FedEx Cup playoffs, explained: Updated standings, points format & more to know about golf’s 2021 championship

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It’s time for the tip of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season.

The high 125 golfers from the previous yr have begun going by the ultimate stretch of the yr with the FedEx Cup playoffs, beginning with The Northern Trust, then the BMW Championship earlier than they finish on the Tour Championship.

The discipline will go from the total 125 down to 70 for the BMW Championship and down to 30 for the Tour Championship. Those last 30 golfers will every get a reduce of the biggest purse within the tour, with the winner taking house a serious prize.

Here’s every part you want to know about the 2021 FedEx Cup, together with standings, guidelines, points, schedules and payouts.

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FedEx Cup standings 2021

Following the tip of the BMW Championship, the sector of golfers shall be reduce down to simply 30 for the Tour Championship. 

Here is a take a look at the standings after The Northern Trust, received by Tony Finau.

RankPlayerPoints
1.Tony Finau3,348
2.Jon Rahm2,763
3.Cameron Smith2,739
4.Patrick Cantlay2,302
5.Justin Thomas2,218
6.Collin Morikawa2,171
7.Jordan Spieth2,150
8.Harris English2,118
9.Bryson DeChambeau1,989
10.Abraham Ancer1,941
11.Louis Oosthuizen1,877
12.Sam Burns1,874
13.Xander Schauffele1,819
14.Viktor Hovland1,763
15.Brooks Koepka1,641
16.Hideki Matsuyama1,640
17.Jason Kokrak1,631
18.Kevin Na1,628
19.Stewart Cink1,598
20.Corey Conners1,532
21.Joaquin Niemann1,523
22.Dustin Johnson1,510
23.Daniel Berger1,464
24.Scottie Scheffler1,456
25.Sungjae Im1,381
26.Patrick Reed1,381
27.Billy Horschel1,371
28.Rory McIlroy1,338
29.Charley Hoffman1,280
30.Max Homa1,252

How do the FedEx Cup Playoffs work?

Golfers have spent the previous 11 months racking up points throughout the common season within the PGA Tour. When Kevin Kisner received the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 15, the common season got here to a detailed, and the 125 golfers with probably the most points moved on to the playoffs.

First up, they compete in The Northern Trust. Playoff points are considerably increased within the playoffs than the common season — more on that later — so it’s more vital than ever to make the reduce. However, golfers that do not can nonetheless attain the second spherical, which is the BMW Championship. The high 70 golfers in points will compete within the occasion, and all of them will stay all through your entire 4 rounds as they hope to earn a high 30 spot within the Tour Championship.

Winning the Tour Championship is massive. Golfers that are available in first not solely get a pleasant paycheck, however they seize a tour exemption for the subsequent 5 years.

FedEx Cup points system

Golfers can earn 500 points for profitable a traditional PGA Tour occasion; 550 for profitable on the World Golf Championships, The Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament; 600 for the highest spot within the Masters, PLAYERS, US Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship; and 300 for added occasions. Golfers that attain the 36-hole reduce in any match robotically obtain points that get progressively decrease.

While it helps to carry out effectively throughout the common season, the playoffs crank the purpose totals up a notch. In profitable The Northern Trust, Finau earned 2,000 points. Second place earns 1,200, third hits 760 and so forth. The winner of the BMW Championship will profit from the identical quantity of points. Click here for a full breakdown of playoff points.

However, as soon as the Tour Championship comes round, all beforehand gathered points exit. The profit to racking up the points is to safe a spot within the unique high 30 wanted to attain the ultimate spherical and to earn a pleasant handicap to start the championship.

Here is the total handicap system:

  • 1-seed: (10 beneath)
  • 2-seed: (8 beneath)
  • 3-seed: (7 beneath)
  • 4-seed: (6 beneath)
  • 5-seed: (5 beneath)
  • Seeds 6-10: (4 beneath)
  • Seeds 11-15: (3 beneath)
  • Seeds 16-20: (2 beneath)
  • Seeds 21-25: (1 beneath)
  • Seeds 26-30: (par)

FedEx Cup Playoffs schedule

The Northern Trust

  • Dates: Aug. 19-23
  • Winner: Tony Finau
  • Course: Liberty National Golf Course
  • Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

Tony Finau kicked off the FedEx Cup Playoffs with a win in a playoff towards Cameron Smith to take the lead within the standings. The win makes positive that he’s positioned effectively heading into the second spherical, the BMW Championship, and finally for the Tour Championship, the place the chief will begin at 10 beneath.

BMW Championship

  • Dates: Aug. 26-29
  • Course: Caves Valley Golf Club
  • Location: Owings Mills, Maryland

The high 70 golfers within the FedEx Cup standings will journey to Owings Mills, Maryland, to play on the Caves Valley Golf Club. And in contrast to different occasions, all 70 golfers will play till the tip, no matter their place after the primary 36 holes.

Tour Championship

  • Dates: Sept. 2-5
  • Course: East Lake Golf Club
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia

This would be the last occasion of the 2020-21 PGA Tour and the final likelihood for golfers to earn their massive pay day on the finish of the season. The East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta will host the occasion, because it has finished since 2004.

FedEx Cup payouts 2021

Winning the FedEx Cup Playoffs all the time ends in a large payday. The winner will get to take house $15 million of the whole $60 million prize pool. That is $10 million more than what the second-place finisher will earn.

Last yr, Dustin Johnson earned $15 million for profitable the Tour Championship. Here’s how the 2020 discipline wound up shaking out.

RankPlayerPayout
1.Dustin Johnson$15 million
T-2.Xander Schauffele$4.5 million
T-2.Justin Thomas$4.5 million
4.Jon Rahm$3 million
5.Scottie Scheffler$2.5 million
6.Collin Morikawa$1.9 million
7.Tyrrell Hatton$1.3 million
T-8.Rory McIlroy$960,000
T-8.Sebastian Munoz$960,000
T-8.Patrick Reed$960,000
11.Sungjae Im$750,000
T-12.Harris English$682,500
T-12.Webb Simpson$682,500
14.Mackenzie Hughes$620,000
T-15.Daniel Berger$582,500
T-15.Hideki Matsuyama$582,500
17.Tony Finau$550,000
T-18.Abraham Ancer$527,500
T-18.Lanto Griffin$527,500
T-20.Viktor Hovland$497,500
T-20.Brendon Todd$497,500
22.Bryson DeChambeau$478,000
23.Kevin Kisner$466,000
T-24.Cameron Champ$445,333
T-24.Cameron Smith$445,333
T-24.Ryan Palmer$445,333
T-27.Kevin Na$420,000
T-27.Joaquin Niemann$420,000
29.Marc Leishman$405,000
30.Billy Horschel$395,000