Here’s a look at how each of the 30 players at the Tour Championship could win the FedEx Cup.
Who’s excited for some FedEx Cup math? After what proved to be an excellent 2017-2018 PGA Tour season, the last 30 players remaining in the FedEx Cup standings are finally ready to tee it up at the Tour Championship, which begins Thursday, Sept. 20 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
After close to 50 events in the regular season, which includes PGA Tour events, World Golf Championships and the majors, the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings made their way to the Northern Trust for the first round of the playoffs, where Bryson DeChambeau vaulted to the top of the standings with a record-setting win at Ridgewood Country Club.
He extended his lead after defeating 99 others at the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston and maintained the number one position following the BMW as the top 70 fought for the 30 spots at the Tour Championship, a tournament that worked out quite well for Keegan Bradley, who jumped from outside the top 30 coming in and moved all the way up to sixth with a win.
With that in mind, he sits just outside of the top five, which is exactly where one wants to be heading into East Lake. A top-five position means that if you win the Tour Championship, you win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize that goes along with it, not to mention the prize money from the tournament itself. Those spots belong to Bryson DeChambeau, new world number one Justin Rose, Tony Finau, world number two Dustin Johnson and defending FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas. So that’s the easy part. A win equals a FedEx Cup title. Boom.
Where things get tricky is from six down to the 30th spot, which was taken by Patton Kizzire this year, just edging Jordan Spieth out of the Tour Championship for the first time in his career. Trust me, you’ll hear a lot of talk come the weekend of the tournament such as “Player X needs to do this” or “Player Y needs to do that.” However, you can rest easy as I’ve listed the scenarios for each and every single one of the 30 players in Atlanta can win the FedEx Cup. Might I suggest bookmarking this page as a reference. You can glance at it while nobody’s looking and look like an absolute genius if that’s what you’re into.
So without further ado, here are the ways every player at the Tour Championship can win the FedEx Cup.
*=These scenarios could result in a possible tie for the FedEx Cup, which would result in a sudden death playoff.