The Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta this week brings the curtain down on this year’s FedExCup race. The top 30 players in the FedExCup standings are eligible to compete for the $10,000,000 prize money, and with last year’s champion Henrik Stenson out of the running, a new winner is guaranteed to be crowned.
Rory McIlroy may have four putted twice last week at the BMW Championship but that didn’t stop him from earning his 11th top ten of the season by finishing tied eighth. Fourth in the FedExCup rankings, the world No.1 is in a great position to win the event for the first time. If he does, that would mean two majors and a FedExCup title in the same year. A strong message to send out before the Ryder Cup.
The defending champion
With Henrik Stenson eliminated, last year’s runner-up Jordan Spieth enters the field with the best placed finish from 2013. The 21-year-old American notched a tied eighth finish last week, putting an end to a mini slump where he didn’t make the top 20 in five events. For all his good play this year, the Ryder Cup rookie hasn’t managed to lift a trophy. Getting over the line in Atlanta would tick a huge box.
One to watch
Bubba Watson put a bad run of form behind him last week, shooting three consecutive 66s to finish second at the BMW. One of only five players who know a win will ensure FedExCup victory, the Masters champion is second favourite to claim the $10,000,000 prize money. He’ll need to improve on his fifth place finish the last time he visited East Lake.
Having lead the FedExCup race for the majority of the season, Jimmy Walker will be desperate to get back to the number one spot. No one has won more times this season than the American, and even if he doesn’t win the Tour Championship, he still has a mathematical chance of winning the bigger prize if he’s second.
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Must do better
One of three first timers set to tee it up for America in the Ryder Cup, Patrick Reed will be looking to find his game in time for Gleneagles’ match. The 24-year-old has shot 82, 77, 70, 71 and 67 in his last five rounds and finishing 53rd and 74th in the previous two Playoff tournaments. Tomorrow, he makes his Tour Championship debut.