Simplicity the key with changes to FedExCup Playoffs finale

Sep 3 2018 Norton MA USA Bryson De Chambeau celebrates after sinking a putt to win the Dell Technologies Championship golf tournament at TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 3 2018 Norton MA USA Bryson De Chambeau celebrates after sinking a putt to win the Dell Technologies Championship golf tournament at TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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. No matter how scientific the sport and players like Dallas resident Bryson DeChambeau become, golf cherishes its antiquities and has a well-earned reputation for being resistant to fundamental change.

The PGA Tour ran thousands of computer simulations to try and approximate as best it could the point differential in play now to the strokes-based bonuses that will be used in the future. Justin Thomas is the reigning FedEx Cup and he knows victory here would give him back to back success - and he knows no player has achieved this feat since the play-offs were introduced in 2007.

Monahan, who said the Tour considered many format changes, said he loves the beauty of the simplicity of the scoring at the playoff final.

As things stand, all 30 men in the field at East Lake can be crowned FedExCup champion, although it would require a weird twist of fate for number 30, Patton Kizzire, to land the big bucks.

The prize money given to next year's FedEx Cup victor has been increased by $5million while those who perform well in the regular season will also benefit from a new incentive program. 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.

"We now have a single leaderboard", said Andy Pazder, the tour's chief of operations.

Each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level. The existing FedEx Cup bonus pool will be enhanced by $25 million to $60 million, with the victor receiving $15 million, up from $10 million which has been in place since 2007.

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The top-10 regular-season points leaders through the closing event at the Wyndham in Greensboro, N.C., will share that amount in a bonus pool. He's our season-long champion.

"Our players and fans have invested in the FedExCup over the past 12 seasons, and with these enhancements, we are reinvesting in the FedExCup in order to raise the stakes, so to speak, for their benefit", said Monahan.

FIELD: The world's top players are in Atlanta looking for one of the biggest prizes of the year. "We are able to grow and diversify our fan base because we have the best athletes on the planet competing on the PGA TOUR".

"We're just going to kind of see how it unfolds, and hopefully it turns out well".

Two weeks ago, in the most recent playoff event at the BMW Championship, Rose lost to Keegan Bradley in sudden death. The fans? Well, you can bank on them tuning in more to see who that money may be going to, not how much.

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