Rory McIlroy made a point during his Wednesday press conference on the eve of the Tour Championship to state that a tournament’s legacy is not built on prizemoney alone. In theory, he’s got a point; an event’s prestige can’t be “bought” if you will. It’s more organic than that. However, when the four-time Major champion asks rhetorically whether anyone knows what the winner of the Masters wins, we think he’d be surprised with how many people can say $US2 million without much prompting. (OK, $2,070,000 to be really specific.)
Perhaps players might not be focused on how much money is up for grabs at golf’s big events, but a good number of golf fans do, which brings us to the prizemoney breakdown for this week’s FedEx Cup finale, the Tour Championship. As part of the revamping of the format that’s being used to determine the one true winner of the event – adding the stroke-adjustment to players’ scores – the amount of money that will be up for grabs has changed, and we’ll let you guess which way it’s gone. Yep, up.
After 12 years of the FedEx Cup overall prize pool being a steady $US35 million, with $10 million going to the winner, this year the numbers have jumped to $60 million and $15 million. The increase comes in part thanks to the trade-off of revamping the format for the Tour Championship, where, unlike in the past, there is no prizemoney paid out for the tournament.
Here then is the prizemoney breakdown that will go to each golfer in the final FedEx Cup standings. As with regular PGA Tour events, money will be split equally among players if there are ties for different places. Except of course for the No.1 spot, where there will be a playoff among anyone tied for first, with the winner taking home the $15 million. Come Sunday, we’ll update this with players’ names to let you know who took home how much in the last event of the 2018-’19 PGA Tour season.
[All figures in US dollars]