It’s finally here. The TOUR Championship is upon us, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks to weather delays at the BMW Championship, the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings make their way to East Lake on a bit of a short week ahead of the FedEx Cup Playoff finale. Adrenaline is sure to be pumping for the players that were able to qualify for the playoff finale, whether they played their way in last week or have had a spot locked up for a while.
East Lake, a 7,154 yard par 70, has been the home to this event since 2004 after making its debut in 1998. One of the track’s many claims to fame is the fact that it was where Bobby Jones played as a child, who would consistently shoot sub-80 rounds here before he was a teenager. The most recent incarnation of the course was introduced in 1993 and was designed to pay homage to Jones.
The top five in the standings control their own destiny this week. That means if Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson or Matt Kuchar are able to pull out a victory, they are assured of taking home the $10 million prize as FedEx Cup champion. The rest of the field will need some help to get their name on the check should they manage to secure the win. The FedEx Cup points are reset this week, which gives everyone a mathematical chance to win the championship, but that road is significantly easier for those near the top.
Brandt Snedeker, currently ranked 10th in the official standings, will attempt to repeat as champion. Not only did he take home the purse here last year, but the win also propelled him to first place in the final standings, granting him the $10 million bonus. Interestingly enough, Sneds is the first reigning FedEx Cup champion to qualify for the TOUR Championship the following year.
With so much talent packed into such a small field the winner is going to have to be at the top of their game from start to finish. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the projected final FedEx Cup standings as the week progresses, as well.