PGA Tour makes big changes to playoffs

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The changes include a more compact schedule next season that ends August 25, a week before football begins.

The FedEx Cup has been the de facto Order of Merit tournament for the PGA Tour for over a decade.

Also, Wyndham is kicking in $10 million to the top finishers in the regular season, which concludes at the Wyndham Championship.

The third ranked player will start at seven under par, with fourth and fifth place in the standings starting at six and five under respectively.

The next five players would be at 4 under, with players 11 to 15 at 3 under, 16 to 20 at 2 under, 21 to 215 at 1 under and players 26 through 30 would start at even par.

The victor is determined by his score to par, not his 72-hole score. "As play moves on through the week, we're just looking at a scoreboard". And, of course, players will know exactly where they stand at all times while in play, which will ratchet up the drama, effect and volatility of the competition down the stretch.

The Tour Championship features the top-30 on the FedEx money list and this tournament will see who picks up the $10million purse for FedEx Cup glory, and technically all 30 players can still take the title with victory at East Lake Golf Club.

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These changes aim to eliminate awkward moments like the one that occurred a year ago when Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship but Justin Thomas captured the FedExCup.

Bill Haas at No. 25 had the lowest seed of any FedEx Cup victor when he won in 2011. I've had a lot of top 25s and yeah I would like to have more top 10s and wins, but as a whole I feel like I've gotten better as a player this year. He won the Tour Championship before in 2016 and finished tied for second in 2014.

The top player on the postseason points list will begin the finale at 10-under par. Monahan said that might encourage players to enter the final regular-season event, the Wyndham Championship, to try to secure the No. 1 seed or at least improve positions going into the playoffs. Both events will award quadruple points compared to regular-season events.

The biggest change is for the Tour Championship to crown the FedEx champion from a field of the top 30 players. You're going to have less confusion about who is going to win the tournament and who is going to win the FedEx Cup.

The new $10 million regular season program, which is sponsored by Wyndham Rewards, is created to keep players and fans interest throughout the regular season at events such as the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas and the Charles Schwab Challenge at Fort Worth's Colonial Country Club.

► Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. The announcement likely means more of the Tour's top players will come to Greensboro.

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