The first two rounds of the 2021 PGA Tour Championship season’s final event are complete, with only a weekend of action left before the conclusion of the 2020-21 season and FedEx Cup Playoffs. The top-30 players in the standings are testing their ability at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA.
Patrick Cantlay, the winner of last week’s BMW Championship, began the tournament in the top spot with a 10-under score thanks to the Tour’s Starting Strokes format. Cantlay (-17) opened up play with a 3-under 67 and followed that up with a 4-under 66 on Friday for a one-shot lead over Jon Rahm (-16).
Rahm has posted back-to-back rounds of 65 through the first two rounds of the event, the lowest total score (130) amongst the 30 players playing. The U.S. Open champion closed out Friday’s round with three straight birdies.
Bryson DeChambeau (-11) enters the weekend in third place and six shots back of Cantlay. DeChambeau began the tournament at 7-under and shot a 1-under (69) in the opening round and 3-under (67) on Friday.
Heading into the weekend in fourth place is Justin Thomas (-10). Thomas began the tournament at 4-under and six shots back of Cantlay. The 2021 PLAYERS champion has posted a pair of 67’s over the tournament’s first two days.
There are five players that round out the top five, including Harris English, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Smith, Kevin Na, and Tony Finau. Finau opened with a forgettable 2-over on Thursday but bounced back with a 3-under round on Friday to climb back into the top five.
The three players tied for tenth at 8-under are Louis Oosthuizen, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy. McIlroy shot the best round of the day amongst the group with a 4-under 66.
Heading into the weekend, the tournament is shaping up into a two-man match play event between Cantlay and Rahm. Rahm (+100) is the betting favorite after posting the low total over the first two rounds. Cantlay (+140) is right behind Rahm and carries the 36-hole advantage into the weekend.
The betting odds rise considerably after those two have separated themselves from the rest of the field. DeChambeau (+1400) has the third-best odds but sits six strokes back of the leader and will need some magic over the weekend to take home the title.
Thomas (+2000) has the second-best odds outside of the top two as he sits in fourth place and seven shots back. If Thomas were able to win the tournament, he’d lock up the second FedEx Cup Championship of his career (2017).
McIlroy (+4000) and Hovland (+4000) could make something happen over the next two days but will need some help from the two at the top to do so. McIlroy is a two-time FedEx Cup winner and could be the first three-time winner with a win. Hovland is looking for his first FedEx Cup title and third PGA title.
Rounding out the final players with odds to win the PGA Tour Championship are Finau (+5000), English (+5500), Smith (+6000), and Spieth (+6000).
You can also bet if Rahm or Cantlay will win the tournament. Rahm is (+100) for YES and (-130) for NO. Cantlay is (+140) for YES and (-180) for NO.
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