Jon Rahm on FedEx Cup Playoffs system: "It's absolutely ludicrous"

Jon Rahm is not a fan of the scoring system at the Tour Championship but believes "it's the best choice right now".

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Wed, 17 Aug 2022
Jon Rahm on FedEx Cup Playoffs system: "It's absolutely ludicrous"

Jon Rahm has voiced his concern over the staggered start in the PGA Tour's season-ending Tour Championship, a tournament that crowns the FedEx Cup champion who receives a whopping $18 million first prize. 

As it stands, the leader of the FedEx Cup after this week's second Playoffs event at the 70-man BMW Championship will start on 10-under par heading into the 30-man Tour Championship at East Lake next week. 

Second in the rankings starts on 8-under, with third on 7-under, and so forth.

Check out the below link for more information on the scoring and prize money in the FedEx Cup.

Related: How does the FedEx Cup Playoffs work? 

Rahm compares the FedEx Cup Playoffs to that of the Super Bowl in the sense teams that reach the final do not receive a two-touchdown advantage. 

So why should it be any different for those that reach the final 30 in the Tour Championship?

To back up Rahm's claim, Scottie Scheffler has won four times on the PGA Tour this season, including The Masters in April. 

Yet Will Zalatoris picked up his first PGA Tour title at the FedEx St Jude Championship last week and has vaulted straight to the top of the FedEx Cup standings heading into the BMW Championship this week as a result of the volatility in Playoff points. 

"I don't think it's the best system," said Rahm, who has yet to win the FedEx Cup in his career.

"You don't get to the Super Bowl and the team with the better record starts with a two-touchdown advantage.

"I think it's absolutely ludicrous, but it's the best choice we have right now.

"Or Djokovic didn't have a one-set advantage over Kyrgios at Wimbledon.

"I understand that's how the Playoffs are made and I understand it's easier for the viewers and us to know what's going on.

"Because I've spoken to past champions, and sometimes they would be on 16 and they didn't know, oh, if I make one birdie, I win the FedExCup; and if not, this can happen. It was a bit confusing. So I understand that aspect of it.

"But you know, it's a bit odd that you just are given -- I've said it a couple times before, but I think it's good for what we have right now, I don't know what the solution is."


A strokes-based system was deployed in the FedEx Cup finale in 2019 to make it easier for fans to keep up the scoring and who was going to win the FedEx Cup. 

Previously, the Tour Championship was a separate event to the FedEx Cup and two winners were crowned after 72 holes, unless a player won both titles of course. 

Prior to 2019, the PGA Tour made a number of points-based changes through the years to ensure that any of the top 30 players in the Tour Championship could still win the FedEx Cup. 

This was to avoid the headache that ultimately occurred in 2008 when Camilo Villegas won the final two Playoffs events only to narrowly finish second behind Vijay Singh, who won the first two Playoffs events. 

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