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Golf Talk Today: How massive is Scottie Scheffler’s FedEx Cup lead?

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Yesterday’s discussion of Scottie Scheffler and how much prize money he’s won this year was mind-blowing, but look at how big his lead in the FedExCup is.

So how far ahead of the former Texas Longhorn is Scheffler in winnings over other PGA Tour players? Scheffler has already earned $27,696,858, but the amount he’d take home if he wins the FedEx Cup would be a surprise.

In 15 starts, this player has already had six wins, two runner-up finishes, 13 top 10s and 14 top 25s. In those 15 starts, he has only missed the top 20 once, which came at Pinehurst II and the U.S. Open.

Photo: Mike Ehrman/Getty Images

Scheffler missed out on the FedExCup crown in Atlanta the past two years, with Viktor Hovland winning in 2023 and Rory McIlroy winning in 2022.

The 28-year-old was happy in Atlanta, but was unable to finish practice and hoist the Tour Championship trophy.

Could 2024 be that year for him? With a major championship and at least three FedEx Cup playoffs, how big will that lead be?

Last year, the PGA Tour scaled back the playoff field for the inaugural tournament — the top 70 instead of the top 125 — and they’ll play at TPC Southwind in the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis.

The top 50 will compete in the BMW Championship, then the top 30 will play in Atlanta.

Since 2019, the PGA Tour has implemented a stroke-based system for the Tour Championship. Points Leader The tournament starts at 10 under and strokes go down from there.

Scheffler is likely to start at 10 under par in Atlanta, just like he has the past two years.

This year, the FedEx Cup winner will take home $25 million, up from $18 million last year.

2024 FedEx Cup Standings (Top 30)

*As of June 24, 2024

1: Scottie Scheffler: 5,768
2: Xander Schauffele: 3,257
3: Rory McIlroy: 2,445
4: Collin Morikawa: 2,241
5: Wyndham Clark: 2,088
6: Ludvig Åberg: 1,992
7: Hideki Matsuyama: 1,893
8: Sahith Teegala: 1,845
9: Patrick Cantlay: 1,717
10: Ahn Byung-hun: 1,620
11: Shane Lowry: 1,592
12: Tony Finau: 1,579
13: Mathieu Pavón: 1,558
14: Lim Sung-jae: 1,500
15: Akshay Bhatia: 1,422
16: Justin Thomas: 1,412
17: Sepp Straka: 1,410
18: Tom Hogue: 1,406
19: Russell Henley: 1,371
20: Christiaan Bezuidenhout: 1,370
21: Brian Harman: 1,362
22: Chris Kirk: 1,280
23: Stefan Jaeger: 1,207
24: Tommy Fleetwood: 1,203
25: Sam Burns: 1,181
26: Max Homa: 1,175
27: Thomas Detry: 1,173
28: Jason Day: 1,173
29: JT Poston: 1,165
30: Taylor Pendris:

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