FedEx Cup Points 2020: Explaining Distribution and Standings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 20, 2020

Justin Thomas watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Justin Thomas has put himself in good position to become the third two-time winner of the FedEx Cup. 

Thomas holds a significant advantage over Collin Morikawa going into the three-tournament sprint that begins with the Northern Trust at TPC Boston Thursday. 

The combination of Thomas' season-long form and his experience at the trio of courses on the FedEx Cup schedule make him the heavy favorite to take home title after the Tour Championship.

Morikawa, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau and others are capable of overtaking Thomas, but it may take the best three-week span of golf in their respective careers to do so. 


Points Distribution

The winner of each of the two FedEx Cup events prior to the Tour Championship will earn 1,500 points.

Nine-hundred points will be handed out to the second-place finisher and 570 will be given to the third-place golfer. 

Players that finish as low as 70th, or in a tie for 70th, will pick up points over the next few weeks. The full distribution for every finishing position can be found on PGATour.com.


FedEx Cup Standings

1. Justin Thomas (2,458 points)

2. Collin Morikawa (1,902)

3. Webb Simpson (1,878)

4. Bryson DeChambeau (1,657)

5. Sungjae Im (1,633)

6. Patrick Reed (1,426)

7. Daniel Berger (1,347)

8. Rory McIlroy (1,327)

9. Brendon Todd (1,316)

10. Jon Rahm (1,295)

Full standings can be found on PGATour.com.


Thomas earned his large advantage over Morikawa with three victories this season, with his most-recent one coming at the FedEx-St. Jude Invitational. 

Since the resumption of play, the 13-time winner on the PGA Tour finished in the top 20 in five of his seven starts. He missed the cut at the Travelers Championship and landed in a tie for 37th at the PGA Championship.

When he won the FedEx Cup in 2017, Thomas reeled off a victory, a second-place finish and a tie for sixth in a four-tournament span. The competition now consists of three events.

While he is the front-runner to hoist the FedEx Cup, Thomas still has to play well to secure the title since 1,500 points will go to the winners of the the Northern Trust and BMW Championship.

Morikawa could be viewed as the top threat to Thomas since he is coming off his first major championship and has a win from the Workday Charity Open and second-place finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge since mid-June. 

The newest major champion enters TPC Boston off six consecutive rounds in the 60s, and since the resumption of play, Morikawa has produced three cards in the 60s in four different tournaments. 

DeChambeau could be in contention as well if he remains consistent in the top 10 and others falter. 

He has five top-10 placings in the last seven tournaments, including a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship, which was his best finish at a major.

If any of the top contenders fail to replicate their recent form, a player outside the top five, like Patrick Reed, could swoop in for the crown. 

Reed is not necessarily an under-the-radar contender, but he has not been in the headlines as much as Thomas, Morikawa and DeChambeau recently. 

Reed has shot in the 60s in nine of his last 12 rounds and is coming off a tie for 13th at the PGA Championship and tie for ninth at the Wyndham Championship. He also owns a trio of top-10 finishes at TPC Boston.


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Statistics obtained from PGATour.com.