This weekend, the culmination of the USPGA Tour season, The Tour Championship, takes place at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Course. It is the home of legend Bobby Jones, and the top 30 golfers from last week’s BMW Championship have qualified to compete in the season-ending event.
At stake is more than just the chance to be named the top golfer on the USPGA Tour of the season, there is also the small matter of the biggest winner’s check in golf of $15 million awaiting the player that finishes top of the pile come Sunday night.
In this article, we are going to preview the event and give you our tips on the players to watch, and the players to rule out of the tournament.
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The Tour Championship – Qualifiers
Last weekend, Patrick Cantlay outlasted Bryson DeChambeau in the BMW Championship playoff between the pair to win the tournament, a large check for his efforts and perhaps most importantly, secure top spot in the 30-player rankings for The Tour Championship.
With this event seeing the 30 players handicapped by being given a score to par based on where they rank in the top 30, Cantlay’s win means that he will enjoy an advantage of the field of at least two shots, and over some players, it will be ten shots.
Here’s the 30 players and their starting scores for the 2021 Tour Championship
- -10 – Patrick Cantlay
- -8 – Tony Finau
- -7 – Bryson DeChambeau
- -6 – Jon Rahm
- -5 – Cameron Smith
- -4 – Justin Thomas, Harris English, Abraham Ancer, Jordan Spieth, Sam Burns
- -3 – Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im, Viktor Hovlund, Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson
- -2 – Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Na, Brooks Koepka
- -1 – Corey Conners, Hideki Matsuyama, Stewart Cink, Joaquin Niemann, Scottie Scheffler
- Even – Daniel Berger, Erik van Rooyen, Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel, Patrick Reed
East Lake has hosted the Tour Championship since 2005 and Dustin Johnson is the current holder of the FedEx Cup.
Who To Back And Who To Discount At The Tour Championship
First of all, you can discount Patrick Reed from winning the event, as although he qualified, his injury means that he is extremely unlikely to line up, and even if he does, he is not going to be in any shape to challenge at this tournament from ten shots behind the leader.
In fact, I think any of the golfers that will start the tournament at even money or -1 are not really worth a bet to win the event, although some could make it into the top ten.
Outside of the top five, I think you cannot discount the likes of Morikawa (+4000), Johnson (+2000), Spieth (+2500) and Justin Thomas (+1700). Rory McIlroy is +2500 with Pointsbet but I think the Irishman’s form has been so sketchy this year that even at that price, he is not a golfer I’d back, despite winning this tournament twice before.
As for who I would back, Jon Rahm is the pick for me (+400). The Spaniard has been the most consistent golfer of the year and I think the fact the course is not going to play into the hands of the monster hitters, will put him solidly in the mix come Sunday.
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Given that the field at the Tour Championship comprises of just 30 players, this is a really good value offer and means that even if you don’t win, you have roughly a 33% chance of earning your money back (and more likely a greater chance than that if you back one of the players starting with a lower starting score!).
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