What to know about the 2022 FedExCup playoffs format
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 FedExCup playoffs format and schedule ahead of the St. Jude Championship on Thursday.
The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs have finally arrived after a regular golf season packed with four major championships, and some irregular golf events.
Since 2007, when the FedEx Cup Playoffs first started, professional golf has never reached this level of ambiguity, and has likely never been more interesting.
In the past, headlines at the FedEx Cup Playoffs have always come from a golf course, but this year, they have come from a courtroom following the lawsuit against the PGA Tour by 11 LIV golfers, including Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.
Three of those golfers, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones, were trying to play in this year’s Playoffs through a temporary restraining order that was denied on Tuesday in court.
Now that no LIV players are making a presence at the FedEx Cup (except for Cam Smith, who isn’t joining LIV until after the Playoffs) loyal PGA Tour players like Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas, who have both spoken out against the lawsuits by the Saudi-backed league players, have a chance to just focus on golf and turn on their magic.
With that said, let’s take a look at the FedEx Cup Playoffs format and schedule as the top golfers in the world push one final battle toward the finale.
FedEx Cup Playoffs schedule and format
The FedEx Cup Playoffs consist of three tournaments that take place in August: the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the BMW Championship, and the Tour Championship.
FedEx St. Jude Championship – Aug. 11-14
BMW Championship – Aug. 18-21
Tour Championship – Aug. 25-28
In terms of points earned on the PGA Tour this season, the best 125 players are invited to play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic starting Thursday. Subsequently, the top 70 players in overall points at the tournament get invited to the BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware. There will then be a 36-hole cut to the top 65 and ties at the St. Jude. However, there will be no cut at the BMW.
Following the BMW tournament, the top 30 players remaining on the points list head to the Tour Championship in East Lake, Atlanta.
Once at that point, players are given bonus strokes depending on their points so far. So the leading player in the standings after the BMW Championship starts the Tour Championship at 10 under, and then the normal scoring conditions are used at the event. Second starts at 8 under, and on it continues…
In other words, having the lowest raw score at the Championship doesn’t earn a player a prize; all the prizes are based on the scores after the below chart is added to their finishing total:
1st place -10
2nd place -8
3rd place -7
4th place -6
5th place -5
6-10th place -4
11-15th place -3
16-20th place -2
21-25th place -1
26-30th place Even par
The ultimate winners of the last three FedEx Cups have begun first, fifth and first at the Tour Championship.
Unlike the regular season, where a victory at a standard Tour event is worth 500 points, the St. Jude Championship and BMW Championship are worth four times a regular Tour stop, with 2,000 points for a victory and 16 points for 65th place. So really, anything can happen the next two weeks, with even the most moderate player finishing at an elite level.