Abraham Ancer, Cameron Champ among four-man field in Northern Trust Charity Challenge

Abraham Ancer, Cameron Champ, Charley Hoffman and Marc Leishman will participate in the Northern Trust Charity Challenge Wednesday at TPC (...)

Abraham Ancer, Cameron Champ among four-man field in Northern Trust Charity Challenge

Abraham Ancer, Cameron Champ, Charley Hoffman and Marc Leishman will participate in the Northern Trust Charity Challenge Wednesday at TPC Boston. And if you hear them cry “Wolf,” just know they are asking for help from Matthew Wolff.

The nine-hole televised event with a $300,000 purse will be at 2-4 p.m. Eastern.

The Charity Challenge will be played on the back nine at TPC Boston in the Wolf format, in which all four players will compete independently to earn money for organizations benefitting education and youth services in the Greater Boston area. The winning golfer receives $125,000 for his chosen charity, second place receives $75,000 and third and fourth earn $50,000.

In the Wolf format, the “Wolf” is the first player to tee off. The order the players will tee off is decided prior to the round, and the teeing order is rotated at each hole. After each player tees off, the “Wolf” decides whether to take that player as a teammate, wait for the next player to tee off and choose him or play as a “Lone Wolf” after all three have teed off and attempt to earn the lowest score on the hole.

The player who wins the hole earns one point, but a “Lone Wolf” earns up to five points for the lowest score. The “Lone Wolf” point determination is based on when they decided to play the hole without a teammate.

Wednesday’s charity event also will include two challenge holes for a bonus pool of $150,000: the par-4 12th for a longest-drive contest and the par-3 16th for a closest-to-the-pin contest. These bonus challenge holes benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank and The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.

The Charity Challenge can be watched on PGA Tour Live, Golf Channel, GolfTV and the PGA Tour’s social channels.

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2020 FedEx Cup Playoff Guide: Who's in, who's out, how does it work, where is it played

NORTON, Mass. — The PGA Tour season has felt disjointed thanks to a prolonged break due to the coronavirus pandemic, but after Jim Herman (...)

2020 FedEx Cup Playoff Guide: Who's in, who's out, how does it work, where is it played

NORTON, Mass. — The PGA Tour season has felt disjointed thanks to a prolonged break due to the coronavirus pandemic, but after Jim Herman won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, the 2019-20 regular season concluded.

Last year, Patrick Reed won the first event in the re-formatted FedEx Cup playoffs, the Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. This year, the event has picked up stakes and moved north on I-95, and now TPC Boston is hosting the first round of the 2020 postseason.

The playoffs will look and sound different this year because there will be no fans lining the fairways at the tournaments, but there are millions of dollars on the line every week.

Here is everything you need to know about the playoffs and how the next three weeks will work.

Who’s in, who’s out?

Since last September at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, PGA Tour players have been earning FedEx Cup points based on their performances. Ten events in the spring and summer were canceled, including the British Open, but 12 events were completed after the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational.

The top 125 players on the FedEx Cup point list are eligible for this week’s Northern Trust. Golfers who finished above No. 125 on the list are done for the season. If someone withdraws before the tournament starts, there will not be an alternate added to the field.

Among the notable players who failed to qualify for this season’s playoffs are former Masters champions Charl Schwartzel (No. 128), Sergio Garcia (135) and Danny Willett (146), 2009 British Open champion Stewart Cink (144) and 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner (164).

Round 1 – The Northern Trust

The Northern Trust has a 125-player field and is the only FedEx Cup playoff event with a 36-hole cut. The low-65 players and ties will play the final 36 holes and earn more FedEx Cup points. Only golfers who finish ranked No. 70 or better on the FedEx Cup point list after the Northern Trust’s conclusion will advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Patrick Reed hits his approach shot to the 18th green during the final round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course. Photo by Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports

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Patrick Reed hits his approach shot to the 18th green during the final round of the 2019 Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Course. Photo by Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports

Making cut will be especially crucial at the Northern Trust because any golfer who starts the week ranked No. 71 or worse on the FedEx Cup point list and who misses the cut will fail to advance in the playoffs.

Numerous big names need solid performances this week if they want to crack the top 70 and continue their seasons, including Ian Poulter (85), Rickie Fowler (88), Tommy Fleetwood (89), Brooks Koepka (97), Brandt Snedeker (98) and Jordan Spieth (100). 2018 FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose starts this season’s playoffs ranked No. 109.

Round 2 – BMW Championship

The BMW Championship will be contested on the North Course at Olympia Fields Golf Club outside Chicago Aug. 27-30. Only players who rank No. 70 or better on the points list can play.

There is no cut at the BMW Championship, so every player in the field will play all four rounds and earn FedEx Cup points. However, only players ranked No. 30 or better on the list will qualify for the following week’s Tour Championship.

Many things can change between now and the end of the BMW Championship, but golfers who are just outside the top 30 include 2019 U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland (33), Jason Day (45) and Tiger Woods (49).

Round 3 – The Tour Championship

The PGA Tour’s season-ending event will once again take place at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Thirty players will qualify for the event, and there will be no cut, but the Tour Championship will have a unique start.

After the conclusion of the BMW Championship, the golfer ranked No. 1 on the FedEx Cup point list will start the Tour Championship with a score of -10, a reward for accumulating the most points throughout the season.

Based on where the other players rank on the point list, they will start between two and 10 shots behind the leader:

Player rank Starting position
1 10 under
2 8 under
3 7 under
4 6 under
5 5 under
6-10 4 under
11-15 3 under
16-20 2 under
21-25 1 under
26-30 Even
Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy signs pin flags after winning the 2019 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Aug. 25, 2019 in Atlanta. Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Once players are assigned their starting scores and play begins at the Tour Championship, FedEx Cup points become meaningless.

Whoever wins the Tour Championship will also win the FedEx Cup and the $15 million prize.

Last season, Justin Thomas entered the Tour Championship ranked No. 1 and started at -10. Still, Rory McIlroy, who started the week fifth on the point list, wound up winning the tournament and the FedEx Cup even though he began the week five shots behind Thomas.

List of FedEx Cup champions

Year Golfer
2019 Rory McIlroy
2018 Justin Rose
2017 Justin Thomas
2016 Rory McIlroy
2015 Jordan Spieth
2014 Bill 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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