FedEx Cup Playoffs 2018: Tour Championship Preview
The final leg of the 2017/18 FedEx Cup Playoffs takes place this week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia with the season's most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour taking centre stage at the Tour Championship in the hunt for an eyewatering season-ending $10M bonus.
We watched last year as Justin Thomas capped off a mightily impressive maiden major championship winning year by collecting the FedEx Cup and the crown of PGA Tour Champion for 2016/17. You can check out his final round performance from East Lake last year below...
With three playoff tournaments now in the books as we head to East Lake here's our very own preview of the final event on the 2017/18 calendar. All this excitement just one week before Team USA and Team Europe do battle in the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National....it's going to be a great couple of weeks for golf fans.
Course: East Lake Golf Club (Atlanta, Georgia)
Yardage: 7,385 yards
East Lake Golf Club has played host to the Tour Championship since the inaugural FedEx Cup Playoffs in 2007 and will do again this year.
The two nines were reversed back in 2016 to give for a more dramatic conclusion to the tournament with the 18th now a lengthy par-5 rather than the previous heavily guarded par-3.
It's a relatively scoreable golf course that places a high premium on accuracy off the tee due to its tree-lined fairways and pretty nasty bermudagrass rough.
The Remaining Field
After the post-BMW Championship points redistribution, there are five men who know that their task is a 'simple' one (at least mathematically). FedEx Cup leader Bryson DeChambeau is joined in this regard by Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas with each knowing that a Tour Championship win would be enough to secure the trophy and the hefty bonus.
The winner of the BMW Championship last time out was Keegan Bradley and he will win the $10M if he goes back-to-back and DeChambeau fails to finish in solo second place.
If he puts together four days like those at Aronimink he's got a great chance...
Dual 2018 major winner Brooks Koepka could round off a stunning season (and guarantee the 2017/18 PGA Tour Player Of The Year crown) by hoisting the FedEx Cup this week. If he is to cap 2018 off in the finest of style then his easiest route is to win the Tour Championship and have DeChambeau finish no better than a three-way tie for second and Rose T-2 or worse.
Could Tiger Woods win?
Well, of course, Tiger could win; the whole point of the pre-tournament points recalculation is to give each player a mathematical chance of winning. With that said, from a position of 20th in the standings his route to possible FedEx Cup glory is pretty tangled - but here it is nonetheless...
Tiger must win the Tour Championship and:
- Bryson DeChambeau finish T15 (or worse)
- Justin Rose finishes in a three-way tie for 5th (or worse)
- Tony Finau finishes T3 (or worse)
- Dustin Johnson finishes in a three-way tie for 2nd (or worse)
- Justin Thomas finishes in a three-way tie for 2nd (or worse)
- Keegan Bradley finishes T2 (or worse)
If he is to do his part and win the Tour Championship, shots like this at the Memorial Tournament back in June would be very helpful...
Who wins it?
With so many golfers in with a chance of taking the $10M bonus with a Tour Championship win, it might be a bit of guesswork to choose the 2017/18 PGA Tour Champion.
We expect that Justin Rose will be motivated to hold on to his recently obtained world number one crown and could take all the beating this week. What a way to head into Ryder Cup week that would be for the Englishman.
Who do you think will win the FedEx Cup this week at East Lake? Let us know below...
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