The FedEx Cup is a season-long points competition in professional men’s golf that is organized by the PGA Tour. The competition includes a series of tournaments throughout the year, with players earning points based on their performances in each event. The season culminates in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, a four-tournament series that determines the winner of the FedEx Cup.
The points system used in the FedEx Cup is designed to reward consistency and strong performances in the most important events. The winner of each tournament receives 500 FedEx Cup points, with points decreasing in increments for each subsequent finisher. At the end of the regular season, the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings qualify for the playoffs, with points being reset for the playoffs to ensure that all players have a chance to win the FedEx Cup.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs consist of the Northern Trust, the BMW Championship, and the Tour Championship, with the top 30 players in the standings qualifying for the final event. The winner of the Tour Championship is also crowned the FedEx Cup champion and receives a significant prize money payout, as well as a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
While there have been several surprise winners of individual playoff events, it’s challenging to identify a single biggest underdog to win the FedEx Cup.
However, one of the most significant underdog stories in FedEx Cup history happened in 2019, when Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title despite entering the playoffs without a victory in the previous year. McIlroy had struggled with his form for much of the season, and many golf analysts had written him off as a serious contender for the FedEx Cup.
McIlroy, however, played exceptional golf during the playoff series, finishing in the top-six in all three preceding events before winning the Tour Championship by four strokes. His performances during the playoffs were enough to secure him the overall FedEx Cup title and the $15 million winner’s prize.
While McIlroy was not a complete unknown, his resurgence during the playoffs and the doubts surrounding his form before the series began made him a significant underdog going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.
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