Don’t know what to make of the scoring system at the season-ending Tour Championship? That’s ok, seems like the 30 golfers that are entered into the event, which begins Thursday, are puzzled by it as well.

Justin Thomas won last week’s BMW Championship and begins the Tour Championship as the No. 1 ranked golfer. (Image: Getty)

It is the first year for the format, which rewards players based on how high up the FedEx Cup Standings they are. The No. 1 player, Justin Thomas, will start the event at -10 under. That means golfers 26-30 start the event 10 strokes behind Thomas.

Golfer                                       FedEx Rank                         Starting Score

Justin Thomas                                 1                                           -10

Patrick Cantlay                                2                                            -8

Brooks Koepka                                3                                            -7

Patrick Reed                                   4                                             -6

Rory McIlroy                                   5                                             -5

Jon Rahm                                       6                                             -4

Matt Kuchar                                    7                                             -4

Xander Schauffele                          8                                             -4

Webb Simpson                               9                                             -4

Abraham Ancer                             10                                            -4

Gary Woodland                             11                                             -3

Tony Finau                                    12                                             -3

Adam Scott                                   13                                              -3

Dustin Johnson                             14                                              -3

Hideki Matsuyama                        15                                              -3

Paul Casey                                   16                                               -2

Justin Rose                                   17                                              -2

Brandt Snedeker                           18                                              -2

Rickie Fowler                                19                                              -2

Kevin Kisner                                  20                                             -2

Marc Leishman                             21                                              -1

Tommy Fleetwood                        22                                              -1

Corey Conners                             23                                               -1

Sungjae Im                                   24                                               -1

Chez Reavie                                 25                                               -1

Bryson DeChambeau                   26                                               E

Louis Oosthuizen                         27                                                E

Charles Howell III                        28                                                 E

Lucas Glover                               29                                                 E

Jason Kokrak                              30                                                 E


Lucas Glover is the 29th ranked golfer. He begins the tournament in a big hole, starting at even par to Thomas’ 10-under.

“It will be interesting,” Glover said. “You’ve got to make birdies regardless. I’ve just got to make 10 more than usual.”

Inaugural Year for System

This is the first year for the scoring system for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and like Glover, players aren’t sure what to make of it. Patrick Cantlay, who is No. 2 on the list and starts at 8-under par, He told reporters on Sunday that he is going to treat it like a normal tournament.

“I’m not really, I haven’t done it before so I don’t know what to expect,” Cantlay said. “So, I’m just going to go out and have a good game plan for the golf course and stick to that and let the chips fall where they do.”

The FedEx Cup Playoffs has already had one change that the pros didn’t seem to mind. Last year there were three tournaments in the playoffs leading up to the Tour Championship. This year, there were only two.

As a result, golfers had one less tournament to try and get to the season-ending event. Some of the notable players that didn’t qualify for this week were Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, and Jim Furyk.

Your 2018 Champion is not Tiger

Tiger Woods, who was the defending champion, missed out on trying to repeat by 12 spots, after a tie for 37th last week at the BMW Championship.

Had the new scoring system been in place Woods would not have won. With the scoring system Woods would have began the 2018 Tour Championship at 2-under par, based on his No. 20 ranking going into that event.

Without the format Woods won by two shots over Billy Horschel. With the system he would have finished second to Justin Rose. Rose was the No. 2 ranked golfer and would have began the first round at 8-under par.

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