The Tour Championship begins tomorrow at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs are set to conclude in exciting fashion this weekend. With the points reset before this final playoff event, any of the top 5 players will win the FedEx Cup with a win this weekend, and all 30 players in this week’s field have a mathematical chance of winning the Cup.
There are three Nike Golf athletes in this week’s field: Tiger Woods in first place with 2500 reset points, Lucas Glover in 20th place with 310 reset points, and Stewart Cink in 26th place with 250 reset points. However the clear favorite in this week’s field is none other than Tiger Woods.
Tiger has a strong record at the Tour Championship, and coming off his dominating performance at the BMW Championship you know he will arrive at East Lake with his A-game. At Cog Hill Tiger had his driver under control, his irons dialed in and most notably his putter came alive, especially on Saturday when he shot a course record 62 and putts were going in from pretty much everywhere. It’s tough to bet against Tiger, and he’s definitely the favorite and my pick to win both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup on Sunday.
However, you can’t count out anyone in the rest of the field this week, especially the top five in the FedEx Cup point standings. After the points reset, here are the top five and their respective points going into The Tour Championship:
Tiger Woods 2,500 pts
Steve Stricker 2,250
Jim Furyk 2,000
Zach Johnson 1,800
Heath Slocum 1,600
To follow is a link to the reset points for the full field at the Tour Championship, as well as an explanation of the points reset, points distribution at The Tour Championship and how players can control their own destiny: Click here to see the FedEx Cup reset points information on pgatour.com >>
The weather will be a factor at this year’s Tour Championship, as more than 11 inches of rain has fallen on the course in the past week, with more storms being forecast for this weekend. It’s a far cry from 2007, when the course was stressed by drought and 28+ days of 90-degree heat. The new sub-air system at East Lake has done its job over the past few days, quickly drying the course out to a playable condition. Fairways will still be wet this weekend, and it is yet to be seen if they’ll play the ball down or lift, clean and place.
Regardless of what happens weather-wise, The Tour Championship promises to be a captivating finale to the FedEx Cup and the PGA Tour playoffs. It’s yet to be seen who will be left holding the trophy and the $10 million dollar check on Sunday evening (or later if weather becomes a factor), but my money is on the top Nike Golf athlete in this week’s field.
*Credit for “The Tiger Variety Show” title reference goes to Timothy McCormack, taken from his comment on the FedEx Cup Halftime Report post.