2021 FedExCup Playoffs Schedule: When Is the Tour Championship and How Does the Format Work?

Published 08/16/2021, 5:50 PM EDT
PARAMUS, NJ – AUGUST 25: A General view of the Fedex Cup Playoff Logo during the third round of The Northern Trust on August 25, 2018 at the Ridgewood Championship Course in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The 2020-21 PGA Tour season marks the 15th edition of the FedExCup. This format was first introduced in 2007 and since then has gone under quite a few changes. Meanwhile, the 2021 FedExCup playoffs are all set to begin on August 19th with The Northern Trust. 

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This year, the FedExCup regular season had 47 official events. It started with the Safeway Open and ended with the Wyndham Championship. So, players earned FedExCup points based on their finish at each tournament. Hence, players who consistently performed throughout the year get a head start in the playoffs. So let us find out the format and how exactly the events go ahead. 

FedExCup playoffs format 

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OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL – AUGUST 27: A detail view of the BMW Championship logo is seen on a field board during the first round of the BMW Championship on the North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club on August 27, 2020 in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

At the end of the regular season, the top 125 players from the FedExCup rankings qualify for the playoffs. Moreover, there are a total of three events in the playoffs. First, with the top 125 players, The Northern Trust, secondly, with the top 70, The BMW Championship (Aug 26-29), and finally the Tour Championship (Sep 2-5) with the top 30 players from the FedExCup rankings. 

The first playoff event, The Northern Trust, will have a cut-off score, and only the top 65 and ties after 36 holes will make their way into the weekend. However, The BMW Championship and The Tour Championship are no-cut events, so all the players who qualify will compete for all four days. 

Furthermore, the FedExCup points leader after two playoff events will begin the Tour Championship with a score of -10. However, the rest of the players will also get a pre-determined score according to their rankings. So, players with high FedExCup rankings after BMW Championship will get a huge boost going into the final event. 

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Meanwhile, the player with the lowest aggregate score after 72 holes at Tour Championship will win the Tour Championship and will also be crowned as a FedExCup champion. So, the objective to win the FedExCup playoffs is simple, win the final Tour Championship. Moreover, The Tour Championship winner will earn a bonus of $15 million and a five-year PGA Tour exemption. 

Starting strokes for Tour Championship according to the rankings

Here are the starting strokes for the Tour Championship.

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1-10
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5-5
6-10-4
11-15-3
16-20-2
21-25-1
26-30Even
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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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