2023 Tour Championship: Top 10 power rankings at East Lake

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Patrick Cantlay is looking for his second FedEx Cup title.

He’s not in the position he’d like to be to start the week, but we saw last year that a six-shot deficit to start the week is not insurmountable.

Cantlay is two years removed from outlasting Jon Rahm by a shot to win at East Lake. He entered the week in the lead and tied for fourth on the gross leaderboard with rounds of 67-66-67-69.

The former UCLA Bruin is one of the most consistent players in the game and has played in six of the last seven Tour Championships.

Cantlay had a solid showing last week at the BMW Championship, carding 68-68-71-67 to take T-15th. That score would’ve won at Olympia Fields three years ago, but conditions were a bit more gettable this time.

Cantlay leads the PGA Tour in total driving (53) and is fifth in strokes gained per round off-the-tee (.838). He should be able to put himself in great position to make birdies on a course that otherwise will punish you if you’re out of position.

The 31-year-old ranks third in SG tee-to-green (1.56) as well as SG total (1.928). He’s 52nd or higher in every SG category. When clicking, there’s no course he can’t go low on.

Cantlay might have some built-up frustration going without a win this season. To make it to the Tour Championship is impressive in its own right. It shows he’s not far off.

This could be the week he solidifies himself heading into the Ryder Cup.