TOUR Championship Power Rankings: Major Talent Packed Into a Small Field
TOUR Championship: Power Rankings for FedEx Cup Playoff Finale
Now that only 30 players remain in contention in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the TOUR Championship is truly up for grabs. Every one of the golfers in this week’s field played their way to East Lake and they are all more than capable of putting together four quality rounds to take home the title. Whether or not the winner of this event will secure the $10 million FedEx Cup prize is another story. Excluding the top five in the current rankings, the winner will need some help from the rest of the field to cash in.
East Lake has been the home of the TOUR Championship since 2004, which means that a considerable portion of the field has at least some similarity with this track. When an event packs as much pressure into it as the FedEx Cup Playoff finale, having some semblance of comfort with the course is a huge bonus. If this season on the PGA Tour has taught us anything this far, however, it’s not to count out golfers making their debut at any event or at a particular track.
As with any event, there are players coming in that have gotten hot recently and are trending in the right direction. I tend to give some additional consideration to those players in the Power Rankings – especially in big events – compared with golfers that seem to be slumping at an inopportune time. Just like we are told all too often, however, past performance is not indicative of future results.
With that being said, following you will find the Power Rankings for the TOUR Championship. Feel free to comment with your thoughts as to who you feel should have been included on this list.
#5 Hunter Mahan
Mahan has the distinction of being the only golfer to play in every event in the history of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He’s finished in the top 25 in each of the three previous Playoff events this year and has gotten better with each tournament. Mahan has three top 10 finishes at this track, including a solo second place result in 2011. Coming off of a tie for fourth at the BMW Championship, I like his chances to be in the mix late into the weekend.
#4 Zach Johnson
His win at the BMW Championship catapulted him from 27th to fourth in the standings. Johnson is on fire right now with six top 10s in his last seven starts. He’s found his form at the right time and his short game should keep him inside of the top 10 yet again.
#3 Tiger Woods
By now we all know about Tiger’s season. He has played exceedingly well for the majority of the year and is always a favorite heading into each week. He’s pretty much a lock to finish in the top 10 but I don’t see him doing enough to win against this field. He won here in 2007 and finished tied for eighth last year in addition to finishing second on three occasions. He clearly likes this track but I think the driver will put him in a few too many precarious situations and prevent him from winning.
#2 Brandt Snedeker
It’s hard not to like the reigning FedEx Cup champion who is also defending his title at this event. He is actually the first champion that has been able to make their way back to the finale. Snedeker is trending in the right direction throughout Playoffs – he missed the cut at The Barclays, finished tied for 47 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and managed to tie for eighth last week after holding a share of the 36-hole lead. If his upward trend continues, he just might take home another $10 million.
#1 Adam Scott
It’s his time to step up to the plate and I think he will rise to the challenge. Currently ranked third in the points standings, Scott can secure the FedEx Cup Championship with a win. It will also strengthen his position as a contender for Player of the Year honors. He’s currently fourth in scoring average and 13th in total driving. I think Scott manages the pressure this week and makes a serious run at the title.