With over 30 years as a PGA member, Teed Up Golf Tours’ Director of Golf, Michael (Mike) Mosher, sits down to share his thoughts on the 2019 FedEx Cup.
Mike has extensive golfing experience and has been rated a AAA golf professional for the last 15 years. Mike is also a multi-awarded PGA Golf Professional, playing not only throughout Australasia, but also in Canada and Japan.
The FedExCup is a season-long points competition, which has a playoff system consisting of a series of three events to determine the FedExCup champion. It was first established in 2007, when Tiger Woods was the winner – and he went on to win it again in 2009.
Others to hoist the FedExCup trophy include Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Henrik Stenson (2013), Billy Horschel (2014), Jordan Spieth (2015), Rory McIlroy (2016), Justin Thomas (2017) and most recently, Justin Rose (2018).
The total bonus pool for the FedExCup is $70 million, with the FedExCup champion earning $15 million. Sponsored by Wyndham, there is a Regular Season bonus pool of $10 million, which is tied to the final Regular Season FedExCup standings.
This year, a strokes-based system – FedExCup Starting Strokes – was introduced for the FedExCup Playoffs finale and the TOUR championship which is related to the FedExCup standings and players will start the opening round with scores between 10 under to even par.
It will replace the system currently in use this week (and since 2009), in which FedExCup points are reset going into East Lake. Instead of two separate leaderboards – one for the tournament, the other for the FedExCup race – the 2019 TOUR Championship will have one leaderboard for a single, decisive winner.
We asked resident Michael ‘Mike’ Mosher about his FedExCup thoughts.
What makes the FedEx Cup stand out/ from the rest?
“The cash! $10 million for first makes it jump out!”
What’s your opinion on the format of the FedEx Cup?
“I also really like the formatand it builds interest as well”
How do you rate the courses (Liberty National Golf Club, Medinah Country Club and East Lake Golf Club)?
“The courses are great and it’s good to have them in different areas, bringing the best to everyone!”
Do you think there will be repeat success for Justin Rose and Tiger Woods?
“I doubt it; Tiger looks worn out and is carrying some injuries, and Rose just looks off the mark a little.”
Players to watch?
“Without doubt – Brookes Koepka – he is a stand out at the moment”
Your pick to win the cup?
“I hate picking favourites, so Xander Schauffele is my pick. I think he is ready to break through for a big win.”
Do you like the FedEx Cup concept?
“I do and I don’t really .. I like the event but not sure if I like the way The PGA Tour have invented it to keep the players in the US for longer in the year…I think this is hurting countries like Australia, because the players are buggered by the end of FedEx Cup and won’t travel after it -most choose to rest after it instead.”
Mike’s final remarks:
“Sign up for our 100 Club and get to play some of these courses!”
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