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Who Has Won The Most FedEx Cup Playoff Events

By: | Mon 21 Aug 2023 | Comments

Viktor Hovland's Sunday 61 at the BMW Championship, a course record at former US Open venue Olympia Fields, was one of the best rounds you'll see this year - a performance capped with a scintilating back-nine of 28.

That brilliant display saw the affable Norwegian become the 37th different winner of a FedEx Cup Playoff event since the often changed system become part of the PGA Tour schedule in 2007.

Looking back through the years, just who has won the most of these elite tournaments? 

Rory McIlroy is the King of the FedEx Cup, having claimed the lucrative trophy on three occasions, most recently in 2022. That is an achievement made possible by his six individual playoff victories. 

The Northern Irishman won two of the playoffs in 2012 but didn't claim the overall prize, with Brandt Snedeker earning the jackpot with his success in the decisive Tour Championship. 

However, McIlroy finally grasped the cup when he won two further events (including the Tour Championship) in 2016. East Lake would become the four-time major champion's playground as he clinched the FedEx Cup in 2019 and last year with further triumphs in the tour finale.

Rory McIlroy

(Image Credit: Kevin Diss Photography)

Dustin Johnson is McIlroy's rival when it comes to surpremecy in the playoffs. The American has also won six events, with the first coming back in 2010 at the BMW. 

But despite winning four playoffs through the 2017 campaign, Johnson had to wait for 2020 when he finally became a FedEx Cup champion as wins at the FedEx St Jude and Tour Championship carried him to glory. Two months later, Johnson received the Green Jacket after dominating the unique November Masters.

Naturally, despite his many absences during the intervening years, it's no surprise to see Tiger Woods part of the conversation. 

The golf legend was the inaugural FedEx Cup champion after he won both the BMW and Tour Championship in 2007. Two years later, he won the BMW again, but the ultimate highlight occurred at East Lake in 2018, when the once fallen star roared back to rapturous acclaim from the massed galleries. That moment was the prelude to his long-awaited 15th major title at Augusta National just a few short months later.

More recently, Patrick Cantlay has shown an aptitude for these late-season showpieces, winning the BMW and Tour Championship to complete a FedEx Cup story of his own in 2021. 

A year later, Cantlay was back in the mix again after he regained his title at the BMW, only for McIlroy to take the prize at East Lake.

Ten players have won two playoff events, including Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson.

Despite winning a pair of the tournaments in 2015, Jason Day was denied by Jordan Spieth's victory at the Tour Championship. 

12 months earlier, it was Billy Horschel who enjoyed a lucrative breakthrough in 2014 to claim the FedEx Cup after two successive playoff wins. Unfortunately for the proud American, the United States Ryder Cup team had already been selected; one of several oversights that may have contributed to their eventual crushing loss at Gleneagles.

Henrik Stenson also won two events in 2013, including the Tour Championship, to win the FedEx Cup jackpot. The Swede later that year also topped the Race to Dubai on the European Tour after winning the DP World Tour Championship - a unique double for the future Champion Golfer at Royal Troon.

Going back to the early days of the series, with Tiger Woods injured, Vijay Singh had things sown up after winning the first two playoffs in 2008. The Big Fijian never did win again on the PGA Tour. 

Camilo Villegas also grasped his opportunity that season by winning the final two playoffs, which wasn't enough to take the prize from Singh, but was undoubtedly a career highlight for the Colombian.

The FedEx Cup has taken on several different forms during its existence - none of which have ever truly satisfied everyone. But there is no doubt that these individual playoff events have offered drama and some truly exceptional champions through the years.

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