The PGA Tour Championship 2017 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta is the last of the four tournaments in the PGA Tour playoffs.
Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship last season, but he failed to make the top-30 cutoff this year after finishing the BMW Championship ranked at No. 58 in FedExCup points. So, who will win the 2017 Tour Championship?
There are only 30 players in the field at East Lake, so the odds are lower than they would normally be for a major golf tournament. The top five PGA Tour golfers in points heading into the Tour Championship are: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman and Jon Rahm.
It’s all come down to this. The last tournament of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season, the Tour Championship, is here, and golf bettors around the world are preparing for an exciting end to the FedExCup playoffs where a new champion will be crowned at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
When it comes to betting odds, Jordan Spieth is the undisputed favorite at +500. Dustin Johnson Rickie Fowler Justin Thomas Jon Rahm Jason Day Justin Rose Marc Leishman Hideki Matsuyama and Paul Casey round out the 10 golfers with the likeliest chances to take home the hardware at the shop.
While there is a fantastic million bonus on the line for winning the Tour Championship, the top five seeds of Spieth, Thomas, Johnson, Leishman and Rahm only have to win the tournament to capture the FedExCup.
Only 30 men will be in the field at the Tour Championship, but the points are reset with everyone having a mathematical chance of claiming the crown.
Rory McIlroy went all the way here a year ago to collect his second playoff win in three weeks, going four extra holes to survive a finish over Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell. With McIlroy getting cut earlier in the postseason, it’s the eighth time in 10 years that the reigning FedExCup champ hasn’t even made the tournament.
After the points were reset following the BMW Championship, anyone in the top five who wins the Tour Championship this weekend can win the FedExCup.
The points are reset to create drama with the final playoff event, leveling the playing field by bringing golfers like Spieth, Thomas and Johnson who are way ahead in the standings back down with the rest of the group.
Players at the bottom of the top-30 standings would need to win the Tour Championship and have the rest of the field finish in the opposite order of what they are ranked. For example, No. 30 Jason Dufner would need to win at East Lake and have No. 1 Spieth finish last for him to win the FedEx Cup.