Changes to golf's Tour Championship scoring rankings - 19-Sep

Seamus Power has been rescued by his short game but believes his driving can improve to the required standard

Seamus Power has been rescued by his short game but believes his driving can improve to the required standard

Next year's schedule has been significantly modified, with the Tour Championship ending the week prior to Labor Day and the playoff events shortened from four to three.

Woods is now 20th in the FedEx Cup point standings, but every golfer in the field could potentially end the season by claiming the FedEx Cup.

The changes were announced during a news conference on Tuesday at East Lake by Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

However, the 12-time US Tour victor says capturing this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta and having a series of results fall in his favour to claim the FedEx Cup would allow his season to end on a high.

"You take these changes and you combine them with the new and improved schedule, and we think this is a significant step forward, " Monahan said.

Last year, Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship while Justin Thomas won the FedEx Cup. The next golfer in the standings will begin at 8-under, the player in the third spot would be 7-under, and so on.

The next five players would be at 4 under, with players 11 to 15 at 3 under, 16 to 20 at 2 under, 21 to 215 at 1 under and players 26 through 30 would start at even par.

As has been the case since the FedExCup Playoffs' inception in 2007, the postseason's last event, The Tour Championship, will feature 30 players.

The Associated Press reported on the format changes for the Tour Championship three weeks ago, and players have been mulling over them.

Victory at the 30-man finale would net the Queenslander nearly $US1.6 million, while he would also pocket a $US10 million bonus should he pull off the inconceivable and become the first Australian to win the FedEx title. I've had a lot of top 25s and yeah I would like to have more top 10s and wins, but as a whole I feel like I've gotten better as a player this year.

These changes include a simplified scoring system at the TOUR Championship that will determine the FedExCup Champion and a new $10 million program for the FedExCup Regular Season sponsored by Wyndham Rewards: the "Wyndham Rewards Top 10". The top-125 players after the regular season will advance to the Northern Trust, the top-70 after that tournament reach the BMW Championship and 40 more players will be lopped for the Tour Championship. He won the Tour Championship before in 2016 and finished tied for second in 2014. "As play moves on through the week, we're just looking at a scoreboard".

World number four Justin Thomas has been sitting in the sidelines nursing a wrist injury, but will still compete at this weekend TOUR Championship. Right behind Thomas are Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, who are listed at 9-1.

This week, the player with the smallest chance of winning the FedEx Cup is Patton Kizzire because as the 30th-ranked player, he starts the week with the fewest points.

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