- The Tour Championship
The Tour Championship (sometimes typeset as THE TOUR Championship) was historically the final event of golf's
PGA Tourseason. Since 2007, it has been the final event of the FedEx Cup, the competition for the first official championship trophy for the PGA Tour season. Beginning in 1997, the event alternated between Champions Golf Clubin Houston, Texasand East Lake Golf Clubin Atlanta, Georgia; since 2004, East Lake has been the event's permanent home. It is one of the richest tournaments on the tour.
Through 2006, the top 30 money winners on the PGA Tour after the penultimate event qualified for the event. It took place in early November, the week after the comparable event in Europe, the
Volvo Masters, which allowed players who are members of both the PGA Tour and the European Tourto play in both end of season events. After the Tour Championship, the money list for the season was finalized. There were, and still are, a number of additional events between the Tour Championship and Christmas which are recognized by the PGA Tour, but prize money won in them is unofficial. Also, because this tournament's field is not as large as other golf tournaments, there is no 36-hole cut; all players who start the event are credited with making the cut and receive some prize money.
Since 1998, the Tour Championship winner, if not already exempt by other means, receives a [http://www.pgatour.com/players/pgatour-exempt/ 3-year PGA Tour exemption (Category-5)]
2007, the Tour Championship moved from its November date to a date in mid-September, where it ends a four-tournament "Chase for the FedEx Cup"; this was announced on the Wednesday of the week of the 2005event. As in past years, 30 players qualify for the event, but the basis for qualification is FedEx Cup points amassed during the season instead of prize money. Despite the tournament's status as the final FedEx Cup event, the trophy will not necessarily be awarded to the winner of the Tour Championship. The FedEx Cupwill instead go to the player who has accumulated the most FedEx Cup points for the entire season. As it turned out, Tiger Woodswon both the 2007 Tour Championship and the inaugural FedEx Cup. The season, however, does not end there — 2007 was also the inaugural year for the Tour's Fall Series (also known as the "Quest for the Card"), which determines the rest of the Top 125 players eligible for the following year's FedEx Cup.
2008 Tournament purse
Breakdown of the $7,000,000 purse for the 2008 Tour Championship
Prizes shown below are awarded for finishes in the Tour Championship itself. "See also:" FedEx Cup bonus pool payouts
* [http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r060 Coverage on the PGA Tour's official site]
* [http://188.8.131.52/cgi.pan$winners&Tour_Championship&&pga?golfstats Past Results of the Tour Championship: 1987-2007] -- Complete field final scores and earnings of each event played
* [http://www.eastlakegolfclub.com East Lake Golf Club official site]
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