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DeChambeau the man to beat at season-ending Tour Championship

23 September 2018
DeChambeau the man to beat at season-ending Tour Championship

On Tuesday morning, the media and golf fans were made aware of the changes that are coming to the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup playoffs next season.

The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par.

Players will be seeded based on points with the leader starting the event at 10-under par; the next four players at 8-under through 5-under; the remaining players will be paired in groups of five to regress from 4-under for Nos.

This avoids situations such as previous year when Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship and Justin Thomas the FedEx Cup, the third time that has happened since the points format began in 2007.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - With the upcoming 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule reflecting previously announced, significant structural changes, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan today unveiled further innovations that elevate the entire FedExCup season - from the Regular Season through the FedExCup Playoffs and ultimately, at the Playoffs Finale, the TOUR Championship.

We've also seen some indifferent form from numerous stars outside of Justin Rose.

A year ago, Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship and Justin Thomas, the runner-up, won the FedEx Cup.

The FedEx Cup began in 2007 with a $35 million bonus pool and four playoff events with $7 million purses.

Most of the usual suspects are here, with the notable exception of Jordan Spieth, who misses the TOUR Championship for the first time in his career.

Tiger Woods enters the week ranked 20th in the standings, so he'd need to win this week and get quite a bit of help to claim the cup at the end of the week. Victor of the tournament wins the whole deal, including a newly jacked-up $15 million prize.

So who wins the 2018 Tour Championship, and which long shots stun the golfing world?

The new format will make the Tour Championship a victor take all event - which it usually is anyway - but rewards players at the top of the points standings by spreading out the field significantly before the first shot is taken Thursday morning. Both events will award quadruple points compared to regular-season events. The announcement likely means more of the Tour's top players will come to Greensboro.

This week, the player with the smallest chance of winning the FedEx Cup is Patton Kizzire because as the 30th-ranked player, he starts the week with the fewest points. Additionally, each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level, unlocking all the travel perks and unique Wyndham benefits that go along with it.