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People are freaking out about next year’s radical changes to the Tour Championship

September 18, 2018

The PGA Tour announced major changes to the FedEx Cup Playoffs on Tuesday, and people are angry.

Earlier in the year, the Tour announced that the playoffs would be reduced to three events in 2019. But they revealed little about how an updated points system would work. Now we know.

The top 125 players at the end of the regular season will make the field for the Northern Trust. The top 70 after that event will advance to the BMW Championship. Finally, the top 30 will earn spots in the Tour Championship. That’s all more or less status quo from the current system.

But at East Lake, things get weird. There, players will be awarded a to-par score to start the event based on their rankings. For example, the No. 1-ranked pro will begin the finale at -10, No. 2 will start at -8, and so on. Players in the 26th-30th spots will begin at even par.

The winner of the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup will be one and the same.

Reactions to the new “head start” for the Tour Championship leader were swift, with complaints from media members and fans alike flooding social media after the announcement. Here’s a sampling: