Why the $2 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10 winner could be decided in Memphis
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Why the $2 million Wyndham Rewards Top 10 winner could be decided in Memphis


It's a big Sunday in Memphis, as the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational closes at TPC Southwind with a blockbuster final pairing of Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy vying for the final World Golf Championships title of the season.

With just one event left in the regular season, next week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., this final round will likely determine the player who wins the inaugural Wyndham Rewards Top 10 -- and with it a $2 million first-place prize.

The Wyndham Rewards Top 10 pays out a bonus to the top 10 players in the final FedEx Cup regular season standings after the Wyndham Championship. (That's synergy.) However, none of the players currently in the top 10 are in next week's 2019 Wyndham Championship field at Sedgefield Country Club. The highest-ranked player in the field in Greensboro is No. 12 Chez Reavie, who could conceivably move into sixth place in the standings with a win and earn some of the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 bonus pool payout but could not win the $2 million first-place prize.

However, on Sunday at TPC Southwind, Koepka or McIlroy could lock up the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 money with a win. Matt Kuchar, who is just 37 FedEx Cup points behind Koepka in the regular season standings, could swoop in to win the prize if Koepka and McIlroy both have a poor final round and tumble down the leaderboard.

Xander Schauffele could conceivably catch Koepka as well, but he would have to overcome a 10-shot deficit to start the final round.

Ultimately, Koepka, McIlroy, and to an extent Kuchar are vying for $500,000, which is the difference between first place and second place. Any player finishing in the top five earns $1 million, and finishing in the top 10 is worth a minimum of $500,000. So, in additional to the huge 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational first-place payout on the line on Sunday, the leaders are looking to lock up an additional $500,000.

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