Bizarre formula has Scottie Scheffler at 10-under par before Tour Championship tees off

The top 30 PGA Tour players who have earned FedEx Cup points over the 2022-2023 season will vie for $75 million bonus money from Federal Express Corp including an $18 million first place check with last place pocketing $500,000.

It’s “Showtime” for the PGA Tour this week and the 30 players, who have reached the top of the mountain, now have a chance to be crowned “The King.” Aside from all the controversy surrounding the PGA Tour this year, and the new “Designated Events” that have increased the winning purses to 20 million dollars for 17 tournaments during the course of the season.

All is forgotten when the FedEx Tour Championship hits Atlanta, Georgia’s East Lake Golf Course August 24-27. Eighteen Million Dollars for playing 72 holes of golf is sitting and waiting for just one player on the East Lake Golf Course’s 18th hole this Sunday.

The 2023 FedEx Cup Playoffs will conclude in Atlanta, Georgia this coming weekend, with the Tour Championship. The four-round event is the culmination of a season-long competition on the PGA Tour, as well as the tour’s three-tournament playoffs.

The East Lake Golf Course will once again host this prestigious Championships as it has since 2004. The course was originally designed by Tom Bendelow (1908). It was renovated by Donald Ross (1913) and modernized by Rees Jones (1994). It plays to a par 70 with total yardage of 7,346.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is starting the FedEx Cup Tour Championship at 10-under par, so don’t expect too much drama over the weekend.

The player who wins the Tour Championship will take home $18 million to go along with the actual FedEx Cup. The second-place finisher will earn a $6.5 million paycheck, as well. All players who finish in the top 10 will take home at least $1 million, and all 30 participants will make at least $500,000 from the event.

2023 Player’s Championship winner Scottie Scheffler leads the FedEx Final Standings and is the man to beat entering the Tour Championship, while the 2023 Memorial Tournament and FedEx BMW Championship winner Viktor Hovland, coming off the lowest final round (61) in playoff history, along with the 2023 Scottish Open winner Rory McIlroy round out the top three.

The FedEx Cup points for all 30 players are used to create starting strokes for the Tour Championship. Players at the top of the point standings are given more strokes under par for the start of the event, giving them a head start on the competition.

The leader in the FedEx Cup standings, Scottie Scheffler tee off on Hole No. 1 at 10 strokes under par. Here’s a full look at how many starting strokes each player will be given based on how they stack up with FedEx Cup points:

The PGA TOUR’s top 30 players compete for the FedEx Cup at East Lake Golf Club, August 24-27.

10 under: Scottie Scheffler, 8 under: Viktor Hovland, 7 under: Rory McIlroy, 6 under: Jon Rahm, 5 under: Lucas Glover, 4 under: Max Homa, Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark, Matt Fitzpatrick, 3 under: Tommy Fleetwood, Russell Henley, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, 2 under: Tom Kim, Sungjae Im, Tony Finau, Corey Conners, Si Woo Kim, 1 under: Taylor Moore, Nick Taylor, Adam Schenk, Collin Morikawa, Jason Day, Even par: Sam Burns, Emiliano Grillo, Tyrrell Hatton, Jordan Spieth, Sept Straka.


An aggregate playoff is used in the Tour Championship, if players are tied at the end of regular play. The tied players will play three holes, and at the end of the round whoever has the lowest score is declared the winner. Past winner’s include a who’s who in golf history.


2022 Rory McIlroy
2021, Patrick Cantlay
2020 Dustin Johnson
2019 Rory McIlroy
2018 Tiger Woods
2017 Xander Schauffele
2016 Rory McIlroy
2015 JordanSpieth
2014 Billy Horschel
2013 Henrik Stenson
2012 Brandt Snedeker
2011 Bill Haas
2010 Jim Furyk
2009 Phil Mickelson
2008 Camilo Villegas
2007 Tiger Woods
2006 Adam Scott
2005 Bart Bryant
2004 Retief Goosen
2002 Vijay Singh
2000 Phil Mickelson
1998 Hal Sutton

Bill Sangster, a life-long golf aficionado and former Sergeant in Marines, moved to Cape Cod in 1974 where he raised his family while working as educator with the Sandwich School System for 23 years. With his Falmouth home adjacent to Paul Harney’s Golf Course, Bill spent many days learning and playing the game of golf. He was a member of White Cliffs Country Club and Sandwich Hollows Country on Cape Cod. In 2018 he continued his love for the game of golf by moving to “The Villages” in Florida. He now will admit to anyone who asks that he is addicted to the game of golf! Bill can be reached at

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