Recap of the 2022 FedEx Cup PGA Tour Championship

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Every August, golf fans look forward to the PGA Tour FedEx cup playoffs to see who will come out on top as the champion. This year was no different, but the 2021-22 season close was shadowed with controversy due to the exclusion of players who signed onto the controversial LIV Golf circuit. Despite accusations of a monopoly levied against the PGA by LIV and players filing and losing a restraining order bid to gain access to play, the 2021-22 playoffs went off without a hitch. Let's take a look at what the tournament is and what happened during the playoffs.

What Is the PGA Tour Championship FedEx Cup?

The FedEx Cup Playoffs is an annual event that concludes the PGA Tour season. Throughout the year, players earn FedEx Cup Points based on their performance at official tour tournaments. The point amount varies per event. The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship are worth the most points at 100. Events like the Barracuda Championship, Butterfield Bermuda Championship, Puerto Rico Open and Mexico Open award significantly less at under 35 points.

Based on points earned, the top 125 PGA golfers have a chance to enter the FedEx Cup playoffs, a series of tournaments that determines who will receive the grand prize cup. This year, the events included the following:

  • FedEx St. Jude Championship held at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee
  • BMW Championship held at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Tour Championship held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia

Only 120 of the 125 eligible players competed in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Will Zalatoris came in first at the event, golfing 15 under par. Behind him was Sepp Straka in second place and Lucas Glover and Brian Harman, tied for third.

Seventy players advanced to the BMW Championship. Tommy Fleetwood and Cameron Smith opted not to participate, narrowing the field to 68. Patrick Cantlay took first place with a score of 14 under par. Scott Stallings came in second place, and Xander Schauffele and Scottie Scheffler tied for third.

Highlights and Daily Recap of What Happened at the Tournament

The top 30 golfers after the first two rounds of the FedEx Cup playoffs advanced to the final round held August 25 to August 28. Having suffered a back injury, Will Zalatoris exited the tournament, leaving 29 players to vie for the cup.

Going into the event, Scottie Scheffler, with a commanding lead due to his four wins during the season, Rory McIlroy and Sungjae Im were the favorites to win. However, the certainty of Scheffler's victory was quickly called into question as he bogeyed three times during the first six holes. Thanks to multiple birdies, McIlroy quickly tied Scheffler. Im also played strongly and narrowed the gap.

The tide began to turn during the back nine. Im fell behind due to a double bogey. At the 16th hole, McIlroy's par against Scheffler's bogey allowed him to pull ahead. After that, Scheffler never managed to recover. In the end, McIlroy was on top and took home the FedEx Cup.

Who Wasn't at the Playoffs This Year?

The PGA barred all LIV Golf participants from playing in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. This ultimately impacted 10 players who ranked in the top 125:

  • Abraham Ancer
  • Talor Gooch
  • Charles Howell III
  • Matt Jones
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Jason Kokrak
  • Carlos Ortiz
  • Pat Perez
  • Hudson Swafford
  • Matthew Wolff

2022 FedEx Cup PGA Tour Championship Leaderboard

McIlroy played in 16 events for the season and finished first on the 2022 FedEx Cup season standings. Im and Scheffler played in 26 and 25 events, respectively, and tied for second. Schauffele came in third through his 21 events. Max Homa and Justin Thomas tied for fifth, while Patrick Cantlay and Straka tied for seventh. Completing the top 10 were Tony Finau in ninth place and Tom Hoge in 10th place.

2022 FedEx Cup PGA Tour Championship Payout

The total championship pool for the 2021-22 FedEx Cup was $75 million. This marks a $15 million increase compared to last year's total purse of $65 million. Here is a look at the final payout breakdown for the top ten:

 

1. $18 million, 21 under: Rory McIlroy

T2. $5,750,000, 20 under: Scottie Scheffler, Sungjae Im

4. $4,000,000, 18 under: Xander Schauffele

T5. $2,750,000, 17 under: Max Homa, Justin Thomas

T7. $1,750,000, 16 under: Sepp Straka, Patrick Cantlay

9. $1,250,000, 15 under: Tony Finau

10. $1,000,000, 14 under: Tom Hoge


Additional bonuses and incentives were available for players, including:

  • Comcast Business Tour Top 10 is an extra award based on season-long performance. This year's pool was $20 million. Scheffler came out on top and received a $4 million bonus.
  • Player Impact Program awards top players who increase fan engagement. The winners, who share a bonus pool of $50 million, have yet to be announced.
  • Play 15 Bonus program awards a $50,000 bonus to all players who start in 15 events during the year.

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