The Tour Championship feels separate from the rest of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and in some ways, it stands out that way. The amount of money at stake — $45 million split between 30 golfers — dwarfs every other prize pool in golf, and while winning that trophy is prestigious, capturing the $15 million that comes with it can be life-changing for several golfers in this field.
Last year, in the first iteration of these playoffs, Rory McIlroy took home the first $15 million first prize (it was previously $10 million). This year, Dustin Johnson went wire-to-wire at the Tour Championship to cash the huge first-place prize.
That’s not to say getting second is a bad thing. The runner-up netted $5 million, while third place got $4 million and so on down the list.
Even those who struggled at East Lake took home six-figure…