In this revised season format, we've still got the US Open and The Masters to look forward to in 2020. However, the Tour Championship at Eastlake brings an end to the Fed Ex Cup title race and offers a ridiculous prize purse. $45 million dollars will be split amongst just 30 golfers this week, can you believe that?
The winner gets $15 million!
Even if you go out and 3-putt every hole, you're guaranteed something in the vicinity of $400,000. Stupid right?
The Tour Championship provides a format in which the 30 golfers start relative to their position on the season's standings. With that, Dustin Johnson will start with a 2 shot advantage over Jon Rahm before a ball is even hit, whilst he's got as much as a 10 shot lead over 5 golfers in the field that just snuck inside the Top 30.
Here's the full list of starting positions:
-10 Dustin Johnson
-8 Jon Rahm
-7 Justin Thomas
-6 Webb Simpson
-5 Collin Morikawa
-4 Daniel Berger, Harris English, Bryson DeChambeau, Sungjae Im, Hideki Matsuyama
-3 Brendon Todd, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Sebastian Munoz
-2 Lanto Griffin, Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann, Tyrrell Hatton, Tony Finau
-1 Kevin Kisner, Abraham Ancer, Ryan Palmer, Kevin Na, Marc Leishman
E Cameron Smith, Viktor Hovland, Mackenzie Hughes, Cameron Champ, Billy Horschel
Did you know that Rory McIlroy's win last year, was 10th consecutive time that the Fed Ex Cup Champion had not been the top seed going into the Tour Championship? Rory came from 5 back last year to win by 4, it is possible.
Righto, let's make some bank.
I think there's 7 golfers that can win the Fed Ex Cup, they include the Top 5 in current rankings, plus Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau, who are 6 and 8 shots back respectively. If I was to have an 8th pick, it would have to be McIlroy, but he's not been at his best of late. I do think that DJ and Jon Rahm, despite being the best golfers in the world currently are vulnerable this week.
You might be thinking Finau is too far back, but this guy can get hot, one low round in the first two days and he can quickly catapult himself into the conversation.
Here's my betting strategy for the Tour Championship!
Collin Morikawa - $15 to win the Fed Ex Cup @ $21
2020 PGA Champion that has roared up the Official World Golf Rankings this year, having played fewer events than most.
You get the feeling that major championship victory is the confidence he needs for the big moment. He isn't expected to win here, the pressure is off, if he can get the flat stick humming early, look out.
Justin Thomas - $20 to win the Fed Ex Cup @ $6.50
Top seed here last year that couldn't get the job done. He is now the hunter and comes in just 3 shots behind DJ. Not ruling him out.
Webb Simpson - $15 to win the Fed Ex Cup @ $12
Mr Consistency who sat out last week and rested. That could be a blessing, he's been in the Top 5 on four occasions at Eastlake from 8 attempts. Like always, he'll quietly go about his business but won't be surprised to see him in contention.
The long bomber is suited by this track. It all comes down to his iron play, if he can be high in the Green in Regulation stats, his putting will take him a long way. Expecting him to surge into contention and be hard to beat for 72 Hole Tour Championship.
Similar to Bryson and finished 7th here last year. Long off the tee, if he can get it going early, Finau can be in the conversation come Sunday.
It would be great to hear your thoughts, you can comment or find me on Twitter, @btravers88.
Looking forward to a great 4 days of golf!