"I'm going to go try to win the golf tournament". We're all creatures of habit and it seems very different that you're starting at a different position to the rest of the field. Tiger Woods shot 11-under past year while Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy both shot 12-under in 2017 and 2016, respectively. This is the ninth time since the FedEx Cup began in 2007 that only one rookie reached the Tour Championship, and eight of those players were voted rookie of the year. 21-25, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners, Sungjae Im and Chez Reavie will start at 1-under.
Justin Rose and Tiger Woods pose with their trophies following the 2018 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
Ok. So as most of the world knows, golfers will tee off Thursday with a predetermined score based on current FedEx Cup rankings.
Other top players missing the finale are several who have been FedEx contenders in the past, including Phil Mickelson (No. 47), Jason Day (No. 54), Francesco Molinari (No. 40) and Ian Poulter (No. 41).
With the PGA Tour season wrapping up this week, my focus has started to shift overseas as the European Tour schedule starts to pick up. Thomas is playing in the Tour Championship for the fourth time, having finished in the top 10 each time. This year, for the first time, the playoffs consist of just three events, down from four. The Spaniard ranks second in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in terms of greens hit in regulation and has finished in the top five at the first two playoffs events this season.
Let's shift gears to my Draftkings selections for the 2019 Tour Championship! It's possible that Thomas could finish the most under par and win the FedEx Cup, even though he doesn't have the lowest 72-hole score.
Justin Thomas found it hard holding a six-shot lead heading into the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday, knowing he was expected to win with such a big advantage. The fifth was a tie for 11th in the Open Championship.
If the same format had been in place at last year's Tour Championship, Woods would not have been credited with a victory; there is no separate tournament title this year as there has been in the past.
McIlroy has two wins and 13 top-10s this year and yet he is behind Reed, who has a single win and only four top-10s. He has only played at East Lake twice in the past five years but finished T8 in 2016 and T9 in 2014. Also, I would caution you to manage your bankroll (and emotions) this week.
He was T9 last week at the BMW and T5 at the Northern Trust the week before. If he had finished in a two-way tie for second, he would have won the cup. Johnson has five top-10 finishes the Tour Championship, the best a tie for third a year ago, but he blew a Sunday lead with a 73 in 2016 and tied for sixth. At 5/1, the Floridian is the bookmakers' third-favorite to win at East Lake, where his best result is a sixth place in 2017.
Justin Rose is only the fourth player to return to the Tour Championship a year after winning the FedEx Cup.
OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH - Adam Scott, Australia; Matt Kuchar, United States; Abraham Ancer, Mexico; Webb Simpson, United States; Gary Woodland, United States. However, I think a top-five finish is certainly a possibility. Two strong performances in the playoffs thus far to go with a T3 the last time he played this course back in 2017 makes him a good value play.
I think East Lake Golf Club sets up well for Brooks as well.
Rory McIlroy is closing in on $50 million in career earnings on the golf course, and that's only from the PGA Tour.
According to the IGF, a player who has represented one country and has acquired a new nationality can play for his new country provided that at least four years have passed since he last played for his former country.