FedEx Cup Playoffs Preview

FedEx Cup Playoffs Preview

Introduced in 2007, the FedEx Cup is the PGA Tour’s version of a playoff, culminating in the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. With over $35 million in prize money and $10 million going to the winner (but unfortunately not a gold jacket), there’s plenty on the line for even the richest golfers. Let’s take a gander at what is going to happen over the next month in professional golf.

Format

Over the 43-tournament PGA Tour season, players compete for points weighted heavily on high finishes and wins. The top 125 players in points move on to the FedEx Cup Playoffs (FECP), which begin Thursday. There is then a progressive cut, with the top 100 advancing to TPC Boston, then 70 to Aronimink, then a reseed with the final 30 going to the Tour Championship in Atlanta. The first three events of the FECP are worth 2,000 points (regular events are worth 500, WGCs are 550 and majors are worth 600 FEC points).

The Courses

The Northern Trust – Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey (Aug 23-26)

Dell Technologies Championship – TPC Boston, Massachusetts (Aug 31-Sep 3)

BMW Championship – Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania (Sep 6-9)

Tour Championship – East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia (Sep 20-23)

Current Leaders

Click to see full FECP Leaderboard

Past Champs

2007 – Tiger Woods

2008 – Vijay Singh

2009 – Tiger Woods

2010- Jim Furyk

2011 – Bill Haas

2012 – Brandt Snedeker

2013 – Henrik Stenson

2014 – Billy Horschel

2015 – Jordan Spieth

2016 – Rory McIlroy

2017 – Justin Thomas

Some big names, no?

Prediction

There are a ton of big names at the top, but this feels like a year for a somewhat random winner. I’m going to go with Webb Simpson, who’s had a big resurgence and seems primed for another win which will vault him to the top quickly. If (and that’s a big IF) his putter gets going he’s one of the best on Tour tee-to-green and can compete with anyone. We’ve had three superstars the last three years, it feels like a not-quite household name’s year to win.

Here’s to hoping you can get out to Hart Ranch before summer really winds down. Happy golfing!