PGA Tour announces changes to scheme for points race, playoff format

TOUR Championship: Power ranking all 30 players at East Lake

The changes were the end result after extensive research and feedback was received from the PGA TOUR members, media partners and the TOUR's 5,000-member fan council - an "important sounding board", Monahan said. ". We think this is a significant step forward for the PGA TOUR".

The Tour, having previously announced a revamped regular-season schedule, now is making major changes to its playoff format and bonus-money system, starting with the 2018-19 season.

Meanwhile, the PGA Tour also announced a new incentive program created to reward the players who have the best regular seasons.

Two weeks ago, in the most recent playoff event at the BMW Championship, Rose lost to Keegan Bradley in sudden death.

As things stand, all 30 men in the field at East Lake can be crowned FedExCup champion, although it would require a freaky twist of fate for number 30, Patton Kizzire, to land the big bucks.

The victor of the Tour Championship, based on the staggered scoring formula, will be credited with an official PGA Tour win even if he did not shoot the lowest score over 72 holes.

After hearing Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's chief tournament and competitions officer deliver a presentation on the changes, Casey said that he was receptive to the idea of the strokes-based scoring system. "As play moves on through the week, we're just looking at a scoreboard". And, of course, players will know exactly where they stand at all times while in play, which will ratchet up the drama, outcome and volatility of the competition down the stretch.

Under the current system, FedEx Cup points won throughout the season are partly reset before the Tour Championship begins, so that all 30 players theoretically can win.

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For the most part, Billy Horschel, who won the FedEx Cup after he won the Tour Championship in 2014 and some top-ranked players stumbled, likes the changes.

But PGA Tour executive Andy Pazder said Tuesday that the tour and Spieth have "come to a resolution" over how the three-time major victor would atone for having violated a tour policy by failing to play in 25 events this season. You're going to have less confusion about who is going to win the tournament and who is going to win the FedEx Cup.

Justin Thomas has played down an injury scare ahead of next week's Ryder Cup as he tries to become the first player to win back-to-back FedEx Cup titles.

Pazder said the tour applied the new model to the previous 11 years and the same player won every FedEx Cup except for 2011.

Rose is tied for the Tour Championship lead alongside Tiger Woods. Both events will award quadruple points compared to regular-season events. The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par.

While most of the tour players were outwardly supportive of the idea - and why not when the purse is being goosed to $60 million from $25 and the victor now pockets $15 million - behind the scenes some were a little skeptical of the new format and the advantage being given. The existing FedEx Cup bonus pool will be enhanced by $25 million to $60 million, with the victor receiving $15 million, up from $10 million which has been in place since 2007.

In addition to the $10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10, the existing FedExCup bonus pool will increase by $25 million, to $60 million.

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