It feels like forever has gone by since Jon Rahm won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and kicked off the spring swing of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, but here we are at the beginning of the FedExCup playoffs.
Over the past several months, the best on the PGA Tour have competed week in and week out to have the honor of being among the top 70 players in FedExCup points that get to compete for the coveted title of FedExCup Champion.
There’s $75 million in the total FedExCup bonus pool, with $18 million being awarded to the winner of the playoffs.
We’ll dive into everything you need to know about the FedExCup playoffs in this piece, as well as give you our prediction for who will take home the title.
FedExCup Playoffs Preview
The FedExCup playoffs consist of three stages. Each week, the field is cut by 20 people. For the St. Jude Championship, you have the full field of 70, followed by 50 players at the BMW Championship, and finally, the top 30 contenders head to the Tour Championship to determine who wins the FedExCup playoffs.
After each of the first two tournaments, the field gets whittled down based on the FedExCup points standings. The winners each receive 2,000 FedExCup points, so there is great value in putting forth your best effort and not coasting through.
In addition to this, the top 50 of the final standings get an automatic invite to not only the 2024 Tournament of Champions but also all eight of the designated events next season.
Both the St. Jude Championship and the BMW Championship are played as normal from start to finish. However, once you get to the Tour Championship and the final 30 is set, some quirks come into play.
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In 2019, it was announced that a new format would come into effect for this tournament, with the leader in FEC points starting at -10, second place starting at -8, third at -7, and so on all the way down to Nos. 26-30 starting at even par.
This format was introduced in an effort to make the viewing experience of a 30-man tournament a little more interesting.
FedExCup Playoffs Winner Prediction
Scottie Scheffler (+300)
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I’m not sure that I can reasonably bet any other golfer besides Scheffler to take home his first FedExCup Championship.
Last year, he was the regular season FEC points champion and led the playoffs heading into Eastlake, but failed to stop Rory McIlroy from charging back to win the Tour Championship and the playoffs in one fell swoop.
This year, I imagine that weighs heavily on his mind and he fights early to cement his place, starting with this week at TPC Southwinds in Memphis.
All year long, Scottie has looked the part of the best golfer on Tour. He may not have won as many times as Rahm, and he didn’t have some of the style points that Wyndham Clark and Brian Harman showed in runs to their first major titles.
However, he has led nearly every major statistical category (except for putting) all year and finished outside of the top 12 only once in this calendar year, at The Open Championship.
If I’m in this field, I’m wary of Scheffler. He’s had nearly three weeks off to prepare for one of the most important stretches of his career, and he is absolutely primed to take it, making this my golf pick of the day.
FedExCup Playoffs Schedule
St. Jude Championship
Aug. 10 - Aug. 13 • TPC Southwinds
Aug. 17 - Aug. 20 • Olympia Fields Country Club
Aug. 24 - Aug. 27 • Eastlake Country Club