The FedEx Cup is a championship trophy for the PGA Tour. Players compete throughout the year, beginning with the Mercedes Benz Championship (Jan. 8-11) and concluding with the Wyndham Championship (Aug. 20-23) for FedExCup points in each Regular Season event. (In most events, the winner receives 500 points.)
At the start of the Playoffs, the top 125 points-earners in the Regular Season compete at The Barclays, with points values quintupled. Points earned in the first three Playoff events are added to points earned throughout the Regular Season.
The top 100 points-earners following The Barclays will be eligible to play the Deutsche Bank Championship, and similarly, the top 70 points-earners following that event will be eligible for the BMW Championship.
Following the conclusion of the BMW Championship, points will be reset for the top 30 points-earners to that time, who will go on to compete in THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. All players in the top 30 will have a chance to win the FedExCup, depending on how other players finish. The top 5 seeds control their own destiny, in the sense that a victory at THE TOUR Championship will guarantee winning the FedExCup.