In an interesting twist, though a player might have won a half-dozen tournaments early in the year, the point totals will be reset before the four championship series events. Those atop the regular-season points list will be seeded higher and assigned a new total based on his standing, but all 144 players who qualify have a mathematical chance of winning the $10 million bonus.
"If the New York Yankees win 115 games and win the American League East, they have to start all over," Finchem said. "It's a very volatile system, where a lot of players go into it with an opportunity to win."
After the first three championship series tournaments, the top 30 players in playoff points advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Whether fans will embrace the changes remains open to question. The LPGA adopted a points component this year as a means of qualifying for the season-ending ADT Championship in West Palm Beach -- which also will feature a huge payout -- and nobody has said much about it.
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