The 2015 Tour Championship golf tournament on the PGA Tour, which is the fourth and final playoff tournament in the 2015 FedEx Cup playoffs, is taking place this week from September 24-27, 2015, at the private East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the PGA players at the 2015 Tour Championship.
As mentioned above, the Tour Championship is the last of the four playoff tournaments in the 2015 FedEx Cup playoffs. Only the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup points system are eligible to play in the 2015 Tour Championship. There is no cut this week and all 30 players will earn a nice paycheck and bonus playing in the 2015 Tour Championship.
Since the FedEx Cup playoffs began in 2007, no player has won the Tour Championship more than once. The previous eight winners of the Tour championship are Tiger Woods (2007), Camilo Villegas (2008), Phil Mickelson (2009), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Henrik Stenson (2013), and Billy Horschel (2014). All of those previous winners, except for Phil Mickelson and Camilo Villegas, also won the FedEx Cup and $10 million bonus when they won the Tour Championship.
All FedEx Cup points have been reset after the BMW Championship. Jason Day leads the field with 2,000 points followed by Jordan Spieth with 1,800 points in second and Rickie Fowler with 1,600 points in third and the points keep dropping all the way to Harris English in 30th place with 168 points. Winning the Tour Championship is worth 2,000 points followed by 1,200 points for second place, 760 for third and the points keep dropping to 164 for 30th place.
The top five players in the reset points, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson all control their own destinies in terms of winning the FedEx Cup in 2015 and the rich $10 million bonus prize. In 5th place, Bubba Watson currently has 1,280 points. If Bubba Watson wins the Tour Championship he will have 3,280 points so even if Jason Day finishes alone in second place Jason would only have 3,200 points and Bubba would win the Fed Ex Cup.
Any player from 6th place on down who wins the Tour Championship would need the top players to finish far enough down in the standings for that player to win the FedEx Cup. Total prize money for the 2015 Tour Championship has been raised 3.1% from $8 million in 2014 to $8.25 million this year.
- Winner – $1.485 million
The winner of the 2015 Tour Championship will earn a cool $1.485 million. That is up 3.1% over the $1.44 million that Billy Horschel earned when he won this tournament last year. Winning the Tour Championship is really worth a lot more than $1.485 million because the winner gets 2,000 FedEx Cup points which will move even the 30th ranked player into a position to earn substantial money from the $35 million FedEx Cup playoff bonus pool. Six out of the eight previous winners of the Tour championship also won the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus including Billy Horschel last year.
- Second place – $891,000
Second place at the 2015 Tour Championship is worth $891,000. Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk split $1.146 million with each player earning $708,000 when they tied for second place last year. Rory McIlroy ended up finishing in third place last year in the FedEx Cup standings. That was worth a $2 million bonus from the $35 million FedEx Cup bonus pool.
- Third place – $561,000
Third place is worth $561,000 at the 2015 Tour Championship. Jim Furyk, who finished tied for second in this tournament last year, ended up finishing in fourth place in the 2014 FedEx Cup standings. Furyk’s fourth place finish was worth a bonus of $1.5 million. Jim Furyk has earned $14.96 million in FedEx Cup bonus money which is the second most behind Tiger Woods. Furyk will add to his total this year while Tiger will not.
- Fourth place – $395,000
Fourth place at the 2015 Tour Championship is worth $395,000. Jason Day, Justin Rose, and Chris Kirk split $1.03 million with each player earning $343,333,33 when they all tied for fourth place last year. Chris Kirk ended up finishing in second place last year in the FedEx Cup standings which earned him a cool $3 million bonus.
- Fifth place – $330,000
Fifth place is worth $330,000 at the 2015 Tour Championship. Jason Day, who tied for fourth place in the Tour Championship last year, finished the 2014 FedEx Cup in 10th place which was worth a bonus of $500,000. Justin Rose finished in 11th place in the Fed Ex Cup standings in 2014. Justin’s 11th place finish was worth a bonus of $300,000.
After fifth place, the Tour Championship prize money drops to $297,000 for sixth place followed by $284,000 for seventh place, $268,000 for eighth place and the money keeps dropping by increments all the way down to $132,000 for 30th place. All 30 players will also earn FedEx Cup playoff bonus money. The 30th spot is worth $175,000 in bonus money, so the least amount of money any player playing in the 2015 Tour Championship is going to earn this week is $307,000.