All the attention in the final week of the FedEx Cup playoffs will once again be on East Lake as the 30 top players in the rankings tee it up for a shot at the trophy and the $10 million bonus that comes with it. Technically any of the 30 can win the big prize but in reality it would take a very unlikely set of circumstances for Harris English, who is 30th in the rankings, to win the whole thing.
East Lake is an interesting course. Having opened in 1904, it was completely changed by Donald Ross in 1913. It remained a well-regarded course until many of its members moved to the nearby Atlanta Athletic Club and it became almost forgotten about. In 1993 those who still held a soft spot for East Lake took it upon themselves to revamp the whole place and since 2004 it has been the permanent home of the Tour Championship.
East Lake was once regarded as something of an easy course for the best players in the world but that changed when the greens were re-laid. The new Bermuda grass made putting, and subsequently scoring, much more difficult so only those who have a good four days with their putter have any chance of making it to the top of the leaderboard.
The bookies are very clear in who they think will win this week, the new world number one, Jason Day. The Australian’s recent run of form is the stuff of dreams. Not only has he won four of the last six tournaments he’s entered, some of them have been at a canter. A number of players attempted to challenge his lead at last week’s BMW Championship but he had done the damage early doors and just needed to ensure he made no mistakes over the weekend to get the win. Last year Billy Horschel showed how important it is to come to the Tour Championship in good form so it would be no surprise at all if Day won once again at odds of 10/3 with Bet365.
Day may be the best player in the world at the minute but he will face some very stiff competition for the FedEx crown. Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose are all fancied to have good weeks by the bookies, but the two players who look most likely to push Day all the way are Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.
Fowler has one of the key lines of form for this tournament, he’s already won a play-off event at the Deutsche Bank. That was his third win of a very successful season that could just end in the best possible way. If he keeps the ball out of trouble off the tee and putts well he’ll look overpriced at 12/1 with Coral.
Stenson has yet to win all season but his consistency has hauled him to the top five in the rankings going into this week. The Swede hits a higher percentage of greens in regulation than anyone else and won at East Lake on his only outing here so back him to win at 10/1 with Betfred.