FedExCup playoffs boost standing of PGA Tour in world ranking points

Nick Watney
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Nick Watney's victory at The Barclays stands out because of the strength of its field.
By
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 | 1:32 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Most of the world's best players are going to the Middle East in the winter and the Far East in the fall, to play a series of events on the European Tour.

But over the course of the year, the PGA Tour is where the biggest offering of world ranking points can be found.

Throw out the four majors and the four World Golf Championships, and the PGA Tour averaged 46.7 points for the winner of its tournaments, compared with 34.9 points for the winner of regular European Tour events.

Add the majors and the WGCs, and the winner received an average of 54.3 points on the PGA Tour and 44.6 points on the European Tour.

The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth is guaranteed 64 points as the flagship even on the European Tour. After that, the strongest fields on the European Tour (based on points awarded the winner) were Abu Dhabi and the season-ending event in Dubai (58 points), and the BMW Masters in Shanghai (56).

The Players Championship gets 80 points as the PGA Tour's flagship event. That was followed by The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship (74), the BMW Championship (70), Memorial (68), and the Northern Trust Open and Tour Championship (62).

Along with attracting the best from all over the world -- the top 28 players in the world are PGA Tour members -- it is helped immensely in the ranking by the FedExCup playoffs. Those events are nearly as strong as WGCs.

An argument could be made that The Barclays features the strongest field of any PGA Tour event, including The Players Championship. It might not have as many players from the top 50 or top 100 in the world ranking, but it has the top 125 players based on current form.


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