TOUR Championship Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Final week of the 2020 PGA Tour season
- Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm resume their battle to win the FedExCup
- Field start the week with staggered scoring
TOUR Championship Odds
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TOUR Championship Picks and Predictions
Xander Schauffele has a superb record at East Lake and can win the 72-hole low score for the week (starting strokes not counting) at +1100 with Bet365.
Bermuda grass specialist Webb Simpson can improve his position on the leaderboard to land a top-three at +275 with DraftKings.
Back 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed at -118 to win his BetMGM match-bet against Kevin Kisner.
Xander Schauffele to win without starting strokes +1100 at bet365
Webb Simpson to finish in the top three +275 at DraftKings
Billy Horschel to beat Viktor Hovland in a match-bet -125 at BetMGM
How to Watch the TOUR Championship
|TOUR Championship Information|
|When||Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7|
|How to watch||Friday & Saturday 1pm & 7pm ET, Sunday 1pm & 8pm ET & Monday 12pm & 7pm ET (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.|
TOUR Championship Profile
Fresh from the most thrilling finish of the season so far, which witnessed Jon Rahm defeat Dustin Johnson in a play-off at Olympia Fields last Sunday, an elite field of 30 makes its way to East Lake Golf Club in Georgia for the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs.
As last year the players begin the TOUR Championship with starting strokes which gives those players highest in the rankings an advantage as they chase not only the trophy but also the lucrative financial bounty which accompanies the win.
Ahead of Friday’s first-round the top of the leaderboard therefore reads: -10 Dustin Johnson, -8 Jon Rahm, -7 Justin Thomas, -6 Webb Simpson, -5 Collin Morikawa.
Notable names who face an uphill battle in their quest for glory include Bryson DeChambeau, who begins on -4, and Rory McIlroy, who starts on -3.
It’s a complicated situation, but the books have been creative, offering punters plenty of options to enjoy the action.
X Marks the Spot
It’s likely that 26-year-old Xander Schauffele will always have a soft spot for East Lake because it was there that he announced himself to the worldwide golfing scene with a stunning victory in the 2017 Tour Championship. The fact he was a rookie who had struggled early in the campaign mattered little.
Buoyed by fifth place in that year’s U.S. Open he claimed a maiden win a month later and then cruised through the high-quality 30-man field to swiftly add a second title. Those were the first signs of a golfer with the capacity to peak for the big events. He’s added another five major championship top tens, notched a first World Golf Championship title, and was also runner-up in the 2018 PLAYERS Championship.
He’s on a current run of 15 top 25 finishes in 17 starts which is impressive consistency and now he heads to a venue where he was seventh on the defense of his title and then second last year. In those three visits, he’s topped the Strokes Gained Off the Tee and Approach categories, and also finished second in Around the Greens and Tee to Green.
Webb’s Week Off Can Pay Dividends
When Webb Simpson teed it up in the Wyndham Championship, straight after the WGC St Jude and PGA Championship, something had to give if he were to give himself some breathing space ahead of this week and the U.S. Open in two weeks time.
Simpson loves the Wyndham tournament and his presence there was rewarded with the third-place which he followed with sixth in The Northern Trust. But he then immediately took last week off, risking the loss of a few shots in the stagger, but content that he would be fresher for the final push of the season.
When the field found themselves tussling with the bone-hard greens at Olympia Fields last week he was probably patting himself on the back because it’s easy to imagine that many will be mentally exhausted following that test. Simpson may also be happy in the knowledge that the greens at East Lake will take him back to his happy place. Because the Bermuda grass on the putting surfaces is where Simpson finds himself at an advantage against the field. In his last ten starts on them, he has landed two wins, two seconds, two thirds, and has finished in the top 20 every time. Moreover, he’s performed well at East Lake itself, a fifth and two fourths in his seven starts.
With his form on these greens, that’s worth taking.
Billy Can Win Battle of the Hs
Billy Horschel and Viktor Hovland share more than the same initial at the start of their surname because they are among the pack of five players who begin the week, as usual, on level-par.
Most observers believe that their chances of claiming outright success this week are more or less non-existent, but they both have plenty to play for.
Hovland is continuing his education at the highest level, whilst Horschel is eyeing a fond return to a course he’s always enjoyed in the past. He finished seventh in his tournament debut in 2013, claimed the win in 2014, and then added second in 2018.
Dig deeper and his suitability for the test seems complete because he’s twice ranked first for Greens in Regulation and twice second for Scrambling. It’s a recipe for success which has seen him end 11 of his 12 laps of the course in the top seven on the leaderboard.
In contrast, Hovland is a debutant this week which is one reason to back Horschel.
Another is their record when head-to-head on Bermuda grass greens, which the American leads 6-3.
Take the -125 with BetMGM that Horschel prevails again.
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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics.
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