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Riley Hamel

Tournaments, dates, courses and what’s at stake in the 2023 FedEx Cup Playoffs

Hard to believe it’s already August, and that means it’s time for the 2023 FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The field for the first event, the FedEx St. Jude Championship, is official now that final putt has dropped at the Wyndham Championship.

The defending champion at TPC Southwind, Will Zalatoris, will not be in the field as he hasn’t played since withdrawing from the Masters due to injury.

There are several other big names not there as well, including Justin Thomas (71) and Adam Scott (72), who missed the top-70 cutoff.

To get you ready for the home stretch of the PGA Tour season, we put together everything you need to know for every stop of the postseason including dates, course, defending champion and what’s on the line for everyone in the field.

FedEx St. Jude Championship

Will Zalatoris holds the trophy after winning the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind in Memphis. (Photo: Christine Tannous/The Commercial Appeal)

Dates: Aug. 10-13

Course, location: TPC Southwind; Memphis, Tennessee

Defending champion: Will Zalatoris

Field: Top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings

The field in Memphis is made up of the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings after the reguler-season ending Wyndham Championship, down from 125 from previous seasons.

Every player in the field will receive top-125 status for next season. This gets them into every full-field event and the Players at TPC Sawgrass. Players who don’t make the BMW Championship field – Nos. 70-51 – will carry their points – including the ones they earned at TPC Southwind – into the fall where they’ll have an opportunity to earn their way into the Sentry Tournament of Champions field, the first signature event of 2024.

Purse: $20 million; $3.6 million to the winner.

BMW Championship

Patrick Cantlay poses with the BMW Trophy and The Western Golf Association Trophy after winning the 2022 BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Dates: Aug. 17-20

Course, location: Olympia Fields Country Club; Olympia Fields, Illinois

Defending champion: Patrick Cantlay

Field: Top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings

After Memphis, only the top 50 advance to Week 2 of the playoffs. Every player that makes it to the 2023 BMW Championship is eligible all every signature event in 2024. That includes The Sentry, which was previously limited to the past season’s winners and Tour Championship qualifiers.

Purse: $20 million; $3.6 million to the winner.

Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy holds up the trophy on the 18th green after winning the TOUR Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Dates: Aug. 24-27

Course, location: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta

Defending champion: Rory McIlroy

Field: Top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings

Players who make it to East Lake earn two-year exemptions on Tour, an invitation to the Masters and, most likely, invitations to the U.S. Open and Open (those two events have yet to release their exemption criteria for 2024).

Purse: $75 million; $18 million to the winner.

The winner in Atlanta receives a five-year Tour exemption and an $18 million FedEx Cup prize. The runner-up earns $6.5 million, while last place gets $500,000. A nice guaranteed paycheck to end the season. The money earned at the Tour Championship is considered “bonus” money and is not part of the calculation to determine the season-long money title. But it spends just the same.

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