The TOUR Championship is golf’s most exclusive gathering. Only the 30 best players on the PGA TOUR in a given year advance to the season finale at East Lake Golf Club where one player is crowned the FedExCup champion and receives the $15 million bonus that comes with it.
Qualifying for the TOUR Championship is a common goal shared by every member of the PGA TOUR, from those competing in their rookie year to the world’s top-ranked players.
The FedExCup Playoffs begin with the top 125 in the FedExCup standings qualifying for the first event at THE NORTHERN TRUST in Jersey City, New Jersey. The top 70 move on to the BMW Championship in Owings Mills, Maryland, before the top 30 earn the coveted invitation to compete in the TOUR Championship.
Starting Strokes Format
The top-30 players in the FedExCup standings through the previous week’s BMW Championship officially qualify for the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. To determine the FedExCup champion in Atlanta, the PGA TOUR institutes a strokes-based bonus system (Starting FedExCup Strokes) related to the FedExCup standings through the BMW Championship.
The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par. The next four players will start at 8-under through 5-under, respectively. The next five will begin at 4-under, regressing by one stroke per five players until those ranked Nos. 26-30 start at even par.
Standings Position FedExCup Starting Strokes
The player with the lowest total score after four rounds including FedExCup Starting Strokes is the FedExCup champion and is credited with an official victory in the TOUR Championship competition.
Aside from the coveted trophy, the FedExCup champion will now receive $15 million, an increase from the $10 million prize from previous years.
Since the PGA TOUR introduced the FedExCup competition in 2007, several of the game’s biggest names have hoisted the unique Tiffany Co. trophy at East Lake Golf Club. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are the only two-time FedExCup champions, and no player has successfully defended his FedExCup title.
2007 – Tiger Woods
2008 – Vijay Singh
2009 – Tiger Woods
2010 – Jim Furyk
2011 – Bill Haas
2012 – Brandt Snedeker
2013 – Henrik Stenson
2014 – Billy Horschel
2015 – Jordan Spieth
2016 – Rory McIlroy
2017 – Justin Thomas
2018 – Justin Rose
2019 – Rory McIlroy
2020 – Dustin Johnson
Along with the FedExCup, the champion receives a Sterling Silver replica of the Calamity Jane, the namesake of the putter used by legendary golfer Bobby Jones who called East Lake home and made history by winning the Grand Slam in 1930 and capturing all four major championships in the same year.
The tradition began in 2005 when East Lake Golf Club first started presenting the champion with the replica putter.
- Thursday, Sept. 2
- 1 – 6 p.m. ET – GOLF Channel
- Friday, Sept. 3:
- 1 – 6 p.m. ET – GOLF Channel
- Saturday, Sept. 4:
- 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET – GOLF Channel
- 2:30 – 7 p.m. ET – NBC
- Sunday, Sept. 5:
- 12 – 1:30 p.m. ET – GOLF Channel
- 1:30 – 6 p.m. ET – NBC
Worldwide, the TOUR Championship is broadcast to 216 countries and territories in 28 languages.
PGA TOUR LIVE
PGA TOUR LIVE is the PGA TOUR’s Over-The-Top subscription service that features more than 1,100 hours of live video from 35 PGA TOUR events.
Fans can subscribe to PGA TOUR LIVE via NBC Sports Gold or Amazon Prime Video Channels, offering fans more viewing options and platforms than ever before.
ShotLink powered by CDW
ShotLink powered by CDW is a revolutionary technology from the PGA TOUR that captures and reports real-time vital information on every shot, by every player, real-time, during tournament competition. CDW (www.cdw.com) provides insight and management of the technology and software solutions for continued advancements of ShotLink, with more than 16,000 pieces of equipment needed on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Korn Ferry Tour. More than 250 volunteers are needed each day to run the ShotLink system at a TOUR event.
In 2018 ShotLink was expanded and a second brand ShotLink+ was created. Where ShotLink captures ball at rest data, ShotLink+ captures ball in motion data. In 2019, ShotLink+ expanded by adding ball tracing technology for tee shots and select approach shots using a combination of today’s best tracing technologies.
- ShotLink captures about 32,000 shots per event and is approaching 20 million total strokes captured
- There are 8 attributes captured per shot hit on the PGA TOUR. This works out to about 174 million attributes stored within the ShotLink system
- ShotLink provides data to various sources:
- On-site television broadcast partners
- International Broadcast partners
- Digital Platforms (PGA TOUR Live, PGATOUR.COM, DirecTV (ShotLink Channel) etc
- Studio shows (Golf Central, Inside the PGA TOUR, etc)
- Players, Coaches and Caddies
- Print / Social media platforms
- Mobile devices (available on PGATOUR.COM),
- On-site partners providing fan enhancements including Video boards, kiosks and multi-media solutions
- Over 50 additional clients of the TOUR
- Golf course architects who review ShotLink data when evaluating course changes