North­ern Trust kick­starts Fedex play­offs

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GOLF -

To­day, the North­ern Trust Open will kick-start the Fedexcup Play­offs, a race that will de­ter­mine the sea­son-long cham­pion on the PGA Tour. The four play­off events will of­fer $32m (€27.6m) in prize money, mean­ing a to­tal of $67m (€57.8m) is on the line over the four weeks of Fedexcup Play­off com­pe­ti­tion.

The top 125 in the Fedexcup stand­ings are el­i­gi­ble for The North­ern Trust, with the top 100 ad­vanc­ing to next week’s Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship at TPC Bos­ton. Then, 70 play­ers will com­pete in the BMW Cham­pi­onship at his­toric Aron­imink Golf Club in New­town Square, Penn­syl­va­nia.

The play­offs field will be pared to 30 for the sea­son fi­nale, the Tour Cham­pi­onship at At­lanta’s East Lake Golf Club on Septem­ber 20-23. While ev­ery player in the TOUR Cham­pi­onship field can still win the Fedexcup, the top five in the stand­ings can clinch the cup with a win at East Lake.

Fedexcup points are quadru­pled in the play­offs, mean­ing any player within the top 125 can make a Cin­derella run, but the play­ers at the top of the leader­board still have the ad­van­tage. Fed Ex Cup rank­ings: 1. D John­son, 2. J Thomas, 3. B Koepka, 4. J Rose, 5. B Wat­son,

6. J Day, 7. W Simp­son, 8. F Moli­nari Italy

9. B Decham­beau, 10. P Reed, US, 11. P Mickelson, 12. T Finau, 13. J Rahm, 14. P Cant­lay,

15. P Kizzire, 16. P Casey, 17. R Fowler, 18. K Stan­ley, 19. K Na, 20. T Woods, 21. R Mcil­roy,

22. M Leish­man, 23. T Fleet­wood, 24. C Hadley, 25) P Perez.

Ir­ish: 125. Sea­mus Power, Irl.

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