Changes to golf's Tour Championship scoring rankings - 19-Sep

Bryson De Chambeau is bidding for his third win in his last four starts

Bryson De Chambeau is bidding for his third win in his last four starts

Now that the 2018 Tour Championship field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising.

The FedEx Cup Playoffs will be revamped in 2019 with a new system and increased prize money, the PGA Tour has announced. The next golfer in the standings will begin at 8-under, the player in the third spot would be 7-under, and so on. Or you could have the best 72-hole score and not win the tournament. For fans, it can be tough to follow both at once and even more confusing when the Tour Championship victor is different than the FedEx Cup champion. That part's a little bit of a bummer but we're just going to see how it unfolds and hopefully it turns out well. Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia and Chris Wood are just two ticks bigger and there are another seven players trading at less than 30/1.

Under the current system that ends this week, points are reset going into the Tour Championship so that all 30 players have a mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup, and the top five only have to win the tournament to capture the $10 million bonus. "So every viewer, every spectator and every player on the golf course will know precisely where they stand at any moment".

A year ago, Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship and Justin Thomas, the runner-up, won the FedEx Cup.

The 2017 PGA Championship victor revealed he suffered the injury in the final round of the BMW Championship ast Sunday, where he finished T12.

Victory at the 30-man finale would net the Queenslander nearly $US1.6 million, while he would also pocket a $US10 million bonus should he pull off the inconceivable and become the first Australian to win the FedEx title.

The top player in points at the end of the regular season will receive a $2 million bonus, with payouts going down 10 places to $500,000.

The tour said there would not be a separate purse for the Tour Championship. I've had a lot of top 25s and yeah I would like to have more top 10s and wins, but as a whole I feel like I've gotten better as a player this year.

While the main prize has been boosted to $15m, the number of playoff events has been reduced to three. Golf's sanctioning body announced changes to its FedEx Cup playoffs in an effort to "further fan engagement, understanding and drama of FedEx Cup".

All of which makes Tuesday morning's announcement at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. seem all the more radical.

Monahan said the victor of the FedEx Cup next year would make upward of $27 million, and he expected comprehensive player earnings to increase 12 percent, or more than $500 million. Thomas, the reigning FedEx Cup champion, has an Official World Golf Ranking of No. 4 and is No. 5 in the FedEx Cup standings.

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