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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.

PGA TOUR Season
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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