Aussie Cameron Smith eyes FedEx Cup millions

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 22, 2018

The bonus pool for the PGA Tour postseason doubles next year to $70 million in a revamped system that gives a head start to top players at the Tour Championship and pays $15 million to the FedEx Cup champion.

DeChambeau, a three-time victor this season, is delighted to be making his Tour Championship debut.

Australian Cameron Smith believes all the pressure is on the FedEx Cup heavyweights as he attempts to bag a near $US12 million ($A17 million) payday at this week's Tour Championship. "I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee to green or it was putts".

And even though England's Justin Rose - the world No 1 who is one behind - is projected to top the FedEx Cup standings and scoop the $10 million (£7.5 million), it is hard to quantify how highly the "U.S.A, U.S.A" confidence would soar if Woods could finally end his five-year winning drought on the eve of the biennial dust-up. I didn't know how many tournaments I'd play in, and next thing you know, here I am in the Tour Championship. He's also excited about the possibilities this weekend as he competes in the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, which will determine the season-long FedEx Cup champion.

I was a golfer before I'd ever heard of Tiger Woods - the pro at the local muni took pity on the skinny teenager with empty pockets - but Tiger Woods made me a golf fan. The FedEx Cup playoffs are reduced from four events to three, with the victor of the Tour Championship being the FedEx Cup champion.

Thomas has even more at stake.

That's kind of how I feel about Woods, who won this tournament in 2007.

A win at East Lake would not only secure a FedEx Cup for DeChambeau, but it would put him in decorated company.

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"Being in the top five, I control my own destiny", Johnson told a news conference. Bradley posted three top-10 finishes before the BMW Championship, where returned to the winner's circle.

He was in the mix on the back nine at the last two majors.

Since returning officially to the US Tour in January, Woods' 17 events have yielded two runner-up finishes among six top-10s and 11 top-25s. His rounds go sideways when he starts missing fairways, which isn't a major concern at East Lake.

"But to have added a couple and to have earned my way into Akron, those are some things that, when I look at this year more, I've exceeded a lot of my expectations and goals because so much of it was an unknown".

East Lake is only part of the reward.

"That's the only wave I've ever missed", said Woods, who sat out the Saturday morning session, and ended up halving the last of 12 singles matches as Europe rallied from a four-point deficit to win.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Tuesday the changes were created to make the FedEx Cup finale easier for fans to understand and to avoid the potential for separate winners of the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

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