This is how the FedExCup playoffs are

The playoffs, divided into three tournaments, will begin this Thursday with The Northern Trust. The best in the world will fight for a loot of 15 million.


The FedExCup Playoffs will kick off this Thursday 20 and, for three weekends in a row -until Sunday, September 7-, the best players in the world will face off in search of one of the most prestigious titles on the North American circuit and a multimillionaire loot. With the celebration of these qualifiers, the 2019-2020 season will close.

The first tournament to be played is The Northern Trust, at TPC Boston. It will be the first of three consecutive tournaments that make up a completely modified playoff from last year. This is followed by next week's BMW Championship - which will be held at Chicago's Olympia Fields Country Club - and the final will be at the Tour Championship, based at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

The money destined for prizes passed last year from 35 to 60 million dollars, which will be distributed among all participants. The ultimate winner of this FedExCup will receive a whopping $ 15 million. In addition, since last year the Wyndham Rewards were also created, a loot of 10 million dollars distributed among the top ten classified in the FedExCup ranking before the start of the playoffs. Justin Thomas, leader in this season 2019-2020, received 2 million dollars. The Spaniard Jon Rahm pocketed $ 500,000 for occupying the tenth position.

The Northern Trust will feature the 123 top ranked players for the season. It should be 125, but the casualties of Brooks Koepka, with problems in his left knee and hip, and Vaughn Taylor will not be replaced. This tournament will knock out 53 golfers: only the top 70 finishers in the FedExCup rankings at the end of the four rounds of the tournament will have access to the next event, the BMW Championship.

The second championship of the playoffs, to be played at Olympia Fields in Chicago between August 27 and 30, will eliminate another 40 players, leaving the list of participants of the Tour Championship, third and final tournament, in just 30 applicants . The novelty in the coronavirus playoffs this year comes in the distribution of points in these first two events. Both the Northern Trust and BMW will triple the points awarded to each player based on their final ranking, to compensate for the cancellation of several championships due to the pandemic. That is, if the winner of these tournaments usually received 500 points, this time they will receive 1,500 points for the FedExCup classification. To put it in context, only five players have added more than 1,500 in the whole year - Jon Rahm, for example, has 1,295 in the whole season - .

Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club will decide the winner of the Playoffs between September 4-7. Whoever wins the Tour Championship wins the FedExCup. At the beginning of the event, each player, depending on the position he occupies in the ranking, will start with a certain score. In this way, the leader of the FedExCup in two weeks will start the Tour Championship with -10. The next four will start with -8, -7, -6, and -5, respectively. From the following positions, they will be grouped in groups of five: from 6th to 10th they will start with -4; from 11th to 15th, with -3; from 16th to 20th, with -2; from 21º to 25º, with -1; and from 26th to 30th, at par. Subsequently, four classic days of the best golf in the world to decide the winner of the multimillionaire and prestigious award.

Only Rory McIlroy - winner of the last edition - and Tiger Woods have two FedExCups in their windows. The championship, created in 2007, has never seen a player born in Spain win a playoff event. Jon Rahm will be the only Spaniard in these playoffs, since Sergio García and Rafa Cabrera Bello did not enter the top 125 finishers. Barrika's currently occupies the tenth position of the FedExCup, ensuring practically all participation in the three tournaments. The objective, in addition to defending the world number one, will be to add the maximum possible points these first two weeks to reach the Tour Championship with an initial advantage to take the 15 million dollars.

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