With the 2021 FedEx Cup championship in the books for about a week, now—between the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup—is the perfect time to look ahead to the early favorites to win the 2022 FedEx Cup . In addition, we’re going to examine some changes that will be coming on the PGA Tour as details of the strategic alliance between that governing body and the European Tour have been released.
After he led the standings at the end of the regular season and finished second to Patrick Cantlay in the final standings this year, Jon Rahm is a large favorite to finish the job in 2022 at +600. Rahm won the U.S. Open and tied for the 72-hole low at the Tour Championship (Cantlay won the tournament by starting four shots ahead of Rahm by virtue of his win the week before at the BMW Championship). But Rahm was remarkably consistent all season, finishing in the top 10 an impressive 15 times in 22 starts. He also finished third at The Open Championship, fifth at the Masters, eighth at the PGA Championship, and was leading by six strokes after 54 holes at the Memorial but had to withdraw after a positive COVID-19 test result.
Xander Schauffele (+1200) has the next best odds to win the FedEx Cup next season, capitalizing on his Olympic gold medal-winning performance from this past summer and a fifth-place finish at the Tour Championship last week. Schauffele didn’t have a win on tour this year but did finish second three times and third once. He’s also been solid in major play, finishing seventh and fifth at the U.S. Open the past two years and tied for third at the Masters.
Justin Thomas and 2020 FedEx Cup champ Dustin Johnson are next at +1400 each. Thomas won The Players Championship—the official fifth major—and recorded a second and a third as well. Johnson also won the Masters in 2020 and finished this season strong with a sixth place at the BMW Championship then was eighth at the Tour Championship.
The Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau are each +1600. DeChambeau won the 2020 U.S. Open and the Arnold Palmer Invitational and took Cantlay to the sixth playoff hole at the BMW before falling, so he will be hungry to finish things off next season.
The defending champion Cantlay is at +1800 to repeat, and if his putter is on fire like it was at the BMW, “Patty Ice” could easily be a contender to do it all again. If you’re betting the Jordan Spieth’s 2021 wasn’t a fluke and he’s really back to form from five years ago, you can grab him at +2000. Spieth won the Valero Texas Open this past year and was runner-up at The Open Championship.
Here’s a look at the odds for the top-10 golfers to win the 2022 Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, courtesy of Jazz Sports.
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The biggest news coming out of this announcement is that three tournaments next year will be co-sanctioned by both the PGA Tour and European Tour, allowing golfers to earn FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai points in the same event. The tournaments are: the Barbasol Championship, the Barracuda Championship, and the Genesis Scottish Open.
The field at the Genesis Scottish Open will be split between the two tours, and the event will be held the week before The Open Championship each season through at least 2025. The event has been part of the European Tour’s Rolex Series, which includes premium events on that tour, since it began in 2017.
For the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship, 50 European Tour golfers will be eligible to participate in each event. These events will take place at the same time as the Scottish Open and The Open Championship, giving more golfers a chance to earn points for their respective series’ championships.
In addition, the Irish Open will see a significant increase in prize money, as the number is doubling to $6 million for the 2022 edition.
“With today’s news, I am pleased to say that the PGA Tour and the European Tour are both stronger than at any time in our history, as we are positioned to grow—together—over the next 10 years faster than we have at any point in our existence,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a press release.
The news should help make European Tour stars more of a household name for American golf fans and vice versa, especially starting in a year when there isn’t a Ryder Cup.
In addition to the details about this partnership, the 2021-22 PGA Tour schedule was also announced. The biggest change is that the first playoff event will now be held at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. That event was the second-to-last event of the regular season this past year and will be known as the FedEx St. Jude Championship. The event replaces The Northern Trust, which saw the sponsorship agreement with that company end with the tournament three weeks ago. That event had rotated among different courses, being held this past year at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. The BMW Championship will be contested at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, and as always, the FedEx Cup playoffs end with the Tour Championship from East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Next year’s tournament dates are August 25-28, 2022.
There will be 10 PGA Tour events in 2021 that count towards next year’s FedEx Cup standings, starting with the Fortinet Championship next week at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
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