FedEx Cup: PGA Tour announces Tour Championship revamp for 2019

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Meanwhile, the new $10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10 not only will add drama to the Wyndham Championship as the final event before the FedExCup Playoffs but will also put an even greater premium on excelling over the course of the FedExCup Regular Season.The top-10 Regular Season finishers in FedExCup points through the Wyndham Championship - also sponsored by Wyndham Rewards - will reap the benefits of the Wyndham Rewards Top 10.

We're quickly nearing the start of the 2018 Tour Championship, the fourth and final event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The playoffs also will be reduced from four events to three, and the post-season finale at The Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club will have a simplified scoring system to determine the overall champion.

Other notable pairings include Open champion Francesco Molinari and Phil Mickelson, while defending Tour Championship victor Xander Schaufelle will partner Rory McIlroy. FedEx last year agreed to a 10-year extension, and the bonus pool for the postseason now is $60 million (along with $10 million in bonus money for the regular season).

The changes were announced during a news conference on Tuesday at East Lake by Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. "But you take these changes and you combine them with the new and improved schedule, and we think this is a significant step forward for the PGA Tour".

The changes include a more compact schedule next season that ends August 25, a week before football begins.

Following the Wyndham, the top 125 players advance to the Northern Trust via the same points system that is in place now.

St. Simons Island, Ga., resident Davis Love III, a current member of the Tour Policy Board who also was on the board when the original FedEx Cup format was launched - which has been tweaked several times. But starting next year, points will not be reset. The next four players in the standings will start at 8 under through 5 under, respectively.

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This goes on until the player at 30th starts on even par.

Others need to win and get mathematical help.

Whoever finishes 72 holes with the lowest score to par wins the FedEx Cup.

The season-ending Tour Championship has been dramatically adjusted. "It's that simple", Monahan said.

Thomas, who will be aiming to become the first player to successfully defend his FedExCup title, tweaked his wrist during the final round of the BMW Championship nine days ago. Giving the points leader 10 free strokes is ridiculous, especially for a course like East Lake.

There's only a pair of Par 5s on this Par 70 layout that weighs in at 7,385 yards, and with a winning score of just creeping into double figures likely, making par is often the name of the game on some of these tricky Par 4s. Will Gray of the Golf Channel does a great job of illustrating how such a structure would affect this year's Tour Championship, which begins on Thursday.

"It's going to be different".

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