The Checks Are Smaller But the Stakes Are Higher at Tour Championship

By Carl Conrad Tour Finals
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The participants in the FedEx Cup Playoffs were fighting for prestige and prize money that could be used to buy a second, third or fourth home. While the checks aren’t quite as big in the Tour Finals, one could make an argument that the stakes are much higher. These guys are fighting for their PGA Tour cards in order to assure themselves of having jobs next year.

There will be a total of 50 cards given out to Tour players, 25 of which were already locked up based on regular season earnings. The remaining 25 will be doled out at the conclusion of this week’s Tour Championship to the top-25 finishers in the four-tournament playoff series who have not already secured their card. As I said, the stakes are enormous.

The playoff series was open to golfers ranked 126 – 200 in the FedEx Cup standings as well as the top 75 players on the Tour money list. Not only are guys trying to break onto the big tour, but there are also those fighting to retain their cards for next year. The players that have already secured cards based on regular season earnings have a lot on the line, as well. They are competing to move up as high as possible on the priority list for the PGA Tour.

With so much riding on this playoff finale, every single player in this field has something for which they will be fighting. Personally, I can’t wait to see how it turns out.


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