Tour Championship: Notes, Odds & Best Bets

East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta is the site of the season-ending Tour Championship, with the 30-player field beginning play Thursday.

Top-seeded Patrick Cantlay will begin with a two-shot lead at 10 under, with second-seeded Tony Finau beginning at 8 under. Bryson DeChambeau will begin three shots back, Jon Rahm four shots behind and Cameron Smith will be five shots behind Cantlay.



Players 6-10 will start at 4 under; players 11-15 at 3 under; players 16-20 at 2 under; players 21-25 at 1 under; and players 26-30 will start at even par.

TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Course: East Lake Golf Club (Par 70, 7,346 yards)
  • Purse: $60 million ($15 million)
  • Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson
  • FedEx Cup Leader: Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay
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HOW TO WATCH

  • TV: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-7 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC)
  • PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday, 12-2:30 p.m. (Featured Groups), 2:30- 6 p.m. (Featured Holes); Sunday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Featured Groups), 1:30-6 p.m. (Featured Holes).

NOTES

  • The only two-time Cup champions are Tiger Woods (2007, ’09) and Rory McIlroy (2016, ’19).
  • After missing the first two legs of the playoffs recovering from pneumonia, Patrick Reed was cleared to play in the Tour Championship. He qualified in the final spot after K.H. Lee bogeyed the final hole of the BMW Championship.
Patrick Reed
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  • Johnson qualified for the Tour Championship for the 13th consecutive year, the longest active streak on tour.
  • Stewark Cink (No. 23) qualified for the first time since 2009.
  • Woods holes the tournament scoring record of 257 set in 2007.

BEST BETS

  • Rahm (+330 at DraftKings) is chasing four shots from the start but has six consecutive top-10s in events finished and was dominating the Memorial through 54 holes when he was forced to withdraw. He is being backed by 9 percent of the handle and 6 percent of the bets at DraftKings, but leads with 32.5 percent of the handle and 23.8 percent of the outright winner bets at +350 by PointsBet. Rahm also leads with 15.8 percent of the total bets at DraftKings to post the lowest 72-hole score.
Jon Rahm
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  • Cantlay (+330) earned his two-shot cushion by winning the Memorial and the BMW Championship. In six starts in between he posted three more top-15s. Cantlay is being backed by 25 percent of the handle at DraftKings but only 9.2 percent at PointsBet, where he is being offered at +375.
  • DeChambeau (+550) nearly broke 60 last Friday and is coming off a dramatic playoff loss. Can he overpower East Lake? A modest 6 percent of outright winner bets at DraftKings have been placed on DeChambeau and 7.0 percent at PointsBet.
  • Finau (+750) has regained his form with a win and a T15 in his past two starts. He is second at PointsBet with 10.5 percent of the handle and 9.2 percent of the bets backing him.



  • Justin Thomas (+1600) is the highest-seeded player with a FedEx Cup title on his resume. However, he will be chasing six shots.
  • Schauffele had the lowest 72-hole score by three shots last year and finished second two years ago. He is second in the 72-hole market at PointsBet with 9.2 percent of the bets backing him at +1000.
  • Jordan Spieth (+1400) leads with 27.1 percent of the 72-hole market handle at PointsBet, followed by Rahm at 16.6 percent.

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