2020 TOUR Championship PGA Golf FedEx Cup Playoffs Odds, Prediction
PGA 2020 TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Date: Sep 4-7, 2020
Course: East Lake Golf Club
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Purse: $ 30,000,000
TV: CBS, Golf Channel, PGA Tour
*This article was updated on September 4th, 2020*
The season finale of the PGA Tour and FedEx Cup Playoffs ends in a big way with the latest event, the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta has been the permanent home of the event since 2004.
The 30 best golfers from FedEx Cup come together in this great tournament that will take place from Friday, September 4 to Monday, September 7, 2020.
The PGA Tour Championship features a 30-player field with a hit-based system called FedEx Kicks.
This format was first instituted a year ago and selects a winner based on the player with the lowest total score.
This is how it will work. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the FedEx Cup points leader after the first two playoffs, will start the TOUR championship at a par 10. World No. 2 Jon Rahm will start at 8 cents, while No. 3 Justin Thomas will start. at 7 cents. Number 4 Webb Simpson opens with 6 cents and Number 5 Collin Morikawa will start with 5 cents.
After the top five players, the rest of the squad are grouped into groups of five and receive the same score based on the FedEx Cup ranking.
For example, five players (# 6-10) will start at 4 cents while the next five will open at 3 cents until we get to the last five players (# 26-30), who will open in pairs. Clearly, this format makes it much more difficult for players at the bottom of the rankings to win. Now let's look at the odds of winning.
It's time to look at the odds of winning the season-ending event and the golfers who could win and collect their PGA Tour fees.
Reason to Win
($ 200) Dustin Johnson World No. 1 is coming off two wins this year at the Travelers Championship and the Northern Trust two weeks ago and came close to securing back-to-back victories by finishing second behind Jon Rahm at last week's BMW Championship. The Californian is 11th in driving distance (310.4), first among the Eagles (57.9), ninth in average birdies (4.29) and eighth in average (69,411). Johnson has finished T12 or better in each of his last four tournaments and is one step ahead of everyone else in this star-studded event, Johnson is a serious contender for the 2020 PGA Tour Championship.
($ 300) Jon Rahm World No. 2 will tee off on Friday two shots behind DJ, but no worries — he overcame a bigger deficit than that on Sunday. Rahm's 66-64 weekend at major-caliber Olympia Fields was perhaps the best two-day performance of the season by any player and showcased his uncanny flair for the dramatic, but there's substance behind the flash: He's first in SG: Total, 4th in SG: Off-the-Tee and 5th in SG: Tee-to-Green. The bomb he dropped on DJ on the first playoff hole on Sunday showed that he's also a cold-blooded assassin when necessary.
($ 550) Justin Thomas No. 3 in the FedEx rankings has scored three victories this season leading the team to the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Sentry Tournament of Champions and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on August 2. Thomas has also added nine spots in the top 10 this season, while also ranking third in birdie average (4.53) and fifth in average (69,180). Thomas entered this event in a T25 at the BMW Championship last week after finishing T49 at the Northern Trust the week before.
($ 1,200) Webb Simpson has qualified for the Tour Championship in the last three years with his results reading T13-T4-T16. Having a stellar season with 8 Top 10’s from 13 starts including 2 victories in the RBC Heritage and WM Phoenix Open. Features 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis which is noteworthy considering the elite field that has qualified for the season ending event. He is also 12th on Tour for Strokes Gained Putting, 6th for GIR and 1st for Scoring Average. Sat out last week’s BMW Championship so should be arriving to Atlanta rested and sharp.
($ 2,000) Rory McIlroy 12th in FedEx standings, McIlroy won the Golf-HSBC Champions for his 18th PGA Tour title by beating ScHotele in the playoffs with a birdie on the first additional hole. While the native Irishman comes to this event after a T12 finish in the BMW Championship and a disappointing T65 in the Northern Trust, McIlroy also ranks sixth on average (69,229), fourth in driving distance (314.2) and second in Eagles. . (77.5).
($ 2,000) Collin Morikawa is 5th in the FedEx standings, the promising 23-year-old Californian has six Top 10 rankings and two wins this season, including his first major winning the PGA Championship team last month. Yes, Morikawa missed the cup at the Northern Trust two weeks ago and finished T20 last week in the BMW Championship, but the young stud is third among the Eagles (85.5) and 16th on average (69,897). He'll start five shots behind Dustin Johnson, but Morikawa is so good I think he'll have a legitimate shot.
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