“We believe this slight modification will add greater significance to players having an outstanding season leading into the playoffs, while still allowing for the excitement of volatility and movement during the playoffs," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.
Golfers accumulate FedEx Cup points throughout the regular season. Only the top 125 make the postseason and the field narrows with each successive playoff event. The champion is determined by total points at the end.
All 30 players who reach the Tour Championship will have a shot at winning the FedEx Cup. The higher seeds will have a mathematically better chance and the top five seeds will be guaranteed the Cup if they win the season finale.
The new system would not have changed last season's result, with Billy Horschel taking the title.