The FedEx Cup is now one of the very biggest prizes any golfer can win. In terms of the financial reward, the $10 million prize is the biggest, but in terms of prestige the end of season event is also huge. Only the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup rankings qualified for a place at East Lake Golf Club and of that highly talented field only the top five are guaranteed of winning the FedEx Cup if they win the Tour Championship.
The FedEx Cup playoffs provide a unique sense of drama to the PGA Tour. There are massive tournaments all through the season but the sense of momentum provided by the playoffs is unique. That momentum is key when it comes to winning the FedEx Cup with the winners all hitting form just at the right time. However, with the last six FedEx Cup champions all winning the Tour Championship, it is also vital to get a handle on East Lake.
At 7,385 yards, the par 70 looks like a long test of golf. However, previous tournaments prove that accuracy trumps distance at East Lake. It’s perhaps ironic that a boring, plodding style of golf should provide a route to such an eye catching prize but the winner this week will have to keep their ball out of trouble, hit a high percentage of greens in regulation and scramble very well around the tricky greens. Putting well is also key as scoring has become much tougher around East Lake since the club changed the greens to Bermuda grass.
Reed’s Fate in His Own Hands
Patrick Reed finished a disappointing 27th at East Lake last season but he travelled to Atlanta knowing that his chances of winning the FedEx Cup were slim at best. This time around, his win at The Barclays has propelled the American into the top five and so he just needs one more win to bag that $10 million. Winning multiple playoff events is actually pretty common and with Reed in good form, his odds of 20/1 with Betfred should be snapped up.
Spieth to Double Up?
It has not been a vintage season for Jordan Spieth. That feels like a weird sentence to write given that the 23-year-old has won twice this campaign but his standards are so high that he will have expected much more. The swing issues that have dogged Spieth this year have been both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, he’s been unable to contend as much as he’d like but on the other it’s proven he has one of the very best short games in the world. The defending FedEx Cup champion knows how to win at East Lake and could well double up at 9/1 with BetVictor.
Grillo Instantly at Home
You’d never know that Emiliano Grillo was a PGA Tour rookie by looking at him. The young Argentine has already won on Tour and his form has been so consistently good that he’s made it to East Lake. Nothing seems to phase Grillo and he could just shock the game’s biggest names by winning at 50/1 with Ladbrokes.