FedEx Cup 2020 – Who is going to take home the $15m prize?

FedEx Cup 2020 – Who is going to take home the $15m prize?

We’re all set for the final event of a truncated 2019/20 PGA Tour season as Golf’s elite gather for the thrilling FedEx Cup decider. The tournament gets underway TOMORROW at the 7,346-yard, Par 70, East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

The prize? Firstly, just a cool $15m dollars. In addition to all the plaudits.

The Tour Championship now consists of three events, played over three weeks. The top-125 players in the world standings played in the Northern Trust tournament two weeks ago, with the top 70 from that competition progressing to the BMW Championship. There, they were whittled down to the top 30 players, who will compete in the FedEx Cup playoff decider this weekend.  

Since 2019 the final event has been changed to a handicap competition, teeing up a thrilling finish to Fed Ex Cup. This year, Dustin Johnson, who sits at number one in the FedEx Cup standings, will begin the event on -10. After that, Jon Rahm, second in the standings, beginning on -8. Oooosh are we in for a weekend.

Justin Thomas starts on -7, Webb Simpson -6, and Collin Morikawa -5. After that, those players ranked sixth to 10th will begin the FedEx Cup on -4, with 11th to 15th starting on -3. Those ranked 16th to 20th begin on -2, and 21st to 25th beginning on -1. The remaining five players starting on level-par.

Some critics think the handicap system makes it unfair, especially to those starting 10 shots off the lead before even striking a ball. However others believe it makes the event even more interesting.

What do we think? We love the format for two reasons. Firstly, If you’re 10 shots of the pace, then you haven’t been good enough. Secondly, it sets up for a blockbuster weekend of golf.

DJ who begins with a two-stroke lead, is the short-priced favourite to win the FedEx Cup, but the American found himself in a similar position last year, only to finish in a tie for third. GASP.

Jon Rahm came from behind to win the BMW Championship last week, therefore will be in the mix. However, the main threat could come from off the pace, as Rory McIlroy showed last year. The Northern Irishman started the event in fifth place, five shots off the lead, but an excellent four days saw him finish -18 to win his second FedEx Cup with a four-shot advantage over Xander Schauffele.

So, a quick start, from the likes of Bryson DeChambeau or Harris English, coupled with a slow start from the leaders, will pile the pressure on and a fascinating few days will follow. Above all, it should be a great finale to what has been a difficult year for Golf, and we for one have the beers cooling in the fridge.  

Previous FedEx Cup Winners

2007 – Tiger Woods
2008 – Vijay Singh
2009 – Tiger Woods
2010 – Jim Furyk
2011 – Bill Haas
2012 – Brandt Snedeker
2013 – Henrik Stenson
2014 – Billy Horschel
2015 – Jordan Spieth
2016 – Rory McIlroy
2017 – Justin Thomas
2018 – Justin Rose
2019 – Rory McIlroy



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