Having celebrated the first decade of the FedExCup last September with Rory McIlroy’s memorable charge to the championship, the PGA TOUR and FedEx Corp. have announced a long-term extension of the shipping giant’s sponsorship of the FedExCup season-long competition on the PGA TOUR.
“The FedEx relationship has been invaluable to the PGA TOUR on multiple fronts for more than 30 years, beginning with its sponsorship of the FedEx St. Jude Classic,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said. “The FedExCup revolutionized the fan-viewing experience and competitive landscape of the PGA TOUR, establishing a cohesive narrative throughout the schedule and a compelling conclusion to the season with the FedExCup Playoffs.”
“We are proud to extend our historic sponsorship of the FedExCup, which has dramatically changed the PGA TOUR,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president, Integrated Marketing and Communications for FedEx. “The FedExCup is the ultimate prize on the PGA TOUR, and the season-long competition has delivered some of the most exciting finishes in recent memory.”
The PGA TOUR entered a new era in 2007 with the introduction of the FedExCup, a season-long points competition offering $35 million in bonus money and culminating with the PGA TOUR’s first-ever Playoff system. In 2016-17, at the conclusion of the Regular Season, the four Playoff events will offer $35 million in prize money, meaning a total of $70 million is on the line over the four weeks of FedExCup Playoff competition.
The 2016-17 PGA TOUR season consists of 43 events in 39 weeks that began last October and ends in August at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. Points are awarded at these levels:
- Official PGA TOUR events played during the PGA TOUR Season each award 500 FedExCup points to the winner.
- The Masters Tournament, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship award 600 FedExCup points to the winner.
- World Golf Championships events award 550 FedExCup points to the winner.
- Additional events (played the same week as other tournaments) award 300 FedExCup points to the winner.
- The PGA TOUR Season points standings will carry over to the FedExCup Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Ten years later, the FedExCup has been a success and is a staple on the PGA TOUR. Players like Dustin Johnson have only known the FedExCup era in PGA TOUR competition. A year ago, Johnson, currently the No. 1-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 1 on the 2016-17 FedExCup points standings, finished second to Rory McIlroy in the FedExCup.
“It’s very important to me. The FedExCup Playoffs, it’s the end of the year, it’s the biggest stage on the PGA TOUR and it’s something that I strive to win. It’s important throughout the year, and it makes where every tournament counts and it makes for an exciting finish,” said Johnson, who turned pro in 2007 and joined the TOUR a year later. “Last year was the closest I’ve come, finishing second to Rory (McIlroy). It was very exciting there at the end.”
McIlroy emerged at the end of the 2015-16 season as the 10th champion, with a memorable title run, featuring two FedExCup Playoffs victories. He capped his title by a dramatic Sunday finish at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. McIlroy holed out from 137 yards for an eagle-2 on East Lake Golf Club’s 16th hole and then birdied No. 18, forcing a three-way playoff with Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell. McIlroy finally secured the victory and the FedExCup champion’s title with a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole—appropriately, No. 16.
As part of the sponsorship renewal, FedEx has committed $1 million in annual donations to benefit non-profit organizations. The donations align with FedEx Cares, a global giving initiative, in which FedEx is investing $200 million in over 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver solutions for people around the world.
Tiger Woods 2007
Vijay Singh 2008
Tiger Woods 2009
Jim Furyk 2010
Bill Haas 2011
Brandt Snedeker 2012
Henrik Stenson 2013
Billy Horschel 2014
Jordan Spieth 2015
Rory McIlroy 2016
FedExCup: A Look Back
Tiger Woods wins the inaugural FedExCup with a record-setting performance at The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Vijay Singh wins three events late in the season, including two PGA TOUR Playoffs events, to capture the second FedExCup title and also the Arnold Palmer Award as the season’s leading money winner.
Tiger Woods captures his second FedExCup and wins a season-high six times. The FedExCup title is his second in the three-year existence of the season-long points competition. Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker place second and third, respectively, in the FedExCup, and each claims three PGA TOUR wins.
Jim Furyk combines a TOUR-best, three-win season, including the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, to capture the FedExCup title and earn Player of the Year honors. Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald place second and third, respectively, in the FedExCup.
Bill Haas begins the final event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, in the 25th position, needing to win the Atlanta tournament and then gets some help. Both things happened as Haas edges Hunter Mahan in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff that gives him the tournament title, the FedExCup and its $10-million prize.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy takes home two victories during the FedExCup Playoffs (Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship) but Brandt Snedeker claims the FedExCup, thanks to a victory at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Henrik Stenson matches Bill Haas’ performance from two years earlier, winning the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and, in turn, taking home the FedExCup. His victory in Atlanta was his second of the FedExCup Playoffs, to go with his title at the Deutshce Bank Championship.
In one of the best closing stretches in PGA TOUR history, Billy Horschel wins the FedExCup with a furious rally that includes a tie for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship and victories at the BMW Championship and TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Jordan Spieth caps a historic five-win season by winning the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup.
The 10th season of the FedExCup concludes with the four winners of the FedExCup Playoffs events all inside the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Patrick Reed (The Barclays), Dustin Johnson (BMW Championship) and FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship and TOUR Championship—the latter tournament title coming in a playoff.
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