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FedExCup play-offs 2019: standings, tournaments, how it works, Northern Trust betting odds, TV coverage

The first PGA Tour FedExCup play-off event starts on Thursday

PGA Tour FedExCup play-offs

  • When: 8-25 August 
  • Events - three in total: The Northern Trust; BMW Championship; Tour Championship 
  • Reigning champion: Justin Rose (England) 
  • Prize fund: $60m (£49.3m) 
  • Winners’ share: $15m (£12.3m) 
  • TV coverage: live on Sky Sports Golf   
  • Official website: PGATour.com 

After 43 events the PGA Tour’s regular season is complete and this means the world’s best golfers are now gearing up for the FedExCup play-offs.

Tour members who have finished in the top 125 of the regular-season FedExCup standings will qualify for the first of three play-off events: The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club from 8-11 August.

After The Northern Trust has finished the top 70 in the standings will then progress to the BMW Championship from 15-18 August at Medinah Country Club. 

The final play-off event, the Tour Championship, will then see the top 30 players in the standings go head-to-head for the FedExCup title and the $15m (£12.3m) winners’ prize.

After the conclusion of the regular season world No.1 Brooks Koepka leads the standings with 2,887 points from 18 PGA Tour events. He is 572 points ahead of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and 574 ahead of fellow American Matt Kuchar.

Other notable names in the top 125 include last year’s FedExCup champion Justin Rose, The Open champion Shane Lowry and Masters winner Tiger Woods. 

Players who failed to finish in the top 125 included Alex Noren, Martin Kaymer, Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker.

Here we look at the details for the FedExCup play-off events, how the scoring works and how to watch on TV in the United Kingdom.

FedExCup top 10: latest standings
  • 1 Brooks Koepka 2,887pts  
  • 2 Rory McIlroy 2,315  
  • 3 Matt Kuchar 2,313  
  • 4 Xander Schauffele 1,858  
  • 5 Gary Woodland 1,795  
  • 6 Patrick Cantlay 1,730  
  • 7 Dustin Johnson 1,686  
  • 8 Paul Casey 1,629  
  • 9 Webb Simpson 1,619  
  • 10 Jon Rahm 1,447 
  • For the full rankings see pgatour.com

FedExCup play-offs: the tournaments

How it works 

This year the FedExCup play-offs will have three tournaments instead of four. The top 125 golfers from the standings qualify for The Northern Trust, with the top 70 then progressing to the BMW Championship. The final event, the Tour Championship, will see the top 30 players go head-to-head for the title. 

The Northern Trust
  • When: 8-11 August 
  • Where: Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey 
  • Number of players: 125 
  • Number of points available: 2,000 
BMW Championship
  • When: 15-18 August 
  • Where: Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois 
  • Numbers of players: 70 
  • Number of points available: 2,000
Tour Championship
  • When: 22-25 August 
  • Where: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia 
  • Numbers of players: 30 

Simplified Tour Championship

A major change to the play-off format will see the winner of the Tour Championship crowned the FedExCup champion. This winner-takes-all format will make the Tour Championship easier to follow says the PGA Tour’s commissioner Jay Monahan. 

“Win the Tour Championship and you are the FedExCup champion,” said Monahan. “It’s that simple.”

How the scoring works

The FedExCup Starting Strokes scoring format will be implemented at the 2019 Tour Championship. A strokes-based bonus system related to the FedExCup standings, players will start the opening round with scores between 10 under to even par.

According to PGATour.com: “The FedExCup points leader after the first two play-off events will begin the Tour Championship at 10-under par. The No.2 player will start at 8 under. The No.3 player starts at 7under; the No. 4 player starts at 6 under; the No. 5 player starts at 5 under. 

“Players 6-10 start at 4-under; players 11-15 start at 3-under; players 16-20 start at 2-under; players 21-25 start at 1-under; and players 26-30 start at even par. 

“At the Tour Championship, the player with the lowest aggregate score over 72 holes when combined with his FedExCup Starting Strokes will win the Tour Championship and also be crowned FedExCup champion. 

“The Tour Championship win will be considered an official victory and the FedExCup champion will also earn a bonus of $15m and a five-year PGA Tour exemption.”

Brooks Koepka US Open golf

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The Northern Trust winner betting odds

According to Oddschecker, as of 5 August. 

  • Brooks Koepka: 9/1 
  • Rory McIlroy: 11/1 
  • Dustin Johnson: 16/1 
  • Jon Rahm: 18/1 
  • Justin Rose: 20/1  
  • Justin Thomas: 22/1 
  • Patrick Cantlay: 25/1 
  • Rickie Fowler: 25/1 
  • Tiger Woods: 25/1 

FedExCup play-offs TV guide

Sky Sports will show live coverage of The Northern Trust, BMW Championship and Tour Championship PGA Tour events. Here we look at Sky’s schedule for the play-offs. 

The Northern Trust
  • Wednesday 7 August: On the Range at 7.30pm on Sky Sports Golf 
  • Thursday 8 August: featured groups at 12.15pm on Sky Sports Golf; first round live at 7pm on Sky Sports Golf; 9.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event 
  • Friday 9 August: featured groups at 12.15pm on Sky Sports Golf; second round live at 7pm on Sky Sports Golf 
  • Saturday 10 August: third round live at 6pm on Sky Sports Golf 
  • Sunday 11 August: fourth round live at 5pm on Sky Sports Golf
BMW Championship 
  • Thursday 15 August: 8pm on Sky Sports Golf 
  • Friday 16 August: 8pm on Sky Sports Golf; 10pm on Sky Sports Main Event 
  • Saturday 17 August: 5pm on Sky Sports Golf; 8pm on Sky Sports Main Event 
  • Sunday 18 August: 5pm on Sky Sports Golf; 7.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event
Tour Championship
  • Thursday 22 August: 6pm on Sky Sports Golf 
  • Friday 23 August: 6pm on Sky Sports Golf 
  • Saturday 24 August: 6pm on Sky Sports Golf; 8pm on Sky Sports Main Event 
  • Saturday 25 August: 5pm on Sky Sports Golf; 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event

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