$10 million prize up for grabs as PGA Tour’s top 30 head to season finale
Last week’s BMW Championship eliminated another 40 PGA Tour golfers and so we’re left with the top 30 players for this year’s Tour Championship. The season finale on the Tour, there is a $10 million prize for the FedEx Cup winner and with any of the top players mathematically able to top the rankings there is a lot to play for in Atlanta.
Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Tour Championship.
Field face tough test on tricky par 70 course
With a huge prize at stake it’s perhaps only right that the 30 man field will face a tricky end to the Tour season. East Lake averaged +0.26 strokes to par last year and fewer than half the field finished the weekend under par. Accuracy is the key at East Lake and last year’s winner Billy Horschel led the field in both greens in regulation and bogey avoidance.
While there is a big prize at stake, the field can relax in the knowledge that by finishing in the top 30 they gain an exemption for the first three Majors of 2016 as well as the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Your golf betting favourites
Last week we suggested that it was hard to look past the 6/1 tournament favourite Jason Day. The Australian duly won the BMW Championship by six shots, lifting himself to the top of the world rankings in the process.
“It’s been very difficult for me to downplay getting to No. 1 because I really wanted to reach this goal for a very long time now,” said the FedEx Cup leader. “It just feels normal. I feel like I did yesterday, the same. Once again, I’m just a regular guy like everyone else.
“Everyone has dreams. As long as you stick to them and work hard, you can accomplish anything.”
Day has won four of his last six events and finished T4 at East Lake last year. He is a staggering 101 under par for his last seven events and the 10/3 favourite to win the tournament.
After his recent injury problems there was a return to form last week for Rory McIlroy. The Irishman ranked T4 in ‘greens in regulation’ at Conway Farms – a stat that will serve him well this week – on his way to a T4 finish.
The 27 year old can still win the FedEx Cup and he finished in a tie for second at this event last year. McIlroy is available at 25/4.
With $10 million at stake it’s perhaps the worst time of the season for Jordan Spieth to be suffering a slight dip in form. After two missed cuts he did recover to finish T12 last week but will need to improve significantly in this company.
He was T2 at East Lake in 2013 but finished 12 over par last year in second-last place. Spieth is available at 8/1.
Some outsiders to consider
After being named the ‘most overrated golfer’ by his peers earlier this year, Rickie Fowler‘s recent performances have demonstrated that the young American is nothing of the sort. The 26 year old followed up his win at the Barclays with a T4 finish last week and he sits third in the FedEx Cup rankings, ahead of the likes of Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.
Fowler is 29 under par for his last eight rounds of golf and currently leads the play-offs in ‘one putt’ percentage. He finished 8th at East Lake last year and is 21/2 to take the title this year.
Last week we suggested you follow Kevin Kisner at long odds and while the 31 year old never challenged for the title he did shoot a six-birdie 66 in the closing round.
Kisner has never won on the PGA Tour but his play-off record this year is T20, T12 and T41 and he certainly offers lots of each way value at 63/1.
Henrik Stenson‘s hand injury may be a factor this week but after two second place finishes in the play-offs and a win on his only previous appearance at East Lake he could certainly be a contender at 39/4. Similarly, Hideki Matsuyama has finished in the top 25 in all three play-off events and could follow up his T7 finish last week with a win at 33/1.
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