Comprehensive guide to the FedEx Cup Playoffs

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The first playoff event has come and gone, and Tony Finau has vaulted to the top of the FedEx Cup points list after his second career win on the PGA TOUR.

The long-hitting Finau finally ended his winless drought after 143 events, claiming the Northern Trust with a playoff victory over Cameron Smith on Monday.

The field now shrinks from 125 players to 70 for this week's BMW Championship at Caves Valley, with the race tightening for the final bonus prize of $15 million.

Here's all you need to know as the playoffs shift to the BMW Championship.

Current points list

1st: Tony Finau
2nd: Jon Rahm
3rd: Cameron Smith
4th: Patrick Cantlay
5th: Justin Thomas
6th: Collin Morikawa
7th: Jordan Spieth
8th:
9th: Justin Thomas
10th: Sam Burns

See all 125 players who made the playoffs.

Schedule

The Northern Trust

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When: Aug. 19-22
Where: Liberty National Golf Course, Jersey City, New Jersey
Field: Top 125 on points list
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson

The TOUR returns to Liberty National for the fourth time, with stunning views of New York sure to steal the show. Patrick Reed emerged victorious two years ago at this track, with Johnson blowing away the field by 11 shots last year when the event was in Boston.

BMW Championship

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When: Aug. 26-29
Where: Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Maryland
Field: Top 70 on points list
Defending champion: Jon Rahm

The top 70 players after the Northern Trust will tee it up in the BMW Championship.

The tournament heads to Caves Valley this season, but the scenes from the 18th green at last year's event at Olympia Fields are still etched in everyone's mind. Jon Rahm made an outrageous 66-foot curling putt to claim victory over Johnson in epic fashion.

This is the first time the TOUR heads to Caves Valley and represents the first event in the Baltimore area in almost 60 years.

Tour Championship

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When: Sept. 2-5
Where: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
Field: Top 30 on points list
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson

For the third year in a row, the Tour Championship will use a modified leaderboard to reward players with higher positions on the FedEx Cup points list. Last year, Xander Schauffele actually posted the lowest 72-hole score at East Lake but was unable to overcome Johnson, who entered play with a two-stroke advantage thanks to his No. 1 spot in the rankings.

Here's how the leaderboard will look heading into the opening round of the Tour Championship.

FedEx Cup seed Tour Championship starting score
1 -10
2 -8
3 -7
4 -6
5 -5
6-10 -4
11-15 -3
16-20 -2
21-25 -1
26-30 E

Past FedEx Cup winners

2020: Dustin Johnson
2019: Rory McIlroy
2018: Justin Rose
2017: Justin Thomas
2016: Rory McIlroy
2015: Jordan Spieth
2014: Billy Horschel
2013: Henrik Stenson
2012: Brandt Snedeker
2011: Bill Haas
2010: Jim Furyk
2009: Tiger Woods
2008: Vijay Singh
2007: Tiger Woods

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