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Dramatic changes ahead for Tour Championship in 2019

Dramatic changes ahead for Tour Championship in 2019

One huge surprise the model is calling for in its 2018 Tour Championship picks: Woods, the only player to win the FedEx Cup a few times, makes a strong run but falls just short of winning the title.

"It has been gratifying to witness the growth, popularity and importance of the FedExCup since its launch in 2007", said Davis Love III, a current Player Director on the PGA TOUR Policy Board who also served on the Board during the development and launch of the FedExCup. The next golfer in the standings will begin at 8-under, the player in the third spot would be 7-under, and so on.

Cape Town - Bryson DeChambeau will start as favourite in the season-ending Tour Championship when it gets underway in Atlanta on Thursday. The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that is making massive changes to the format of the Tour Championship next season, in an effort to "further fan engagement, understanding and drama". Instead, the player with the lowest score at the end of the week will win The Tour Championship, the FedExCup and $15 million.

Next year, the points leader going into the Tour Championship will start with a 10-under-par score, while the next four players will start at eight-under through five-under, respectively. The next group of five players are at 4 under, all the way down until the final five players in the 30-man field are at even par.

Woods is still searching for that elusive 80th PGA Tour victory and his last win in the FedExCup Playoffs was at the 2009 BMW Championship. However, I believe this new strokes-based bonus system for the TOUR Championship might well be the most important of them all, as it will lend absolute clarity to where everyone in the field stands and what exactly they must do to win the FedExCup. Or a hockey game where the team that finished higher in the regular season received a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs.

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The top 10 players throughout the regular season will divvy up the $10 million pot with the No. 1 player taking home a $2 million check down to the No. 10 receiving $500,000.

Rose, however, is not thinking about what scenarios need to play out in order for that to happen.

"You take these changes and you combine them with the new and improved schedule, and we think this is a significant step forward, " Monahan said. Just looking at this week's 30-person season finale, Rose, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are at the top of the betting. "With two big weeks coming up, it's kind of more precautionary than anything".

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