The end of the year will also come with one single champion instead of a possible two.
The new $10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10 will make the Wyndham Championship the final event before the FedExCup Playoffs and also puts more importance on the FedExCup Regular Season.
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. The next golfer in the standings will begin at 8-under, the player in the third spot would be 7-under, and so on. The next group of five players are at 4 under, all the way down until the final five players in the 30-man field are at even par.
While the victor of the new version Tour Championship will get credit with a tournament victory, the best way to think of this is that it's not a tournament at all but really a conclusion to the season.
Every player in the elite field has a mathematical chance of claiming both titles but only DeChambeau and four others would be guaranteed the overall prize by winning the Tour Championship.
To give you an idea of how these changes will look in practice, Bryson DeChambeau would start this week's tournament at 10-under par if the rules were in place this year. You're going to have less confusion about who is going to win the tournament and who is going to win the FedEx Cup.
The Tour, having previously announced a revamped regular-season schedule, now is making major changes to its playoff format and bonus-money system, starting with the 2018-19 season.
Smith will make his Tour Championship debut, while Marc Leishman rounds out the Australian tilt at East Lake Golf Club and he sits 29th on the standings. Or you could have the best 72-hole score and not win the tournament. However, I believe this new strokes-based bonus system for the TOUR Championship might well be the most important of them all, as it will lend absolute clarity to where everyone in the field stands and what exactly they must do to win the FedExCup.
Here's how it shakes out: the leader coming into the Tour Championship will get a 10-stroke bonus, starting the tournament at -10. I've had a lot of top 25s and yeah I would like to have more top 10s and wins, but as a whole I feel like I've gotten better as a player this year.