Xander Schauffele became the first champion of 2019 and first multiple winner of the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season with a heroic comeback in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui. The 25- year-old fired an 11-under 62 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua to overcome a five-stroke deficit to win his fourth career PGA TOUR title. It was Schauffele’s second victory in as many starts, having captured the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in October.
With the win, Schauffele, the 2017 TOUR Championship winner, collected 500 FedExCup points and ascended back to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings in his quest to reach the TOUR Championship for the third consecutive season. Since the inception of the FedExCup competition in 2007, no player has failed to qualify for the TOUR Championship after winning twice or more during a season.
The TOUR Championship will return to East Lake one month earlier on Aug. 21-25, 2019, when top 30 players from the FedExCup standings will vie for the FedExCup title at the PGA TOUR’s season-ending event. As a rookie in 2017, Schauffele earned his second PGA TOUR title at the TOUR Championship, edging eventual FedExCup champion Justin Thomas by one stroke. Schauffele went on to earn PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors as one of two rookies to qualify for the TOUR Championship.
Gary Woodland holds the No. 2 spot in the standings after nearly claiming his fourth PGA TOUR victory in Maui. Another 2018 TOUR Championship qualifier, Woodland held the 54-hole lead by three strokes and carded a final- round, bogey-free 5-under 68, which left him one stroke out of a playoff following Schauffele’s stellar round.
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Along with the date change in 2019, the TOUR Championship will introduce a new format to determine the FedExCup champion. Instead of a FedExCup point reset at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the top 30 players in the FedExCup standings will be awarded starting strokes for round one based on their position.
The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the TOUR Championship at 10-under par. The next four players will start at 8-under through 5-under, respectively. The next five will begin at 4-under, regressing by one stroke per five players until those ranked Nos. 26-30 start at even par.
The player with the lowest stroke total including starting strokes in the TOUR Championship after 72 holes of competition will be named the winner of the FedExCup and will be awarded an official PGA TOUR victory.
Tickets to the 2019 TOUR Championship are currently available for purchase at TOURChampionship.com/tickets. As a reminder to all fans, youth 18 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult.