PGA Tour Unveils New Format For 2019 FedEx Cup Finale

September 18, 2018 at 8:00 am by Terez in PGA Tour

30 players will tee off Thursday in the season-ending Tour Championship, and while FedEx Cup leader Bryson DeChambeau has a healthy lead in the point standings with only one event remaining in the playoffs, every golfer in the field has a chance to win the 2018 FedEx Cup. One year from now, that likely won’t be the case. The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that is making massive changes to the format of the Tour Championship next season, in an effort to “further fan engagement, understanding and drama.” Via the PGA Tour: “Instead of a points reset at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, beginning with the 2018-19 event the TOUR is instituting a strokes-based bonus system related to the FedExCup standings through the BMW Championship. The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par. The next four players will start at 8-under through 5-under, respectively. The next five will begin at 4-under, regressing by one stroke per five players until those ranked Nos. 26-30 start at even par. With the implementation of this change, the player with the lowest total score will be the FedExCup Champion and be credited with an official victory in the TOUR Championship competition.” To give you an idea of how these changes will look, Bryson DeChambeau would start this week’s tournament at 10-under par if the rules were in place this year. Tiger Woods, currently 20th in the FedEx Cup standings, would start the tournament eight shots behind at 2-under par. – TO