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.
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 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)
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?
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!