PGA makes positive changes to FedEx Cup format

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Starting in 2019, whoever finishes the Tour Championship at the lowest aggregate total including the staggered bonus will be the tournament victor as well as the FedEx Cup champion.

"We are excited to unveil the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 next year, which will place an even greater premium on excelling over the course of the Regular Season", said Andy Pazder, Chief Tournament and Competitions Officer for the PGA TOUR.

The tour said there would not be a separate purse for the Tour Championship. Under the 2019 rules, Woods would start the tournament at 2-under par, eight shots behind DeChambeau.

"Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity", said Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner.

Add in previously announced changes to the PGA TOUR schedule - most notably the move of THE PLAYERS Championship to March, the PGA Championship to May, the reduction of FedExCup Playoffs events from four to three, and the earlier finish prior to Labor Day - and next season promises to be the most rewarding and intriguing that players and fans have experienced.

The next five players will tee off at four-under, regressing by one stroke for every five players until those ranked 26-30 start at even par.

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While the main prize has been boosted to $15m, the number of playoff events has been reduced to three.

Now fans will only need to follow one scoreboard and one story line to know who wins.

The rankings will be used as a starting point for players, with the third-ranked player beginning at seven under and the fourth-ranked player at six under, and whoever finishes the Tour Championship with the lowest score will win the tournament and the FedEx Cup. Golf's sanctioning body announced changes to its FedEx Cup playoffs in an effort to "further fan engagement, understanding and drama of FedEx Cup".

The last named is joint favourite alongside Rose to actually win the FedEx Cup, both men available to back at 5/2. "And we have no doubt it will create a compelling, dramatic conclusion for the Tour's ultimate prize". Since 2008, the tournament winner's score has been between 7-under and 13-under.

Last year, Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship while Justin Thomas won the FedEx Cup. "Getting that time off and getting some rest and just trying to get this thing healed up and feel good as soon as possible coming into Thursday was important". The fans? Well, you can bank on them tuning in more to see who that money may be going to, not how much. He's just as likely for me to take this down as Rose. "Hopefully, and I'm sure it will, it will produce a lot of great drama and a very deserving victor".

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