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The FedEx Cup Backstory

The silver FedExCup will be presented to the winner of the tournament

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    LEMONT, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Camilo Villegas of Colombia tees off on the ninth hole during the third round of the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on September 11, 2010 in Lemont, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Camilo Villegas

    The FedExCup was inaugurated to the PGA Tour in 2007 and the third-leg of the competition became part of a points system.

    PGA Tour members earn points throughout the season based on high finishes and wins. The top 125 players advance to the FedExCup Playoffs, which follow up the four PGA Tour Season competitions – The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and the Final Tour Championship by Coca-Cola.

    Conway Farms for the first time will host the PGA Tour and the BMW Championship Tournament during its third leg.

    The four playoff events will offer $32 million in prize money and over the four weeks of intense competition, a total of $67 million is up for grabs. By the end of round three, the final 30 competitors will be distinguished and go on to compete during the last-leg of the tournament.

    The J.K. Wadley Trophy, a silver cup engraved with the names of golf legends, and donated by J.K. Wadley in 1923 will be presented to the winner.

    Wadley was a successful businessman Texarkana, Ark. He learned how to play golf by two-time Western Open winner Jim Barnes who served as a Western Golf Association director from 1921-1924.