The money that is available in the FexEx Cup Playoffs goes along with the betting odds and the surprises which started with The Northern Trust in on August 20th. The surprises began when many fans were stunned as Phil Mickelson ended his week quicker than what was expected. Mickelson shot a three-under-par 68 on Friday, August 21, which wasn’t good enough to keep him from being eliminated from TPC Boston.
Mickelson was 67th in the FedExCup Season Standings but will most likely be dropped out of the best 70. The BMW Championship will begin on the North Course at Olympia Fields Golf Club near Chicago on Aug.ust 27-30. Since the playoffs started in 2007, just the players who rank No. 70 or better on the points list can participate, so experienced golfers like Michelson that don’t make the cut are out of the Cup for the year. That’s a punch to the gut considering that the champion will cash in $15 million from an overall prize money payout of $60 million.
Scottie Scheffler came very near to not being invited to this major championship club. On Friday, the 24-year-old had an amazing opportunity to connect with a group of legends. He made the grade becoming the 11th golfer to ever shoot 59 on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods has joined the playoffs seeking his third FedEx Cup championship. Woods is showing that he’s there to play with a three-under-par 68 in the first round of playoff opener.
Talking about pressure, Justin Thomas entered the FedEx Cup being labeled the No. 1 golfer in the standings. Since the beginning of this series of three golf tournaments that will determine the season champion on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, none of the No. 1 seeds went on to win the FedEx Cup title. Rory McIlroy won the 2019 tournament, which gave him his 5th win in FedEx Cup Playoff events. Only Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are just one back with four wins each.