It appears the PGA Tour schedule won’t be the only thing that looks different in the 2018-19 season.
According to an Associated Press report, the FedEx Cup playoffs – which will be reduced from four events to three next season – will have a new format that will give a distinct advantage to the points leader entering the final event of the season.
Additionally, there has been discussion of adding a big-money bonus pool that would be paid to the top players in FedEx Cup points through the regular season, an idea that would theoretically induce players near the top of the points race to play a final event before the playoffs begin, most likely the Wyndham Championship. Players would play to protect their spot or to secure a piece of the potential bonus pool through the final regular-season event.
The most likely scenario for the playoffs, according to reports, would give the points leader a running start at what is now called the Tour Championship (though it may be renamed the FedEx Cup Championship or something similar next season). The points leader would start the final event at 10-under par with players behind him starting fewer strokes under par. The players who barely made the final 30 would start at even par under under the proposal reportedly being considered.
The new playoff scenario is part of a significant overhaul to the Tour schedule which will have the playoffs conclude Aug. 25 at the Tour Championship at East Lake, roughly one month earlier than the season will end this year. Next season, the playoffs will include the Northern Trust played at Liberty National, the BMW Championship at Medinah and the Tour Championship at East Lake.