LAST TOURNAMENT: BMW Championship (Justin Thomas)
THIS WEEK: Tour Championship, Aug. 22-25
East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta (Par 70, 7,385 yards)
Purse: Winner: $15 million; 2nd: $5M; 3rd: $4M, 4th: $3M; 5th: $2.5M; 6th: $1.9M; 7th: $1.3M; 8th: $1.1M; 9th: $950,000; 10th: $830,000
Defending champion: Tiger Woods
FedEx Cup leader: Thomas
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-7 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m. (GC), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC)
NOTES: The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings advanced to the Tour Championship. … Woods failed to qualify and will not defend his title. … Thomas will start the tournament at 10-under par, with a two-shot advantage over Patrick Cantlay, who enters second in the Cup standings. World No. 1 Brooks Koepka will start at 7 under, followed by Patrick Reed (6 under) and Rory McIlroy (5 under). … The total bonus pool for this year’s FedEx Cup race is $70 million. … This is a no-cut event. … All players are guaranteed at least $395,000 for qualifying for the Tour Championship.
BEST BETS: Thomas (+221 by PointsBet) starts with a two-shot lead and is coming off a victory. However, despite a course-record 61 on Saturday, Thomas had a two-way miss off the tee on Sunday and managed to hold on. … Cantlay (+450) has a victory at the Memorial along with six other top-10s this season. If he can keep it straighter off the tee this week, no one is striking his irons better. … Koepka (+500) spent much of the season in the top spot and has a knack for bringing out his best in marquee events. … McIlroy (+750) has a pair of wins and more top-10s (13) than not (5) in 2019. He’s likely to make a strong run – but can he finish on Sunday?
NEXT TOURNAMENT: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, Sept. 12-15