The FedEx Cup is the PGA Tour's season-long competition in which players accumulate points to reach a four-tournament playoff that culminates in the Tour Championship. The FedEx Cup season begins in January and runs through mid-August. The playoffs then begin, with fields being reset by points as the size of the fields dwindles after each of the first three tournaments. The final 30 players after the third playoff event qualify for the Tour Championship, with a $10 million prize going to the FedEx Cup winner.
Reaching the Playoffs
The top 125 PGA Tour players in FedExCup points qualify for the first stage of the FedExCup playoffs, The Barclays Championship. Winners of FedExCup regular-season events receive 500 points, with players making the cut receiving points on a diminishing basis. Winners of the Masters, Players Championship, British Open and PGA Championship each receive 600 points; winners of the first three World Golf Championships events get 550 points apiece; and events played opposite World Golf Championships events or majors receive 250 points for first place. William McGirt took the 125th place in 2011 by six points over Justin Leonard. Dustin Johnson won The Barclays in 2011, earning $1.44 million and 2,500 points.
Advancing to Deutsche Bank
After The Barclays, points are updated, with only the top 100 players advancing to the second leg of the playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship played outside Boston. Webb Simpson won the 2011 Deutsche Bank, earning $1.44 million and 2,500 points.
Advancing to the BMW
Yet another points reset takes place at the completion of the Deutsche Bank event, with only the top 70 players in points advancing to the third leg of the playoffs, the BMW Championship, which is usually played at a course in the Midwest. Justin Rose won the 2011 BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf Club near Chicago, a victory worth $1.44 million and 2,500 points.
The Tour Championship
The FedExCup annually culminates in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. After the BMW Championship, the top 30 players in points advance to the Tour Championship. The Tour Championship winner in 2011 was Bill Haas, who won a playoff and earned $1.44 million for the title. His Tour Championship victory also earned Haas enough points for the FedExCup title and the $10 million top prize. Of that amount, $9 million was in cash and $1 million in an annuity. Haas' total take for the week: $11.44 million.