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Everything You Need to Know About the Fedex Cup Playoff's New Format

From the new purses to the scoring head-starts, here's everything you need to know about this year's FedEx Cup playoffs.

Released on 8/19/2019

Transcript

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[Narrator] For a dozen years,
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what made the Fedex Cup playoffs cool,
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also made it weird.
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[upbeat music]
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You had scenarios where one player won
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the season ending points race,
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and one player won the Tour Championship.
00:10
Most players were confused and it occasionally ended
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with two guys holding two different trophies
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in a bunch of awkward photos.
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Now comes the newest Fedex Cup format
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which guarantees one winner at the very end,
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but is somehow even stranger than before.
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It goes something like this.
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Like the old format, players gather points
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based on their performance throughout a regular season
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that begins in the fall and concludes in late summer
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with the Wyndham Championship.
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The top 125 players in points qualify
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for the first playoff even, the Northern Trust.
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The next week, the top 70 qualify for the BMW Championship,
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and after that, only 30
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for the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
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And here is where things get weird.
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Those 30 players in Atlanta
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now all have a chance to win the Fedex Cup,
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but they won't all start on equal footing.
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The points leader will start at 10 under par.
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The next guy will start at eight under.
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On we go until even par, with some players teeing off
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on Thursday as many as 10 strokes behind.
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From there, everyone plays four rounds of golf.
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Some players making up ground, some players losing ground,
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until there's just one winner, with one trophy,
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and an even bigger pile of cash come Sunday night.
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[upbeat music]
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