It then becomes more complicated the further down the FedEx Cup standings including the No 20 ranked Tiger Woods, and a victor of the FedEx Cup in 2007 and 2009.
Tiger Woods is back in the Tour Championship field for the first time since 2013, a season in which he won five tournaments but finished second to Henrik Stenson in the overall points race after a mediocre T22 in Atlanta.
The unofficial US PGA Tour event, to be held at Metropolitan Golf Club from November 22-25, has come under heavy scrutiny since the top 28 eligible players were revealed last week.
This week's start at East Lake is particularly rewarding considering it's been five year's since he played the finale.
The 2018 PGA Tour season is finally coming to a close, just a week before the Ryder Cup, meaning this weekend's Tour Championship will be under the spotlight even more. "I'm not sure if it was true or not, but I heard that no one had been in the top five after winning the FedEx Cup". DeChambeau is already one of only eight men to win multiple postseason events in the same year (though Rory McIlroy did it twice).
"This was by far better than the 62 at Aronimink", Woods said.
"It's two years from now and to have played that consistently for that period of time is something I'd like to see happen, I just need to go do it". "I didn't know how many tournaments I'd play in, and next thing you know, here I am in the Tour Championship".
"You take these changes and you combine them with the new and improved schedule, and we think this is a significant step forward", Monahan said.
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Mourinho said: "I think Paul, he came from the World Cup, he was the last one to come because he played the final". You don't need to have experiences at the highest level to learn that.
Woods, 42, has acknowledged that winning is more hard than it has ever been with the amount of young talent on Tour.
Since returning officially to the US Tour in January, Woods' 17 events have yielded two runner-up finishes among six top 10s and 11 top 25s.
The experienced Woods (14.5) and Mickelson (21.5) have collected a scintillating 36 of USA's 67 points, with Bubba Watson registering a paltry three points from three Ryder Cup appearances (2010, 2012 and 2014).
"It makes it a lot less complicated, that's for sure", Woods said. Hit a 3-wood there, and with an iron, I probably would have shanked it. But stranger things have happened - and the Queenslander is prepared to give it everything he's got after rediscovering his best form during the season-ending playoffs.
"I've come close in a couple events and it's about putting it together at the right time. That's something that'll hopefully come together this week". I know money has become a little less meaningful for a lot of the top players, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have any value. He said over the summer that he expects his game to be even better in 2019 as he adjusts to his new equipment and what his body is able to do at 42 and with a fused back.
Woods has developed a greater appreciation for the game after his injury-forced absence and hinted at an interest in representing the United States at the next Olympics.
"That would be an accomplishment, to be a part of one of the top American players", he said. Obviously, it's two years from now.
"Put it this way. Maybe I'll have more of a chance to win".
"It's something that I haven't done in a number of years, and this is a good starting point".