The Tour Championship | Thursday 19 September - Sunday 22 September | East Lake Golf Club
Please note: Due to the diminished field, all place tips are for a top four finish.
The PGA Tour season will officially come to an end on Sunday at the close of the Tour Championship, and what better way to finish than with the top thirty players of the season competing for one of the richest prizes on the tour. The 30-man field means that there will be no cut and traditionally the competition has been tight as the world’s best bring out their ‘A’ game. All of this combined will translate into some fabulous golf and I am certainly looking forward to seeing who walks away with the $1.35 million for first place. So who will win this one, take home the winners cheque and leap up the points standings in the FedEx Cup? Let’s have a look.
To Win Outright
Tiger Woods 11/2
Adam Scott 12/1
Zach Johnson 18/1`
Phil Mickelson 18/1
Henrik Stenson 18/1
Adam Scott (12/1 a win, 26/10 a place)
Adam Scott has had his most memorable season yet and a win here, in one of the most prestigious tournaments of the season, will be a great way for the young Australian to cap off his season on the Tour. That can pretty much be said for anyone though, so there needs to be other reasons to convince punters that he has a chance. The main one for me is that he comes into this with course form. Having won here in 2006, he clearly knows what it takes to tame this course and is playing far better now than he did six years ago. 12/1 is a great price, get on.
Hunter Mahan (20/1 a win, 44/10 a place)
Looking for a bit more value, the next player to catch my eye is Hunter Mahan. A well respected and well liked player on the Tour, wherever he goes the crowds will follow and in this diminished field he will certainly be getting a lot of support from the spectators. He is also coming back into form again and after finishing inside the top 10 at The Open and the US Open he has had a good run of results in the FedEx Cup playoffs, finishing 25th, 18th and 4th last week. His game appears to be peaking at the right time, get on the 20/1 before the first round.
Jim Furyk (22/1 a win, 48/10 a place)
Furyk imploded on Monday and all but handed Zach Johnson the win but despite that, he has the experience to bounce back from that and challenge again this week. Four consecutive top 10’s make him one of the in-form players at the moment and when it comes to course form and experience, few rival him. A win in 2010 is complemented by numerous top 10’s since 2008 and anyone who can shoot 59 deserves to be considered.
If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Johnson is the form player on the Tour at the moment and made me some money last week and for that reason he will be my Top Bet this week. Having managed a 2nd at the John Deere Classic, a 6th at Muirfield, a top 10 at the US PGA and a win on Monday he has managed to put himself in contention for the FedEx Cup, something he will be well aware of. A win here will be invaluable to him and should really provide an opportunity to climb those rankings. He also comes into this with the course form to back my confidence. A course record holder after having shot 60 here in 2007, he could just take the victory.