Last week:
Keegan Bradley defeated Justin Rose in a playoff to win the BMW Championship. With the win, Keegan ended a six-year victory drought dating back to the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Runner-up Justin Rose vaulted into 1st place in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. The Golf Channel’s Will Gray had a good tweet summing up the long and winding road Rose has embarked on to reach this pinnacle.

Screenshot_2018-09-19 Will Gray on Twitter Some perspective for those still digging it out of the dirt After turning pro, J[...]

This week:
The PGA Tour’s 2018 season comes to an end this weekend at the Tour Championship. The 30 remaining players in the FedEx Cup Playoffs will tee it up in hopes of earning up to $12 million by Sunday night. The top five players currently in the playoff standings can win the FedEx Cup by winning the Tour Championship (and the $10 Million that comes with it) with a victory in the tournament itself, while the rest of the field will need a win and some other scenarios to play out in order to leave town with the title of 2018 FedEx Cup Champion.
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Course:
East Lake Golf Club, a 7385 yard par-70 track in Atlanta, Georgia, originally designed by Tom Bendelow, but later restructured by Donald Ross. Best known as the course Bobby Jones learned the game at, this is one of the more historic and tradition-laden courses on Tour. The Tour Championship first came to East Lake in 1998, and has been the home of the event since 2004. Previous champions on this course include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Bobby Jones, the 1963 US Ryder Cup team, and so many more. In terms of routing, the nines were switched ahead of the 2016 event. The previous setup resulted in a par-3 finishing hole; something players and fans alike weren’t happy with. The results after the flip were immediate, with Rory McIlroy staging a remarkable back-nine rally, finishing eagle-par-birdie to get into a playoff and eventually win his first FedEx Cup title. Last year, Xander Schauffele birdied the final hole to defeat Justin Thomas by a stroke. Looks like the flip worked, and hopefully we’re in store for a third straight exciting finish.

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Field:
The top 30 in the year-long FedEx Cup race will be in Atlanta this week, hoping to finish the season off on a good note. Points have been reset heading into the week, and as it currently stands any of the top-five players can take home the FedEx Cup trophy if they’re able to win the tournament itself. Each of the other 25 players would need a win at East Lake and some help from others to take home the whole thing. Here’s the field by current FedEx Cup Ranking, and click here to see scenarios for each of them to win:

  1. Bryson DeChambeau
  2. Justin Rose
  3. Tony Finau
  4. Dustin Johnson
  5. Justin Thomas
  6. Keegan Bradley
  7. Brooks Koepka
  8. Bubba Watson
  9. Billy Horschel
  10. Cameron Smith
  11. Webb Simpson
  12. Jason Day
  13. Francesco Molinari
  14. Phil Mickelson
  15. Patrick Reed
  16. Patrick Cantlay
  17. Rory McIlroy
  18. Xander Schauffele
  19. Tommy Fleetwood
  20. Tiger Woods
  21. Aaron Wise
  22. Kevin Na
  23. Rickie Fowler
  24. Jon Rahm
  25. Kyle Stanley
  26. Paul Casey
  27. Hideki Matsuyama
  28. Gary Woodland
  29. Marc Leishman
  30. Patton Kizzire

 

Featured Pairings/Tee times
Full tee times and pairings here

Notable Thursday pairings:

  • 12:10 — Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm
  • 12:30 — Tiger Woods and Tommy Fleetwood
  • 12:40 — Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele
  • 1:30 — Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson
  • 1:30 — Justin Thomas and Keegan Bradley
  • 1:50 — Tony Finau and Dustin Johnson
  • 2:00 — Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Rose

 

Storylines:

  • Bryson DeChambeau looks to become the first player since Tiger in 2007 to win the FedEx Cup from the 1st place position entering East Lake. If not, he will join Jason Day (2015) and Rory McIlroy (2012) as winners of two of the first three events, but not the whole playoffs
  • The East Lake points reset gives everyone a mathematical shot at winning the whole cup. For number 30 Patton Kizzire to win, though, DeChambeau would have to place in the bottom two
  • Justin Thomas, Billy Horschel and Rory McIlroy have a chance to join Tiger Woods as the only two-time winners of the FedExCup crown. Tiger looks to become the first three-time winner
  • With “The Match” approaching — Relive this hilarious Tiger/Phil moment from years ago on the first tee at East Lake — I guarantee you will laugh.

Picks:
Myself and Evan Sheldon have been making picks all playoffs long. With one event remaining, here is where we stand and who we like this week:

Tour Championship
—————————     RJ                                      EVAN
Favourite:          Rory McIlroy (9/1)                  Justin Rose (7/1)

Mid-Tier:            Tony Finau (20/1)                Francesco Molinari (22/1)

Dark horse:      Billy Horschel (30/1)             Keegan Bradley (50/1)

Long Shot:       Paul Casey (55/1)                   Marc Leishman (60/1)
———————-  [B. Watson if WD]

Ongoing Head-to-Head: Justin Thomas                         Patrick Reed

Overall
Wins
RJ — 7            Evan — 3             Ties — 6
Money
RJ —  $1,853,207            Evan — $2,011,396

 

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