FedEx Cup playoffs, explained: Updated standings, points format & more to know about golf's 2022 championship

Only 30 remain, but one golfer will rule them all.

After Will Zalatoris took home the FedEx St. Jude Championship, and defending FedEx Cup playoffs champ Patrick Cantlay took home the BMW Championship on Aug. 21, setting himself up for success at the final tournament in the FedEx Cup playoffs this upcoming Sunday in Atlanta.

Cantlay looks to become the third, two-time FedEx cup champ, joining some guys you may have heard of: Only Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are multiple-time FedEx Cup playoff winners.

In the process of victory, Cantlay made a small bit of history: No PGA Tour golfer has ever defended a FedEx Cup tournament successfully, and with his win at the BMW Championship, Cantlay became the first.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 FedEx Cup, including standings, rules, points, schedules and payouts.

FedEx Cup standings 2022

Once the BMW Championship has concluded, there will be only 30 golfers left competing for the Tour Championship.

Here is a look at the standings since the Wyndham Championship, which was won by Joohyung Kim.

1Scottie Scheffler4,206
2Patrick Cantlay4,129
3Will Zalatoris3,680
4Xander Schaffele2,825
5Sam Burns2,605
6Cameron Smith2,548
7Rory McIlroy2,414
8Tony Finau2,376
9Sepp Straka2,224
10Sungjae Im2,201
11Jon Rahm2,108
12Scott Stallings2,052
13Justin Thomas2,025
14Cameron Young1,997
15Matt Fitzpatrick1,980
16Max Homa1,818
17Hideki Matsuyama1,765
18Jordan Spieth1,750
19Joaquin Niemann1,750
20Viktor Hovland1,535
21Collin Morikawa1,481
22Billy Horschel1,471
23Tom Hoge1,459
24Corey Conners1,454
25Brian Harman1,412
26K.H. Lee1,406
27J.T. Poston1,368
28Sahith Theegala1,307
29Talor Gooch1,302
30Adam Scott1,299

How do the FedEx Cup playoffs work?

Throughout the past 11 months, golfers have earned points in the regular season that count toward the FedEx Cup playoffs. The final event of the regular season was the Wyndham Championship, which ended on Aug. 7, and netted Kim 500 points.

The 125 golfers with the most points at the end of the season move to the FedEx Cup playoffs. First on the schedule is the FedEx St. Jude Championship. From there, the field will be cut down to the top 70, who will advance to the BMW Championship. The top 30 will then move to the Tour Championship.

Winning the Tour Championship is not only worth a big payday, but also grants a tour exemption for the next five years.

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FedEx Cup points system

Throughout the season, different events are worth varying point totals. Golfers receive 500 points for winning normal PGA Tour events and 550 for the World Golf Championships, The Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament.

For winning the Masters, PLAYERS, US Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship, golfers will earn 600 points. Any additional events during the year can earn a golfer 300 points.

Even if golfers don't win events, they still earn points. So long as they make the 36-hole cut, they will automatically receive points. However, the point totals progressively get lower the further down the list the golfers go.

But now that it's time for the playoffs, the ante has been upped. The golfer that wins the FedEx St. Jude Championship will earn 2,000 points. The golfer that wins the BMW Championship will earn 2,000 points. Second place earns 1,200, third earns 760 and progressively further down. But with an 800-gap between first and second, it's obviously preferred to win the event. Click here for a look at the full breakdown of playoff points.

When the Tour Championship arrives, the points no longer count for the golfers. Instead, the points are used to determine the handicap each golfer will begin the Tour Championship with. Having the most points by the time the event comes around earns a very nice 10 under handicap. The golfer with that handicap has won the Tour Championship in back-to-back years.

Here is the full handicap system:

  • 1-seed: (10 under)
  • 2-seed: (8 under)
  • 3-seed: (7 under)
  • 4-seed: (6 under)
  • 5-seed: (5 under)
  • Seeds 6-10: (4 under)
  • Seeds 11-15: (3 under)
  • Seeds 16-20: (2 under)
  • Seeds 21-25: (1 under)
  • Seeds 26-30: (par)

FedEx Cup playoffs schedule

FedEx St. Jude Championship

  • Dates: Aug. 11-14
  • Course: TPC Southwind
  • Location: Memphis, Tenn.

Will Zalatoris won the FedEx St. Jude Championship, and vaulted all the way up from 12th in the FedEx Cup standings to first. Sepp Straka, who ranked 36th, finished second and moved all the way up to eighth. Lucas Glover had the biggest jump of anyone making the top 70, moving from 130th to 35th to ensure he will make the cut for the BMW Championship. He finished third in the final leaderboard.

BMW Championship

  • Dates: Aug. 18-21
  • Course: Wilmington Country Club
  • Location: Wilmington, Del.

The top 70 golfers will travel east to Delaware for the BMW Championship to play at the Wilmington Country Club. There will be no cut, regardless of how the golfers finish the first 36 holes.

Tour Championship

  • Dates: Aug. 24-28
  • Course: East Lake Golf Club
  • Location: Atlanta

East Lake Golf Club remains the host of the Tour Championship, just as it has since 2004. This will be the last chance golfers have to earn a major payday before the end of the season.

FedEx Cup payouts 2022

The golfer that wins the FedEx Cup playoffs will come away with a massive amount of prize money. The winner takes home a $18 million from a total prize pool of $75 million. There is a steep gap between first and second: the second-place finisher earns just $6.5 million.

Here is a look at the bonus structure for 2022:

1$18 million
2$6.5 million
3$5 million
4$4 million
5$3 million
6$2.5 million
7$2 million
8$1.5 million
9$1.25 million
10$1 million

And here's a look at how the field shook out in 2021:

1Patrick Cantlay$15 million
2Jon Rahm$5 million
3Kevin Na$4 million
4Justin Thomas$3 million
5Viktor Hovland$2.5 million
6Xander Schauffele$1.9 million
7Bryson DeChambeau$1.3 million
8Dustin Johnson$1.1 million
9Abraham Ancer$950,000
10Billy Horschel$830,000
11Daniel Berger$750,000
12Tony Finau$705,000
13Jason Kokrak$660,000
14Sergio Garcia$620,000
15Rory McIlroy$595,000
16Louis Oosthuizen$570,000
17Cameron Smith$550,000
18Sam Burns$535,000
19Harris English$520,000
20Sungjae Im$505,000
21Jordan Spieth$490,000
22Corey Conners$478,000
23Scottie Scheffler$466,000
24Erik van Rooyen$456,000
25Patrick Reed$445,000
26Stewart Cink$435,000
27Hideki Matsuyama$425,000
28Collin Morikawa$415,000
29Joaquin Niemann$405,000
30Brooks Koepka$395,000
Edward Sutelan is a content producer at The Sporting News.