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Monday, September 24, 2012

In case you were wondering about the payout beyond first place in the FedExCup playoffs, below is the top 30. Every player that participated in the “post season” earned additional money other than the earnings from the tournaments they played in. In total there was a $35 million pool that offered playoff bonuses. For example, players that finished 126-150, each received $32,000. Those that came in 101 to 125 made $70,000 a piece, while 81 to 100 earned $75,000. Here is the top 30 payout:

1 Brandt Snedeker $10,000,000.00
2 Rory McIlroy $3,000,000.00
3 Tiger Woods $2,000,000.00
4 Nick Watney $1,500,000.00
5 Phil Mickelson $1,000,000.00
6 Justin Rose $800,000.00
7 Louis Oosthuizen $700,000.00
8 Dustin Johnson $600,000.00
9 Luke Donald $550,000.00
10 Lee Westwood $500,000.00
11 Ryan Moore $300,000.00
12 Zach Johnson $290,000.00
13 Bubba Watson $280,000.00
14 Jason Dufner $270,000.00
15 Jim Furyk $250,000.00
16 Webb Simpson $245,000.00
17 Sergio Garcia $240,000.00
18 Matt Kuchar $235,000.00
19 Hunter Mahan $230,000.00
20 Steve Stricker $225,000.00
21 Keegan Bradley $220,000.00
22 Bo Van Pelt $215,000.00
23 Robert Garrigus $210,000.00
24 Carl Pettersson $205,000.00
25 Adam Scott $200,000.00
26 Ernie Els $195,000.00
27 Scott Piercy $190,000.00
28 Rickie Fowler $185,000.00
29 John Huh $180,000.00
30 John Senden $175,000.00

Friday, September 5, 2008

Vijay Singh, with victories in the first two PGA Tour FedExCup tournaments, has all but clinched the season-ending US$10-million winner-take-all payout. Oddly, Singh did not win on Tour until the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in August and then promptly missed the cut in the next two events, the PGA Championship, a major, and the Wyndham Championship.

The last time Singh failed to win on the PGA Tour was 2001 and he had six top-three finishes that season.

But since his late-August flop, Singh beat Sergio Garcia in a playoff at The Barclays and lapped the field with his stellar 63 on Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The two playoff wins have him in first place in the FedEx points race by a healthy margin. If he wins again at the BMW Championship this week, the race is over. He can also clinch with a fifth-place finish or better as long as a player from outside the top 12 in the standings wins the tournament.

Only two players have a puncher's chance to overtake Singh: Garcia and Canadian Mike Weir. Here's how they can still claim the title:

Sergio Garcia
Even if Sergio wins both the BMW and the season-ending Tour Championship, he will need Singh to fail to earn enough points to catch him.

Singh could keep the lead with a pair of third-place finishes, for example.

Garcia needs to win at least one of the last two events and place in the top three at the other and hope Singh finishes in the middle of the pack.

Even if Singh finishes last in both tournaments, the PGA Tour calculates Garcia would need a win at either event and either third this week or a fifth in Atlanta.

Mike Weir
Weir starts the week in third, about 1,300 points behind Garcia. He also needs two wins and modest finishes from Singh, such as fourth or higher, to claim the title.

Like Garcia, Weir can win with one victory and a second-place finish at the other as long as Singh places lower than 13th in both events.

If Singh finishes last in both events, Weir needs a win and either a third-place finish this week or a runner-up next week.

Everyone else
The rest of the pack needs two wins and for Singh to finish up the track. In fact, only players already in the top 24 even have a chance in this scenario.

FedEx Top 10

11Vijay Singh120,500
22Sergio Garcia108,275
318Mike Weir106,965
45Justin Leonard105,388
510Jim Furyk104,230
63Kevin Sutherland104,065
76Anthony Kim104,019
84Phil Mickelson103,951
97Kenny Perry103,714
108Ben Curtis103,264

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Roger Federer and Tiger Woods shining separately on Sunday.**

                                 Tiger Woods            Roger Federer
Turned Pro                          1996                      1998
Titles Won                            60                          51
Majors/Grand Slams              13                        12
Earnings                               $76.6M            $35.6M
Weeks at No. 1                        459                  188

Roger Federer easily wins Sunday's US Open final. He is now first man to ever win 3 majors in a calendar year three times, having already won three Grand Slam titles in both 2004 and 2006.

