The 2016/17 PGA Tour season comes to an end this week with the Tour Championship at East Lake. The tournament comprises the top 30 players on the FedEx Cup rankings and as well as a healthy $1,750,000 prize for the tournament winner, there is also the FedEx Cup itself and the $10,000,000 prize that brings.
Each of the 30 players in the field has a theoretical chance of claiming the FedEx Cup. In reality, over half of those competing are not even thinking of the big prize and only the top five in the rankings have their destiny in their own hands. Those top five will be guaranteed the FedEx Cup should they win this week at East Lake Golf Club but will they be able to handle the pressure?
East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia has been the host of the Tour Championship since 2004. The par 70 layout measures the best part of 7,400 yards and therefore requires a certain amount of power to get around. However, accuracy off the tee, hitting greens in regulation and being able to scramble for par have all proven to be more important than driving distance in recent renewals so different styles of golf are capable of winning the Tour Championship.
Spieth to Put the Others in the Shade
Rory McIlroy often talks about his goal of being the dominant player of his generation. Unfortunately for the Northern Irishman, he is playing his golf at a time where the depth of talent in golf is greater than ever. Of the current crop of world class players, the one most likely to take control like Tiger Woods did in his pomp is Jordan Spieth.
At 23, Spieth has already won three of the four major championships and he goes into the Tour Championship as the FedEx Cup points leader despite winning none of the previous three playoff events. That’s because he finished runner up to Dustin Johnson in the Northern Trust and to Justin Thomas at the Dell Technologies Championship. Spieth is not a man who enjoys playing second fiddle and with his game in great shape, he should be able to head to the top of the game once again with victory at East Lake at odds of 11/2 with BetVictor.
Rose Planning on Doing a Rory
Rory McIlroy proved last year that you can win the FedEx Cup from outside of the top five in the rankings and Justin Rose will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of his Ryder Cup teammate 12 months on. Rose has played some stunning golf in the three playoff events but the odd mistake has held him back from claiming a win. Could that be about to change at East Lake?
He’s twice finished as the runner up at the Atlanta venue and has finished no worse than sixth in his last four appearances. He’s achieved those figures by combining long, accurate tee shots with world class ball striking and is playing as well right now as he did coming into any of those starts. That makes Rose look a very good each way bet at 14/1 with Coral.