Phil Mickelson won the 2009 Tour Championship but Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup.
The FedEx Cup field is down to the final 30 for the Tour Championship this week at historic East Lake Country Club in Atlanta. All 30 are playing for the $1.44 million first-place check and a piece of the $8 million purse.
There is also $25 million of FedEx bonus money on the line this week. Although $10 million goes to the winner of the FedEx Cup, $15 million will be divided among each player in the field based on their final FedEx Cup ranking.
The last spot at the Tour Championship on Sunday evening will earn $128,000 from the $8 million purse plus $175,000 from the FedEx Cup bonus pool. That is a total of $303,000 just for making the final 30 and showing up this week.
That will help out the old Christmas fund.
To put that in perspective, Joost Luiten earned €300,000 ($405,000) for winning the KLM Open on the European Tour last week. First-place check for the Web.com Tour Finals at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship was $180,000.
The 95 players that did not make it to the Tour Championship have already split up $24 million in prize money from The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship plus $10 million in FedEx Cup bonus pool money.
That’s right, a total of $34 million has already been split up with another $33 million to be divided this week.
Tiger Woods won the first FedEx Cup in 2007 and won it again in 2009. He is the only player to win the FedEx Cup more than once. It is not surprising that with over $22 million in total earnings, Woods has won the most in FedEx Cup history.
Brandt Snedeker is the defending champion this week and enters the final event of the 2013 PGA Tour season ranked No. 10 in the standings.
The FedEx Cup standings give a slight edge to the players ranked in the top five spots.
Current FedEx Cup Ranking:
- Tiger Woods
- Henrik Stenson
- Adam Scott
- Zach Johnson
- Matt Kuchar
If any of these five were to win the Tour Championship this week they would automatically win the $10 million FedEx Cup.
Woods is the top-ranked player but appears to be dealing with back issues that are affecting his play. Stenson won the Deutsche Bank and is one of the hottest players in the world right now. Scott won the Masters and The Barclays. Johnson is coming off a win at the BMW Championship last week and Kuchar has been consistent all season.
Player of the Year on the PGA Tour is also an issue this week. A win this week for either Adam Scott or Phil Mickelson, who both won major tournaments this year, might sway the vote away from Woods.
Woods finished the regular season with five wins and led the PGA Tour money list and FedEx Cup points list.
The FedEx Corporation has poured $35 million into the FedEx Cup playoffs and added excitement to the end of the professional golf year.
They have also made professional golf a very lucrative sport that has drawn the very best players from around the world to play on the PGA Tour.
The fact that 30 professional golfers have the opportunity to play four 18-hole rounds of golf to earn a piece of $33 million drives young players to make it to the PGA Tour.