GolfMonger Preview: The TOUR Championship

Finally the TOUR Championship is upon us as the Top 30 golfers in the FedEx Cup Standings are in Atlanta, GA at East Lake Golf Club for the chance at the $10 Million grand prize and the title of FedEx Cup Champion.  Or as many people are calling it…the Jason Day Invitational.

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Let’s face it, we are all thinking that Jason Day is going to win right?  Of course we are.  He is on one of the hottest stretches of golf we have seen since, well, Jordan Speith way back in the spring of 2015.

East Lake has become a fantastic home for the TOUR Championship.  It’s par 70 layout has seen some modifications over the years and the players have adapted well each time.  The putting surfaces are pristine (Miniverdde Bermudagrass) that will bring the hot putters to the front of the pack.  It also boasts only the 2nd closing par 3 on Tour (TPC Old White) which lends to 72nd hole drama.

The Top 5 golfers only need to win this week to claim the $10 Million prize.  The rest of the field needs much more help than that.  In fact, the last five winners at East Lake have also won the FedEx Cup Championship.  Phil Mickelson was the last to win the TOUR Championship and not win the FedEx Cup title (lost to Tiger Woods).

We feel that the trend will continue.  The winner will come from the Top 5.  But who do we think it will be?

GolfMonger Picks:

1.  Jason Day – Day has won four of the last six events he has entered.  The Aussie has actually made the Player of the Year Award something to debate.  His six stroke victory at the BMW last week at Conway Farms was over almost as fast as it started.  We expect nothing less this week.  Day will be hard to beat.

2.  Jordan Spieth – If anyone is going to beat Day it could be Spieth.  Day took his No. 1 ranking away and we are pretty sure that Jordan wants it back.  Only one way to get it…

3.  Rickie Fowler – For those trying to push Fowler into the “Big 4” conversation, a win at East Lake would certainly do the trick.  A T4 finish at the BMW followed his win at TPC Boston at the Deutsche Bank.  Fowler could be in the final group on Sunday staring down Jason Day for a classic back nine showdown.

Wild Card Pick:

As hard as it is to say the current No.2 golfer in the world is a “Wild Card” he is this week.  The trend is for the FedEx Cup Champ to come from the Top 5 in the FedEx Cup standings, so by definition this week, Rory Mclroy is a wild card pick.  McIlroy is 11th in the standings and will need to win and a lot of help from the Top 5 players.

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Author: Brian Stefan

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