Friday, February 18, 2011

How Many FedEx Cup Points are Awarded in a PGA Tournament?

The PGA Tour has a playoff system. Seeding in the playoffs depends on the number of FedEx Cup points that players earn in the regular golf season. Players earn points in each tournament event.

The winner in most events earns 500 points, although each World Golf Championships event is worth 550 points. The Major Tournaments

The Masters
U. S. Open
The British Open

along with The Players Championship, yield 600 points for the winner.

A few other tour events have a winner’s share of 250. These are tournaments that compete in the same week with invitational PGA events.

Distribution of FedEx Cup Points

In a standard PGA Tournament, the points are distributed in this fashion

1st 500
2nd 300
3rd 190
4th 135
5th 110
6th 100

The points go down in value for each finisher until to zero. How many points are distributed depend on how many pro players finish the event. Amateurs do not earn any points.

In the Farmer’s Insurance Open, Bubba Watson earned 500 points, and 2,948 points were distributed to the other players for a total of 3,484.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

First Round Results at Rivera for the Northern Trust Open PGA Tournament

The field is tightly packed after the first round at Riviera Country Club. No less than nine players have a share of the lead with an opening 67. A host of other famous players are one shot back, including Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington and Fred Couples.

Phil Mickelson is four shots off the pace at even par, along with current FedExCup leader Mark Wilson. Bubba Watson is withdrawing after an opening round 76.

The winner walks away with 500 FedExCup Points and $1,170,000. Details at

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Northern Trust Open PGA Tour Event February 17 to 20

The California part of the PGA Tour continues in Palisades with the Northern Trust Open this week. The Golf Channel has the coverage on Thursday and Friday with CBS picking up the tournament on the weekend.

Defending Champion Steve Stricker is back to try to repeat and claim the winner’s share of the $6.5 million purse. Tiger Woods is taking the week off, but the rest of field is star studded, with Phil Michelson, Anthony Kim, Freddie Couples and K.J. Choi among the PGA’s best scheduled to tee off on Thursday.

The Northern Trust Open gets 500 Fedex Cup points. It’s early, but the current leaders are not household names, for sure:

  • Mark Wilson - 1,008
  • D. A. Points - 688
  • Jhonattan Vegas - 672
  • Bubba Watson - 584

    Should be a fun week.

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