When the Tour Championship tees off this weekend, there will be 30 players vying to take home an $18 million check. What makes this event so tough is that players will start with an assigned score based on their performance over the course of the season. The event will be held at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
East Lake has been the event’s permanent home since 2004. With all of that in mind, here’s a look at what to expect from the golf tournament and who is worth betting on.
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Defending champion Patrick Cantlay is +400 to defend his title. Last year, Cantlay won the event by one stroke over Jon Rahm.
He started at -10, thanks to finishing first in the points standings, and finished the tournament at -21. This year, Cantlay will start 8-under par and need to close the gap if he wants to repeat.
Cantlay is coming off a strong performance at the BMW Championship last weekend, where he shot a -14 at the Wilmington Country Club to win the event. This year, Cantlay is +1000 to win the tournament without considering the starting handicap.
Does Scottie know?
Scottie Scheffler finished first in the points race and will enter the event with a -10 handicap for the PGA title. The playoffs have been a mixed bag for Scheffler. At the BMW Championship, Scheffler finished tied for third.
However, at the FedEx St. Jude Classic week before, Scheffler missed the cut. Scheffler has had a strong season, winning four tournaments, including the Masters.
Rory the betting favorite
Without the FedEx Cup Starting strokes, Rory Mcilroy is the favorite to win the Tour Championship at +700. He is a long shot to overtake Scheffler, who he trails by six shots.
McIlroy has won two events this season. He also had a strong performance at the Masters, where he closed with a strong final round to near rally for a win before finishing second.
McIlroy should flourish in this playoff-type environment.
The experience could help Schauffele
Xander Schauffele had a strong performance at the BMW Championship last week, finishing tied for third. Playing in the Tour Championship isn’t something Schaueffele is unaccustomed to.
He has played in the event five times and has placed in the top five four times. He’s never finished below seventh in the event.
Schauffele is +700 to win the Tour Championship and is +160 to finish in the top five. While the staggered start will make it difficult for him to catch Cantlay, Schauffele has the tools to make him sweat.
Zalatoris may be out of the running
With the staggered start, Will Zalatoris sits in the third position heading into the Tour Championship and will start at 7-under par. However, Zalatoris suffered a back injury during the third round of the BMW Championship and had to withdraw. There are concerns he may not play this weekend.
If he does play, there is a chance he may not be up to snuff. He is +1200 to win the Tour championship.
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