Sept. 18, 2018
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Since the FedExCup Playoffs began in 2007, the regular season concluded with the Wyndham Championship, and the 125-player Playoff field was set. Starting with the 2018-’19 PGA TOUR season, the top-10 finishers in the final regular season FedExCup point standings will also earn a bonus as a member of the Wyndham Rewards Top 10, the PGA TOUR announced this morning. The 80th annual Wyndham Championship is set for July 30-Aug. 4, 2019 at Sedgefield Country Club.
The new $10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10 not only will add drama to the Wyndham Championship as the final event before the FedExCup Playoffs but will also put an even greater premium on excelling over the course of the FedExCup Regular Season. The top-10 Regular Season finishers in FedExCup points through the Wyndham Championship – also sponsored by Wyndham Rewards – will reap the benefits of the Wyndham Rewards Top 10. The leader will earn $2 million, followed by $1.5 million for the runner-up with the 10th-place finisher earning $500,000. Additionally, each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level, unlocking all the travel perks and unique Wyndham benefits that go along with it.
And while the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 will be recognized at the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship, the impact of the program will be felt throughout the season; a player’s performance every week becomes more critical than ever before, elevating the significance of each tournament on the schedule and producing drama for PGA TOUR fans at every turn.
“We are excited to unveil the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 next year, which will place an even greater premium on excelling over the course of the Regular Season,” said Andy Pazder, Chief Tournament and Competitions Officer for the PGA TOUR. “Season-long success is tantamount to qualifying for and advancing through the FedExCup Playoffs, and this is an exciting way to reward the best of the best and provide an added layer of drama for our fans in each market and around the world.”
“The Wyndham Championship plays a pivotal role in the regular season as it’s the last chance players have to secure a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs,” said Eliot Hamlisch, vice president and leader of the Wyndham Rewards program. “In joining with the PGA TOUR to introduce the Wyndham Rewards Top 10, we’re not only elevating the significance of our own tournament, but also placing a premium on great golf all season long. What’s more, as the world’s most generous rewards program, we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to recognize the PGA TOUR’s best of the best than by saying, ‘You’ve earned this.’”
In addition, the new playoff format puts greater emphasis on entering the playoffs more highly ranked. The FedExCup Playoffs – which have been reduced from four to three events beginning next season and will conclude before Labor Day, allowing the TOUR to compete to own the August sports calendar – will feature fields of 125 for THE NORTHERN TRUST, 70 for the BMW Championship and 30 for the TOUR Championship, where the FedExCup Champion will be determined. Players now have only two events to position themselves in the top 30 with a chance to win the FedExCup championship.
About the Wyndham Championship:
Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Rewards and presenting sponsor BB&T for their continued support. Additional tournament information is available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com and the tournament’s social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.