Tour Championship betting tips & predictions – the Tour Championship is the final event of the PGA Tour season. It is also the final event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup Playoffs. Since 2004, East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta has been the event’s permanent home.
The tournament is contested by the Top 30 golfers in FedEx Cup points following the BMW Championship.
By merely advancing to the elite field in Atlanta, the 30 qualifiers already know that they are exempt into the first three majors of 2018 as well as the WGC Mexico Championship.
If any of the top five FedEx Cup point leaders going into the Tour Championship win the event, they will also win the FedEx Cup. That would translate into an $11.62 million payday, $10 million of which is bonus prize money.
It is possible for one player to win the Tour Championship and another player to win the FedEx Cup. Last year, Xander Schauffel emerged victorious at East Lake while Justin Thomas won the FedEx Cup.
|Year||Tour Championship Winner||FedEx Cup Winner|
|2017||Xander Schauffele||Justin Thomas|
|2016||Rory McIlroy||Rory McIlroy|
|2015||Jordan Spieth||Jordan Spieth|
|2014||Billy Horschel||Billy Horschel|
|2013||Henrik Stenson||Henrik Stenson|
|2012||Brandt Snedeker||Brandt Snedeker|
|2011||Bill Haas||Bill Haas|
|2010||Jim Furyk||Jim Furyk|
|2009||Phil Mickelson||Tiger Woods|
|2008||Camilo Villegas||Vijay Singh|
|2007||Tiger Woods||Tiger Woods|
The host course is the 7,300+ yards Par 70 East Lake Golf Club. The course was originally designed by Donald Ross and later restored by Rees Jones in 1994. East Lake Golf Club is the home course of legendary golfer Bobby Jones and is the oldest golf course in the city of Atlanta.
The layout is a fair test of golf and with an elite field of just 30 players it is hard to find a formula that points towards a winner. There is no one statistic that jumps off the page and therefore the obvious applies – a player needs to be hitting fairways, greens and sinking lots of putts.
East Lake’s key challenge is on the greens and in particular grinding out pars. Those who putt well on the undulating Bermuda greens will prosper. Current Form is important and fatigue may be a factor for some players.
Last year, a 23 year old Xander Schauffele carded a score of -12 (268) for the week to land the title and add to the Greenbrier Classic which he won in July that year. He shot a final round -2 (68) to finish one stroke ahead of Justin Thomas. Schauffele became the first PGA Tour rookie to win the Tour Championship since it began in 1987.
Schauffele finished the week 5th in Driving Distance, T9 for Driving Accuracy, 6th for Greens in Regulation and T14 in Putts per GIR.
In 2016, Rory McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play when he holed a wedge from 137 yards on the Par 4 16th for an eagle. He closed with a -6 (64) to join a three-way playoff with Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell, winning the competition at the fourth playoff hole.
McIlroy finished the week 3rd in Driving Distance T11 for Driving Accuracy, 2nd for Greens in Regulation and 3rd in Putts per GIR. He topped the field in Birdies shooting 20 in total.
In 2015, Jordan Spieth won on the strength of his putting. He gained 2.6 strokes per round on the field with 66 percent of the gain (1.7 strokes per round) attributed to putting. Spieth headed the field for both Strokes Gained Putting and Scrambling.
In 2014 Billy Horcshel won thanks to his stellar approach shots and putting. He ranked 6th in Strokes-Gained Putting and topped the field in Greens in Regulation. The 2013 champion, Henrik Stenson, ranked 3rd and T1 for the same stats respectively.
Tour Championship Betting Tips 2018