If the new format were in play this week, No. 1 Bryson DeChambeau would begin the tournament at 10 under.
The PGA Tour ran thousands of computer simulations to try and approximate as best it could the point differential in play now to the strokes-based bonuses that will be used in the future.
The FedExCup play-offs will also be reduced from four events to three, with the Dell Technologies Championship removed from the schedule.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - With the upcoming 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule reflecting previously announced, significant structural changes, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan today unveiled further innovations that elevate the entire FedExCup season - from the Regular Season through the FedExCup Playoffs and ultimately, at the Playoffs Finale, the TOUR Championship.
As reported in August by The Associated Press, beginning next season, the FedExCup victor will be determined exclusively based on the outcome of the Tour Championship, and players will start the week at East Lake with a predetermined total based on their position on the points list.
Thomas is one of five players who would win the FedExCup with victory at East Lake in Atlanta on Sunday, although he could also retain the title with a top-three finish before he heads to Le Golf National for his Ryder Cup debut next week.
As for the playoffs, they start with a 125-man field at The Northern Trust, and the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship before the field is trimmed to 30 players for the Tour Championship. 26-30 start at even par. It was the second time there were two winners on Sunday.
"Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity".
Woods is now 20th in the FedEx Cup point standings, but every golfer in the field could potentially end the season by claiming the FedEx Cup.
Also, significantly more money will be put into the points race and playoff format, with the victor to receive a $15 million bonus starting next season. "Several important refinements have been made along the way to help accelerate the FedExCup's universal acceptance as a tremendous achievement in professional golf". For how much pride we take in our wins, I think that that's something that's going to be a little different. "It will make for a very exciting and dramatic four days".
Along with the announcement of the $15-million top prize, the PGA Tour also confirmed the August report that the playoffs would be moving forward in the schedule to finish before the National Football League season begins in September and cut down from four events to three. Or a hockey game where the team that finished higher in the regular season received a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs.
While that part of the change is an improvement, it might take some getting used to a tournament where a player as a 10-shot advantage over others before the first tee ball is struck.
"We have come to a resolution, " said Pazder, the tour's chief tournament and competitions officer, on Tuesday at East Lake, site of this week's tournament. He's our season-long champion.
In addition to the $10 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10, the existing FedExCup bonus pool will increase by $25 million, to $60 million. Instead, the player with the lowest score at the end of the week will win The Tour Championship, the FedExCup and $15 million. "We are able to grow and diversify our fan base because we have the best athletes on the planet competing on the PGA TOUR". "As play moves on through the week, we're just looking at a scoreboard". The new version of the PGA Tour's season-ending tournament is going to be FedEx Cup 101. "They shared our vision for how we can challenge ourselves to raise level of excitement and fan engagement throughout the season up until the moment our FedExCup Champion is determined".