Tiger wins the BMW Championship
Tiger Woods has now won the BMW Championship four times (1997, 1999, 2003, 2007). His record is pretty special just about everywhere, but Tiger Woods has a particularly impressive record at Cog Hill.  In his 10 pro starts at the BMW Championship, Woods has made all 10 cuts, won 4 times, been second twice and recorded eight Top-10 finishes.

Most Career PGA TOUR Wins, All-Time:
Sam Snead        82
Jack Nicklaus    73
Ben Hogan        64
Arnold Palmer    62
Tiger Woods      60<<<<6th win this season

Sunday's scoring average of 69.138 is the lowest single-round average in tournament history. In fact, no single round average had ever dipped into the 60s before this week.

This was the first time in Tiger Woods' career that he has posted four rounds in the 60s at Cog Hill in a single tournament.  Woods concluded the 2006 tournament with three straight scores in the 60s, bringing his consecutive 60s streak to seven now.

Woods becomes the first six-time winner of the season and collects at least six wins in a season for the fifth time in his 12-year PGA TOUR career.  Seven different players (total of 12 times) since 1970 have won six or more times in a season, and Woods has five of those 12.

Woods' come-from-behind victory was his 18th in 58 career TOUR stroke-play wins, and his fourth of the 2007 season (Buick Invitational, Wachovia Championship, and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational).

This is the 29th time he has won an event without holding the 36-hole lead, including three of his six victories in 2007. He came from seven strokes back through 36 holes at the Buick Invitational and came from four strokes back this week at Firestone Country Club.

The BMW Championship is now the seventh event in which Woods has four or more victories (CA Championship-6; Bridgestone Invitational-6; Buick Invitational-5; Arnold Palmer Invitational-4, Masters Tournament-4, BMW Championship-4, PGA Championship-4).

Woods' 60th career PGA TOUR victory is the fifth-most in TOUR history. Arnold Palmer is fourth with 62 victories. Woods also surpasses the $75 million mark in career PGA TOUR Official Money with $75,319,376, and he now has won in 27.9 percent (60 out of 215) of his professional starts on the PGA TOUR.


Only 5 players have a mathematical chance of winning the FedExCup next Sunday at East Lake:
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Rory Sabbatini and K.J. Choi.

Woods and Stricker control their own destiny, in the sense that if either wins THE TOUR Championship, they are guaranteed to win the FedExCup.

If Mickelson wins in Atlanta, Woods would beat him by 20 points with a second alone.

Sabbatini and Choi need help if either should win.  In Sabbatini's case, Woods must finish 14th or lower while in Choi's situation, the game's No. 1 player must be lower than 22nd.  Points earned by Stricker and Mickelson could also figure into the equation in either of those scenarios.

Monday, August 20, 2007

2007 PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup
It is aSeries of 4 Events
August 23 to September 16

Top Things to Know
About the 2007 PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup

1. This is the first year for the FedExCup, a season-long points competition culminating with the first-ever PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. That.  The winner will receive $10 million from an overall purse of $35 million. Each of the four Playoff events has its own purse of $7 million.

2. Players accumulated FedEx points during the 33-week Regular Season which began in January at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii and ended last week at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC. Regular-Season point totals determined the seeding for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Each player begins the 4-week Playoffs with a RESET POINT TOTAL based on his finish in the Regular Season.

3. The PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup will feature a progressive cut through the first three events to determine the final 30 players who qualify for THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. The Barclays opens the Playoffs with 143 players (as of Aug. 17) followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 120-player field and the BMW Championship with 70 players. Tiger Woods, the leader in FedEx points, WILL NOT play in The Barclays. Therefore, there will only be 143 players in the field, instead of the previously listed number of 144. 

4. Each Playoff event offers 50,000 points, double that of a "normal" Regular Season tournament, and a purse of $7 million. A player's point total during this 4-week stretch will be the SUM of his RESET REGULAR-SEASON POINT TOTAL and any PLAYOFF POINTS earned.

5. The PGA TOUR season does not end after THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola! The PGA TOUR Fall Series, consisting of 7 events, will follow. These events finalize eligibility for the 2008 FedExCup as players vie for positions 31-125. All events are "official" victories and award official money and World Golf Ranking points. 

