A closer look at all 11 FedExCup champions

By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 3:45 p.m.

Justin Thomas, who became a first-time major winner when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in August, capped off a career year by taking home the FedExCup Trophy at East Lake on Sunday.

Thomas finished second in the Tour Championship, but his season-long resume with five victories, including one at the Dell Technologies Championship in the playoffs, was enough to snag the Tiffany cup and the $10 million bonus that comes with it.

The victory also propelled Thomas past Jordan Spieth as the PGA of America's Player of the Year.

So what does it take to become a FedExCup champion? Great, play, obviously, but timing is massive as well.

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Just ask Bill Haas. The 2011 FedExCup Champion remains the only season-long winner to have had just one PGA Tour victory that season. It was a timely one, however, seeing as he did it at the Tour Championship.

Billy Horschel, the 2014 winner, also knows about timing. Horschel was having a mediocre season at best four years ago. He qualified for the playoffs, but after a missed cut at the Barclays, it looked as though the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston might be his final start of the season.

But not so fast. Horschel tied for second at that tournament and then rattled off two straight wins at the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship to flip the switch and turn an otherwise forgettable one into one players dream about.

Of the 10 FedExCup champions (Tiger Woods won twice), six are major winners and only Henrik Stenson in 2013 won the FedExCup before capturing a major.

There are only two instances in FedExCup history where the eventual winner didn't play all four events. Those players are Woods in 2007, who skipped the Barclays and Jim Furyk in 2010, who also missed the Barclays.

Furyk's situation, however, was different than Tiger's. Furyk was scheduled to play, but was disqualified from the tournament before it begane after missing his pro-am tee time.

Jordan Spieth is the only player in FedExCup history to miss the cut in more than one of the four events and still win. He missed back-to-back cuts at the Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship in 2015 before a T13 at the BMW Championship and a win at the Tour Championship.

Here's a breakdown of each FedExCup champion's winning season. Keep in mind "total money" does not include their respective $10 million bonus for winning the FedExCup:

2007 FedExCup Champion: Tiger Woods
Total money: $10,867,052
Victories: 7
Majors: 1 (PGA Championship)
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, DNP
- Deutsche Bank Championship, T2
- BMW Championship, Won
- Tour Championship, Won

2008 FedExCup Champion: Vijay Singh
Total money: $6,601,094
Victories: 3
Majors: 0
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, Won
- Deutsche Bank Championship, Won
- BMW Championship, T44
- Tour Championship, T22

2009 FedExCup Champion: Tiger Woods
Total money: $10,508,163
Victories: 6
Majors: 0
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, T2
- Deutsche Bank Championship, T11
- BMW Championship, Won
- Tour Championship, 2

2010 FedExCup Champion: Jim Furyk
Total money: $4,809,622
Victories: 3
Majors: 0
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, DNP
- Deutsche Bank Championship, T37
- BMW Championship, T15
- Tour Championship, Won

2011 FedExCup Champion: Bill Haas
Total money: $4,088,637
Victories: 1
Majors: 0
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, T24
- Deutsche Bank Championship, T61
- BMW Championship, T16
- Tour Championship, Won

2012 FedExCup Champion: Brandt Snedeker
Total money: $4,989,739
Victories: 2
Majors: 0
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, 2
- Deutsche Bank Championship, 6
- BMW Championship, T37
- Tour Championship, Won

2013 FedExCup Champion: Henrik Stenson
Total money: $6,388,230
Victories: 2
Majors: 0
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, T43
- Deutsche Bank Championship, Won
- BMW Championship, T33
- Tour Championship, Won

2014 FedExCup Champion: Billy Horschel
Total money: $4,814,787
Victories: 2
Majors: 0
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, Missed Cut
- Deutsche Bank Championship, T2
- BMW Championship, Won
- Tour Championship, Won

2015 FedExCup Champion: Jordan Spieth
Total money: $12,030,465
Victories: 5
Majors: 2 (Masters, U.S. Open)
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, Missed Cut
- Deutsche Bank Championship, Missed Cut
- BMW Championship, T13
- Tour Championship, Won

2016 FedExCup Champion: Rory McIlroy
Total money: $5,790,585
Victories: 2
Majors: 0
Playoff results:
- The Barclays, T31
- Deutsche Bank Championship, Won
- BMW Championship, T42
- Tour Championship, Won

2017 FedExCup Champion: Justin Thomas
Total money: $9,921,560
Victories: 5
Majors: 1 (PGA Championship)
Playoff results:
- The Northern Trust, T6
- Dell Technologies Championship, Won
- BMW Championship, T47
- Tour Championship, 2
 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.