Tour Championship preview: DeChambeau, Rose favorites

Along with the announcement of the $15-million top prize, the PGA Tour also confirmed the August report that the playoffs would be moving forward in the schedule to finish before the National Football League season begins in September and cut down from four events to three.

The bonus pool for the PGA Tour postseason doubles next year to $70 million in a revamped system that gives a head start to top players at the Tour Championship and pays $15 million to the FedEx Cup champion.

The top 30 players in FedEx Cup points tee up for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Also, Wyndham is kicking in $10 million to the top finishers in the regular season, which concludes at the Wyndham Championship.

"Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity", PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said. "Fans are very familiar with golf leaderboards in relation to par, so they will have a clear understanding of the impact every shot makes during the final run for the FedEx Cup-ultimately leading to a singular champion without conflicting storylines".

World number four Justin Thomas has been sitting in the sidelines nursing a wrist injury, but will still compete at this weekend TOUR Championship.

The 2017-18 PGA Tour season slams shut this week with the Tour Championship at East Lake.

Rory McIlroy is the most likely victor of the tournament according to the Betfair Sportsbook, the Ulsterman a 15/2 shot to come home ahead of the rest. Will Gray of the Golf Channel does a great job of illustrating how such a structure would affect this year's Tour Championship, which begins on Thursday.

The tournament schedule will include the Ryder Cup (2036), PGA Championship (2031), Women's PGA Championship (2022 and 2027), Senior PGA Championship (2025, 2033), PGA Professional Championship (2029) and the Junior PGA Championship (Girls and Boys, 2024).

DeChambeau will be aiming to become the first top seed going into the East Lake event to win the FedExCup since Tiger Woods in 2009.

Each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level. The next golfer in the standings will begin at 8-under, the player in the third spot would be 7-under, and so on.

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.

The course in Maryland has hosted four major tournaments, the U.S Open on three occasions and the US PGA Championship once.

Two weeks ago, in the most recent playoff event at the BMW Championship, Rose lost to Keegan Bradley in sudden death.

"Just a little tightness and it probably looks a little worse than it is".

  • Rosalie Stanley