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Fedexcup Playoff Feature

With six years already its belt, the PGA's FedExCup has given golf fans and golf players alike what they've been wanting all these years - a great reason to keep watching and playing after the last Major is complete.

With a staggering amount of prize money luring the best of the best to four straight events in four weeks in some of the most well-known cities in the United States, the playoffs begin in New York this year, then visit Boston and Chicago before culminating in the Tour Championships in Atlanta.

For the uninitiated, the playoff field is constructed by awarding points to players during the season for each event they play in based on the size of the event and their finish in the field.

The winner of each PGA Tour event receives 500 points, the winner of each Major gets 600 points, the winner of each World Golf championship event receives 500 points and additional events, those played in the same week as other tournaments, net the winner 300 points.

Each tournament's non-winners receive points on a graduated scale based on their overall finish.

At year's end, the Top 125 players are invited to the first playoff - the Barclays, which begins Thursday in New Jersey - an event at which points awarded are quintupled - i.e. the winner gets 2,500 instead of 500.

When the tournament ends, the points are added and the players reordered, with the Top 100 moving on to the next event, which takes place in Boston.

At the conclusion of that event, the top 70 players move on to Chicago, and then the top 30 head to the Championship, which is held in Atlanta, with the overall winner claiming $10 million in addition to any other prize money won during the four tournaments.

In four of the six years of the playoff's existence, including the last three in a row, the winner of the Tour Championship event has also been the overall winner.

The point-scoring system was revised in 2009 to keep scores in the thousands, where as in the first two years of the event, totals reached into the hundreds of thousands.

In its current format, the widest margin of victory was by Snedker, who last year won by 4,100 points after being ranked just 19th entering the playoffs.

The slimmest margin of victory came in 2011, when American Bill Haas won by just 15 points over fellow American Webb Simpson.

An American has won the tournament every year except for 2008, when the title went to Fiji's Vijay Singh.

Tiger Woods is the only two-time winner, taking the crown in 2007 and 2009.

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