The Tour Championship
So the FedEx jamboree comes to an end this week at East Lake in the Tour Championship. Despite the PGA Tour bigging this up as it’s showpiece event, it is often a damp squib. Rarely has there been a real ding-dong that has left us perching on the edge of our seats. Doubtless this year will be much the same – as must be expected of a 30 man event.
With the final Ryder Cup pick to be announced by Love III on Monday, much of the focus will be on what his reasons are for picking Justin Thomas. That said, there is some money to be won this week, and being a 30 man field the market is very compressed and value a little harder to find than normal. Both DJ and Rory look to be bringing in some fine form, but their measly odds make it difficult to get excited!
Paul Casey 16/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £220
We feel like it would be classic Casey to go and win the FedEx, if only to give it the two fingers to the European Tour for their stance on his eligibility for the Ryder Cup. In fairness, he has been on vintage form recently recording back-to-back 2nd places finishes in his last 2 events. He’s playing some of the best golf of his life and will feel confident of bettering his 5th place finish at East Lake last year – a $10 million bonus will have the habit of grabbing anyone’s attention!
Patrick Reed 22/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £295
The feisty American may not be everyone’s cup of tea and is sure to wind us all up at Hazeltine in a couple of weeks, but he is bringing his A-game to East Lake. He would love to put his stamp on the PGA Tour, and a win at the Tour Championship would certainly give credence to his claim of being one of the best 5 players in the world.
Matt Kuchar 40/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £432.50
Kuch just can’t help racking up top tens – he’s already clocked up an astonishing 85 (eighty five) in his career. That is quite something. He’s just churning them out right now and has already come out and said that his favourite course in America is East Lake. That’s good enough for us at 40/1.
Brandt Snedeker 40/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £520
Sneds may have failed to deliver for much of the season, but his game has come good when we’ve backed him on other occasions and we are confident that he can convert some encouraging form into another good performance here – where he has memorably won before.
J.B. Holmes 40/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £260
Recently boosted by his inclusion in the Ryder Cup side, J.B is on track to close out a great season in which he has found a real consistency and some huge performances in the majors. It’s been a while since he would only perform in the desert. He’s a classy performer and has shown glimpses here in the past.
Ryan Moore 50/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £322.50
The “quirky swinging yank” as some know him, is having a fine season. There’s even talk that a strong performance in the Tour Championship may edge out Justin Thomas of the Ryder Cup side. While this may be the case, Love III has stressed that “family friend and captains favourite, Justin Thomas, is not necessarily guaranteed his spot on the team.” We’ll be rooting for Moore to ruffle a few feathers and put pressure on Love III.