After a prolonged absence from the tipping charts – in large part due to moving to London and starting a new job – I can announce #moxeystips will be live, without fail, all of the way through this year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The great thing about the Playoffs is their unpredictability. Billy Horschel entered last year’s 4 week stretch in the abyss with a best major finish of 23rd but took home the $10 million jackpot after a long month on the road. Despite missing the cut at The Barclays he bounced back at the Deutsche Bank with a second placed finish and then won the two remaining events to pip Chris Kirk and Rory McIlory to the top prize.
But 2014 didn’t see as dominant a contender as Spieth – the Texan currently sits over 1700 points ahead of second placed Jason Day. To put that into context, Tiger Woods, who currently co-leads the Wyndham Championship, would receive the standard 500 points were he to wrap up his first win of the season.
But the Playoffs aren’t standard events – The Barclays, the Deutsche Bank, the BMW and the Tour Championship all award a mega 2000 points to each week’s winner. They place a huge emphasis on, well, winning. 1200 points are awarded to second place and even the man in third will bag 160 more points than the Masters victor: he’ll have 760 added to his season’s tally. You can check out the PGA Tour’s 101 guide here, but the up shot of it is that the $10 million first prize is a realistic prospect for many.
The fact that Spieth’s lead is so large is actually fairly insignificant: points are reset before the final event, The TOUR Championship. It’s not like everyone goes back to 0, but the leading points scorer at the time begins the week on 2500 points. The second place guy starts on 2250, third with 2000 and every place below that receives 200 points less than the place ahead.
It means everything will always be all to play for going into the final week of the season, which guards against Spieth pocketing the $10 million before he’s even stepped out of the car on Thursday morning. Worth noting here that the $10 million is just the FedEx Cup bonus; there’s still an $8 million purse ($1.4 million of which goes to the winner) for the actual golf tournament.
Whatever happens, #moxeystips will be with you every week providing what I see as being the best value for money on the market, so stay tuned by subscribing!