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Encyclopedia > FedEx Cup

The FedEx Cup is a championship trophy for the PGA Tour. It is the first time that men's professional golf will have playoffs. Announced in November 2005, it will be awarded starting in 2007 after a NASCAR-like points race. This competition will be sponsored by FedEx. Image File history File linksMetadata FedexCup. ... The Fed Cup (until 1995 Federation Cup) is the most important tennis tournament for female national teams, very similar to the mens Davis Cup. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... This article is about the sport. ... Ongoing events • Abramoff-Reed gambling scandal • Al Jazeera bombing memo • Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak • Black sites scandal • Conservative leadership race (UK) • Fuel prices • Irans nuclear program • Jilin chemical plant explosions • Kashmir earthquake • Malawi food crisis • Malaysian prisoner abuse scandal • New Delhi bombings investigation • Niger food crisis • North Indian cyclone... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... There are several different playoff formats used in various levels of competition in sports and games. ... FedEx (NYSE: FDX), whose full corporate name is FedEx Corporation, is a cargo airline, printing, and courier company offering overnight courier, ground, heavy freight, document copying and logistics services. ...

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Format

Qualifying for the playoffs

From the Mercedes-Benz Championship (January 4-7, 2007) to the Wyndham Championship (August 16-19, 2007), PGA Tour players can earn points in each event they play. The Mercedes-Benz Championship is the opening event of golfs PGA Tour season. ... The Wyndham Championship is a regular golf tournament on the Fall Finish of the PGA Tour. ...

The ultimate goal is to be among the Top 144 Points Leaders following the Wyndham Championship. Only those players who are regular full-time members of the PGA Tour will earn points. A non-member who joins the PGA Tour in mid-season will be eligible to earn points in the first event he plays after officially joining the Tour. The following tables list the point distributions used in the FedEx Cup during the regular season and playoffs, as well as the playoff reset element of the FedEx Cup. ...


After the Wyndham Championship, points for all eligible players are reset. With this scale, the first place regular season points leader will get 100,000 points, second place will receive 99,000, and then a sliding scale through 144th place receiving 84,700 points. The top 144 players will advance to the playoffs. The points on the reset scale will carry over into the playoffs. This is the equivalent of "seeding" as players who have performed better during the regular season will more likely advance past the first tournament in the playoffs.

The following tables list the point distributions used in the FedEx Cup during the regular season and playoffs, as well as the playoff reset element of the FedEx Cup. ...

Playoff events

Event Date Players Cut
The Barclays August 23August 26 Top 144 points leaders
(after the points reset)
36-hole cut to top 70 players plus ties
Deutsche Bank Championship August 31September 3 Top 120 points leaders
(after The Barclays)
BMW Championship September 6September 9 Top 70 points leaders
(after the Deutsche Bank Championship)
None
THE TOUR Championship September 13September 16 Top 30 points leaders
(after the BMW Championship)

Once the final 144 playoff qualifiers are set, no alternates will be allowed. It is possible for any player among the Final 144 (then 120, then 70) to skip a playoff event prior to the Tour Championship, but to do so is to risk losing their standing on the points list, and this could potentially result in being eliminated from the playoffs. The Barclays is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York. ... is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Deutsche Bank Championship is a PGA Tour golf tournament that occurs every year on Labor Day weekend. ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The BMW Championship, previously known as the Western Open, is the second oldest professional golf tournament in the United States after the U.S. Open. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... THE TOUR Championship (the capitalisation is official) is the final event of golfs PGA Tour season. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // 1400 - Owain Glyndŵr declared Prince of Wales by his followers. ...

For the Tour Championship itself, only the Top 30 Points Leaders after the BMW Championship will be eligible. If for any reason a player among the Top 30 does not compete in the Tour Championship, he will not be replaced. The following tables list the point distributions used in the FedEx Cup during the regular season and playoffs, as well as the playoff reset element of the FedEx Cup. ...


Playoff rewards

The player with the most points after The Tour Championship will win the FedEx Cup itself and $10 million of a $35 million bonus fund. The runner-up gets $3 million, 3rd place $2 million, 4th place $1.5 million, 5th place $1 million, and so on down to $30,000 for 144th place. However, players under 45 will not be able to access any FedEx Cup bonuses (as opposed to prize money earned in the tournaments themselves) until turning 45. They can invest their bonus in any manner they choose, and once they turn 45, can choose to defer payment until they turn 60 or play in fewer than 15 PGA Tour events in a season. Once a player chooses to take payments from his fund, he will receive monthly checks for five years.[1]

The winner of the FedEx Cup will also receive a five year exemption on the PGA Tour. This mirrors the exemption for the Leading Money Winner title (PGA Tour Exemption Category 8), but it may not have any practical implications. Players have almost never relied on the Leading Money Winner exemption, as they are usually exempt by other means. With the exception of the Tour Championship, which awards a 3-year PGA Tour exemption, winners of Fed Ex Cup playoff events will receive only the standard 2-year exemption. Sounds great! The following tables list the point distributions used in the FedEx Cup during the regular season and playoffs, as well as the playoff reset element of the FedEx Cup. ...


Beginning 2008, any player among the Final Top 30 FedEx Cup Points Leaders after the Tour Championship will be placed in an exemption category below that for regular PGA Tour event winners (PGA Tour Exemption Category 9).


The Final Top 30 FedEx Cup Points Leaders also qualify for the following year's FedEx Cup competition. Remaining FedEx Cup qualifiers for the next year will come from the PGA Tour's Official Money List. This particular list will be finalized after the PGA Tour Fall Series, a group of seven official events that follow the Tour Championship. The PGA Tour Fall Series is a series of events on the PGA Tour that covers the end of the calendar year. ...


As always, the top 125 players on the money list will be fully exempt for the following year, with other golfers either eligible through other exemptions or needing to qualify by other means (e.g. "Qualifying school"). In professonal golf the term Qualifying school is used for the annual qualifying tournaments for leading golf tours such as the U.S. based PGA and LPGA Tours and the European Tour. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ Van Sickle, Gary (2007-08-21). A Guide to the FedEx Cup. Golf.com (Sports Illustrated). Retrieved on 2007-08-21.

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External links

Unless otherwise indicated, all are PGATOUR.COM links.

See also


The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The LPGA Playoffs at The ADT will begin in 2006. ... LPGA stands for Ladies Professional Golf Association. ...

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PGA Tour events
Major championships in playing order: The Masters | U.S. Open | The Open Championship (British Open) | PGA Championship
Other FedEx Cup tournaments in playing order: Mercedes-Benz Championship | Sony Open in Hawaii | Bob Hope Chrysler Classic | Buick Invitational | FBR Open | AT&T Pro-Am | Nissan Open | WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship | Mayakoba Classic at Riviera Maya | Honda Classic | PODS Championship | Arnold Palmer Invitational | WGC-CA Championship | Shell Houston Open | Verizon Heritage | Zurich Classic of New Orleans | EDS Byron Nelson Championship | Wachovia Championship | The Players Championship | AT&T Classic | Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial | Memorial Tournament | Stanford St. Jude Championship | Travelers Championship | Buick Open | AT&T National | John Deere Classic | U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee | Canadian Open | WGC-Bridgestone Invitational | Reno-Tahoe Open | Wyndham Championship
FedEx Cup playoff events: The Barclays | Deutsche Bank Championship | BMW Championship | THE TOUR Championship
Fall Series in playing order: Turning Stone Resort Championship | Viking Classic | Valero Texas Open | Frys.com Open in Las Vegas | Fry's Electronics Open | Ginn Classic | Children's Miracle Network Classic
Team events (played alternate years): Presidents Cup | Ryder Cup
Challenge season events (unofficial money): Merrill Lynch Shootout | ADT Skills Challenge | Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge | Skins Game | World Cup | Target World Challenge
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