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THE PLAYERSFEDEX CUP
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POINTS RESET FOR TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Under the changes, the points standings will be reset following the BMW Championship, rather than before the playoffs, as had been the case during the first two years of the FedEx Cup (PGA Tour).
POS.RESET POINT TOTALS 1st2,500 2nd2,250 3rd2,000 4th1,800 5th1,600 10th600
BUILT TO LAST: PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said of the changes, "We knew we had to re-evaluate the current structure and consider the best ways to maintain interest and excitement throughout the playoffs" (USA TODAY, 11/26). Finchem added, “We've had a lot of outreach with sponsors, with players. We think the system sets up very nicely” (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 11/25). ESPN.com's Bob Harig noted under the new changes, Tour officials are "assuring that the outcome is not decided before reaching the Tour Championship -- as was essentially the case in the first two years" with winning golfers Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, respectively. PGA Tour Senior Dir of Communications & Strategy Steve Dennis: "Nobody was willing to have another year in which the FedEx Cup had been essentially locked up before the Tour Championship. The idea was that it really needed to come down to the Tour Championship, and if possible, with several players in strong contention" (ESPN.com, 11/25). Finchem said, "Players were consistent in thinking it shouldn't be over until Atlanta, a lot of guys should be in it at the end and the regular season should matter. I think it will be well received by the players" (GOLFWEEK.com, 11/25). Golf Channel’s Ted Tryba said he likes the “simplicity” of the new format. Tryba: “The fans back home didn’t have a very good understanding of it and the players themselves really didn’t know what was going on half the time. … This year it’s very simple” (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 11/25).
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