What is the FedExCup?
The FedExCup is a season-long competition in which players accumulate points based upon their finish in each PGA TOUR Regular Season and PGA TOUR Playoff event. At the end of the PGA TOUR Playoffs, the winning player will be crowned the FedExCup Champion.

The PGA TOUR season encompasses 44 weeks and is divided into two segments: the 37-week FedExCup and the 7-event PGA TOUR Fall Series. Within the FedExCup will be the 33-week PGA TOUR Regular Season and 4-week PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. 

PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup

Date              Event                                                     Players

Aug. 23-26              The Barclays                                    143
Westchester Country Club, Harrison, NY         

Aug. 31-Sept. 3         Deutsche Bank Championship                              120
        TPC Boston, Norton, MA

Sept. 6-9       BMW Championship                                                70
        Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Lemont, IL

Sept. 13-16     THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola    30
        East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, GA

Playoff Reset
The Regular Season began with the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii and ended with last week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC.

The top 144 players in points (plus ties) are eligible to play in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Each player will receive a RESET POINT TOTAL based on his finish in the Regular Season as outlined below.

The PGA TOUR Playoffs will feature a progressive cut through the first three events to determine the final 30 players who qualify for THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. The Barclays opens the Playoffs with 143 players (after Tiger Woods decided not to participate), followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship with 120 and the BMW Championship with 70.

Players' point totals throughout the Playoffs will include both reset points and points earned during each Playoff Event. If any of the 30 eligible players is unable or chooses not to play in THE TOUR Championship, alternates will not be added to fill the field. Points will still be awarded as shown below. Points from the missing positions will not be awarded.

All Playoff Events will award 50,000 total points. The first three events will award points using the same breakdown as the current purse distribution. Points awarded for THE TOUR Championship will be adjusted for the smaller number of players in the field and rounded slightly for simplicity. Specific point distributions are shown below:

PGA TOUR Playoff Event Points Distribution
Position        First 3 Playoff Events  THE TOUR Championship  
Total Points    50,000  50,000 
1       9,000.0 10,300.0       
2       5,400.0 6,200.0
3       3,400.0 3,900.0
4       2,400.0 2,800.0
5       2,000.0 2,300.0
6       1,800.0 2,060.0
7       1,675.0 1,920.0
8       1,550.0 1,780.0
9       1,450.0 1,660.0
10      1,350.0 1,550.0
11      1,250.0 1,440.0
12      1,150.0 1,330.0
13      1,050.0 1,220.0
14      950.0   1,120.0
15      900.0   1,030.0
16      850.0   965.0  
17      800.0   910.0  
18      750.0   855.0  
19      700.0   800.0  
20      650.0   745.0  

Note: Nos. 71-85 shown to represent possible ties for 70th in first and second playoff events.

Prize Money
In addition to the title of FedExCup Champion, the winner will receive $10 million, the largest single bonus awarded in professional sports.

The FedExCup will offer $35 million in total bonus money, one of the highest totals in sports. Following the winner's share of $10 million, second through fifth place will receive $3 million, $2 million, $1.5 million and $1 million, respectively.

Player Distribution Plan

                        Position         Amount                 Position                 Amount
                                1       $10,000,000                  31      $165,000
        2           3,000,000                32         155,000
        3           2,000,000                33         150,000
        4           1,500,000                34         145,000
        5           1,000,000                35         142,000
        6               800,000              36         140,000
        7               700,000              37         138,000
        8               600,000              38         137,000
        9               550,000              39         136,000
        10              500,000              40         135,000
        11              300,000              41         134,000
        12              290,000              42         133,000
        13              280,000              43         132,000
        14              270,000              44         131,000
        15              250,000              45         130,000
        16              245,000              46         129,000
        17              240,000              47         128,000
        18              235,000              48         127,000
        19              230,000              49         126,000
        20              225,000              50         125,000
                                                                 TOTAL      $35,000,000

Little known to the general public is that the FedExCup money is deferred. It goes directly into a player's retirement account and he can't access it until the age of 45. The player can choose to invest the money so it can grow over time. Once a player elects to begin collecting, he'll get monthly payments for five years. Players can defer payment until they turn 60 or play in fewer than 15 events in a year.

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