The PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 season comes to a close at East Lake with the Tour Championship
The 2019-2020 PGA Tour season is nearing completion. We’ve arrived at the third and final leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
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East Lake is a 7,346-yard par-70. The Donald Ross design opened in 1904 and was Bobby Jones’ old stomping grounds.
It hosted the 1963 Ryder Cup and the Tour Championship in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004-present. The course is relatively straightforward with the length being an asset.
It’s usually the middle of the pack in terms of difficulty. It looks like it’ll be hot and dry this week in Atlanta.
Don’t expect U.S. Open like conditions last week, but don’t expect a birdie fest like at The Northern Trust, either.
Key stats to watch this week are strokes gained tee to green, performance on par-4s over 450 yards, proximity from 150-200 yards, and performance on Bermuda greens.
The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup qualified for East Lake like always in the playoffs. However, this is the second year of the format being a net championship.
The top player starts the tournament at 10-under, No. 2 at 8-under, etc. Here’s the breakdown of where each player stands going into the week:
1st) Dustin Johnson, -10
2nd) Jon Rahm, -8
3rd) Justin Thomas, -7
4th) Webb Simpson, -6
5th) Collin Morikawa, -5
6th-10th) Daniel Berger, Harris English, Bryson DeChambeau, Sungjae Im, Hideki Matsuyama; -4
11th-15th) Brendon Todd, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Sebastian Munoz; -3
16th-20th) Lanto Griffin, Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann, Tyrrell Hatton, Tony Finau; -2
21st-25th) Kevin Kisner, Abraham Ancer, Ryan Palmer, Kevin Na, Marc Leishman; -1
26th-30th) Cameron Smith, Viktor Hovland, Mackenzie Hughes, Cameron Champ, Billy Horschel; E
A whopping $15 million goes to the winner with hefty bonuses going to every player in the field.
This format is not great for gambling and DFS games, but it is at least a wrinkle from the same thing we see on a weekly basis.
It also ensures that the winner of the Tour Championship doubles as the FedEx Cup champion. For instance, Tiger won the 2018 Tour Championship but did not win the FedEx Cup.
Last year, Justin Thomas was unable to keep his lead, succumbing to Rory McIlroy who began the week five shots off the pace.
Will that happen again or will DJ use his advantage to run away from the field like at The Northern Trust?
Let’s dive into the top 10 with the best chance to hoist the FedEx Cup title.