2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs Format, Updated Odds: Koepka Still the Favorite, Reed Closes the Gap

Aug 15, 2019 09:00 PM EDT
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Christopher Hanewinckel, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Brooks Koepka

  • The 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs continue with the BMW Championship on Thursday.
  • Brooks Koepka is still the 2-1 favorite to win the FedEx Cup, with Rory McIlroy (6-1) right behind him. Patrick Reed's victory at the Northern Trust vaulted him to third favorite at 8-1.
  • Here are the updated odds and format for the 2019 FedEx Cup Championship.

Patrick Reed’s first victory in 16 months was well-timed.

Reed came into the 2019 Northern Trust as a 100-1 longshot to win the FedEx Cup. After taking down the field at Liberty National, the 29-year-old now sits in second place in the FedEx Cup Standings and is now the third favorite to be the last man standing at the Tour Championship.

Brooks Koepka, who finished T30 at the Northern Trust, still paces the race for the FedEx Cup and remains a 2-1 favorite to win the competition. Koepka is 206 points ahead of Reed heading into the second event of the three-tournament postseason.

Rory McIlroy trails Koepka by 310 points in the table and is the only other golfer with single-digit odds to take home the cup at 6-1. The Northern Irishman finished T6 at Liberty National.

The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings have qualified for this weekend’s BMW Championship, the second leg of the 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs. The top 30 players after the BMW Championship will move on to the Tour Championship, where the FedEx Cup Champion will be determined.

FedEx Cup Format

The FedEx Cup Playoffs take place over three consecutive tournaments: The Northern Trust, The BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. Points earned during the PGA Tour Regular Season carry over to the Playoffs.

The FedEx Cup Playoffs feature a progressive cut. The first event — The Northern Trust — consists of 125 players and is the only tournament with a cut. The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings at the conclusion of the event advance to the BMW Championship, and the top 30 players after that event will move on to the Tour Championship, where the FedExCup Champion will be determined.

Per the PGA Tour, the first two Playoffs events award 2,000 points to the winner, while the Playoffs Finale, the Tour Championship, features a strokes-based system, called FedEx Starting Strokes, instituted for the first time in 2019. The player with the lowest total score will win the FedEx Cup and be credited with an official victory at the Tour Championship.

Here’s how it will work:

  • The FedEx Cup points leader after the first two playoffs events will begin the Tour Championship at 10-under par
  • The No. 2 player will start at 8 under
  • The No. 3 player will start at 7 under
  • The No. 4 player will start at 6 under
  • The No. 5 player will start at 5 under
  • Players 6-10 will start at 4 under
  • Players 11-15 will start at 3 under
  • Players 16-20 will start at 2 under
  • Players 21-25 will start at 1 under
  • Players 26-30 will start at even par

The player with the lowest aggregate score over 72 holes when combined with his FedExCup Starting Strokes will win the TOUR Championship and also be crowned FedEx Cup champion.

Updated 2019 FedEx Cup Odds

Brooks Koepka 2-1
Rory McIlroy 6-1
Patrick Reed 8-1
Jon Rahm 10-1
Dutsin Johnson 12-1
Patrick Cantlay 14-1
Justin Rose 16-1
Matt Kuchar 16-1
Justin Thomas 20-1
Xander Schauffele 20-1
Rickie Fowler 25-1
Webb Simpson 30-1
Adam Scott 40-1
Gary Woodland 40-1
Tony Finau 50-1
Tommy Fleetwood 50-1
Bryson DeChambeau 50-1
Paul Casey 50-1
Marc Leishman 80-1
Abraham Ancer 80-1
Tiger Woods 100-1
Jordan Spieth 100-1
Hideki Matsuyama 100-1
Francesco Molinari 100-1
Shane Lowry 100-1
Chez Reavie 100-1
Sungjae Im 150-1
Charles Howell III 150-1
Collin Morikawa 150-1
Brandt Snedeker 150-1
Billy Horschel 200-1

Odds via The Westgate SuperBook and current as of Sunday evening.

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