FedEx Cup Playoffs: Format, How Many Players Qualify For Each Tournament?

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds the championchip trophy after winning the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Atlanta.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Aug 25, 2023, 8:20 AM

On the PGA Tour, the FedExCup is a season-long points competition that culminates with the FedExCup Playoffs, a series of three events in August to determine the FedExCup Champion.

The three playoff events are the FedEx St. Jude Championship, BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship.

The TOUR Championship features a staggered, strokes-based system that represents the FedExCup standings going into the final event.

In a year with plenty of big purses on the PGA Tour, the total bonus pool for the FedExCup Playoffs is $75 million, with the champion earning $18 million.

How Many Players Qualify for FedEx St. Jude Championship?

The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings after the regular season (Wyndham Championship) qualify for the playoffs and the first playoff event, the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

There is no cut and players are not required to play.

The FedEx Cup standings following the first playoff event determine who moves on to the BMW Championship.

The first two playoff events award 2,000 points to the winner, which are quadruple the points of regular season events, so plenty is at stake.

The FedEx St. Jude Championship has a purse of $20 million.

How Many Players Qualify for BMW Championship?

The top 50 players in the FedEx Cup standings following the FedEx St. Jude Championship qualify for the second playoff event, the BMW Championship.

How Many Players Make TOUR Championship?

The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings qualify for the TOUR Championship, the final event in the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.

The winner of this event is declared the FedEx Cup champion.

TOUR Championship Format

There is a strokes-based system at the start of this event to reward play for the events prior.

The FedExCup points leader after the first two playoff events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par. The No. 2 player will start at 8-under. The No. 3 player starts at 7-under; the No. 4 player starts at 6-under; the No. 5 player starts at 5-under. Players 6-10 start at 4-under; players 11-15 start at 3-under; players 16-20 start at 2-under; players 21-25 start at 1-under; and players 26-30 start at even par.

TOUR Championship Starting Strokes

FedEx Cup Standings RankTOUR Championship Start
Scottie Scheffler-10
Viktor Hovland-8
Rory McIlroy-7
Jon Rahm-6
Lucas Glover-5
Max Homa-4
Patrick Cantlay-4
Brian Harman-4
Wyndham Clark-4
Matt Fitzpatrick-4
Tommy Fleetwood-3
Russell Henley-3
Keegan Bradley-3
Rickie Fowler-3
Xander Schauffele-3
Tom Kim-2
Sungjae Im-2
Tony Finau-2
Corey Conners-2
Si Woo Kim-2
Taylor Moore-1
Nick Taylor-1
Adam Schnek-1
Collin Morikawa-1
Jason Day-1
Sam BurnsE
Emiliano GrilloE
Tyrrell HattonE
Jordan SpiethE
Sepp StrakaE

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”