position in the points standings. This strokes-based system first began in 2019.

1. 10-under-par

2. 8-under-par

3. 7-under-par

4. 6-under-par

5. 5-under-par

6-10. 4-under-par

11-15. 3-under-par

16-20. 2-under-par

21-25. 1-under-par

26-30. Even-par

How much money is on offer with the FedEx Cup?

A grand total of $75 million will be distributed amongst the top 150 players of the FedEx Cup standings. The winner of the FedEx Cup in 2022 will receive $18 million, which is $12.5 million more than the runner-up.

Here is the purse breakdown of the top 30 players following the conclusion of the FedEx Cup in 2022:

1. $18,000,000

2. $6,500,000

3. $5,000,000

4. $4,000,000

5. $3,000,000

6. $2,500,000

7. $2,000,000

8. $1,500,000

9. $1,250,000

10. $1,000,000

11. $950,000

12. $900,000

13. $850,000

14. $800,000

15. $760,000

16. $720,000

17. $700,000

18. $680,000

19. $660,000

20. $640,000

21. $620,000

22. $600,000

23. $580,000

24. $565,000

25. $550,000

26. $540,000

27. $530,000

28. $520,000

29. $510,000

30. $500,000

Who is leading the FedEx Cup standings?

Having won four times this season, World No.1 Scottie Scheffler is the current leader. He is 1,221 points ahead of Cameron Smith who has won The Players Championship and The Open Championship in 2022.

Sam Burns, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, is in third place while Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, the winning pair at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, make up the top five.

You can find the full FedEx Cup standings here.