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The FedEx Cup for the 2022-23 PGA Tour season will be decided this weekend at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta at the annual Tour Championship. The tournament features the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings, and each golfer is assigned “starting strokes” based on their position in the standings. There is no cut for this limited-field event. Check here the 2023 Tour Championship Betting Odds!

The Tour Championship has been played since 1987 with the site rotating until it settled in at East Lake starting in 2004. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy hold the record with three wins each. Woods also owns the lowest 72-hole score with a 23-under 257 in 2007. McIlroy’s third win came here last year, and Phil Mickelson is the only two-time winner.

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The Course

East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta opened in 1908 and was overhauled by Donald Ross in 1913. After a renovation for the 1963 Ryder Cup, the Ross design was restored in 1994. The course hosted the Tour Championship in 1998, 2000, ’02, and from ’04 to the present day. 

The course is a par 70 and measures 7,346 yards. Hole 18 for members is a par 3, but to make the conclusion more exciting, the front and back nines are flipped for the pros. This makes the 18th a par-5, 590-yard beast with an approach that has water to be contended with if the players are trying to reach the green in two. 

Starting Strokes for the Tour Championship

For the second year in a row, Scottie Scheffler didn’t win a playoff event but will start out in front in the Tour Championship. By leading the FedEx Cup points following his runner-up finish last week, he starts the tournament at 10-under par. Viktor Hovland, the winner of the 2023 BMW Championship thanks to shooting a 61 on Sunday, is in second place and will begin the Tour Championship at -8. Here are the rest of the starting strokes going into Thursday’s first round. 

10 under: Scottie Scheffler

8 under: Viktor Hovland

7 under: Rory McIlroy

6 under: Jon Rahm

5 under: Lucas Glover

4 under: Max Homa, Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark, Matt Fitzpatrick

3 under: Tommy Fleetwood, Russell Henley, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele

2 under: Tom Kim, Sungjae Im, Tony Finau, Corey Conners, Si Woo Kim

1 under: Taylor Moore, Nick Taylor, Adam Schenk, Collin Morikawa, Jason Day

Even par: Sam Burns, Emiliano Grillo, Tyrrell Hatton, Jordan Spieth, Sepp Straka

In the four years that starting strokes have been used, the leader going in won in two of those years (Patrick Cantlay in 2021, and Dustin Johnson in 2020). Last year, McIlroy started at -4 and won by a stroke over Scheffler and Sungjae Im. That was one better than his 2019 comeback, where McIlroy started at -5 and won by four strokes.

Scheffler Favored Over Defending Champ McIlroy

Scottie Scheffler (+135) is nearly an even-money favorite to win with his two-stroke lead to start out with. Scheffler, who won four times last year and has two this year, is still stinging from a 73 in last year’s final round that cost him the FedEx Cup title. After posting seven straight top-five finishes, Scheffler was out of the top 20 at The Open Championship and FedEx St. Jude Championship, but he rebounded to finish tied for second last week. He’s overcome a shaky putter all year, but he needs to be firing on all cylinders this week.

Rory McIlroy (+350) is starting three strokes closer to the lead than he did a year ago when he gained seven shots on Scheffler in the final round to win by one stroke. The Northern Irishman is looking to be the first back-to-back FedEx Cup champ. He’s been the circuit’s hottest golfer since the PGA Championship in May, where he started a streak of nine consecutive top-10 finishes, which includes a win at the Genesis Scottish Open last month and top-fives in both playoff events. 

Other Contenders

Viktor Hovland (+400) couldn’t have picked a better time to card a 61 for the first time in his career last Sunday at the BMW Championship. It not only gave him the victory, but he’s in second going into the Tour Championship. Last year, he finished 15th in Atlanta but finished the weekend with rounds of 67 and 65. 

Jon Rahm (+750) came into the playoffs with the lead but finds himself in fourth at -6 now. The four-time winner this season isn’t too far off, as his runner-up at The Open Championship last month showed. And he’s always a contender here. After placing runner-up in 2021, he posted a round of 63 here last year.

Patrick Cantlay (+2000) won this event two years ago, won the BMW Championship in 2021 and ’22, and lost in a playoff at the FedEx St. Jude a few weeks ago. Cantlay shines come playoff time, but he’ll be six strokes behind Scheffler going into Thursday’s opening round.

Xander Schauffele (+2500) is seven shots back but excels at East Lake. He won here in 2017 under the previous format and had the lowest 72-hole score in 2020. Overall, he’s finished no worse than seventh in his last six tries in Atlanta.

Longshots

Lucas Glover (+4000) wasn’t able to get his third win in a row last week, but he was a solid 22nd at the BMW to leave him in fifth going into the finale. That’s not too bad after he was a major longshot to even make the playoffs before winning the Wyndham Championship. East Lake hasn’t been his friend, however, since he’s only finished under par here once in four tries.

Sungjae Im (+6000) started at -4 last year and nearly won the thing, finishing just a stroke behind McIlroy. In addition, his 264 was just one stroke behind McIlroy for the 72-hole low. Im struggled for much of the spring, but he’s heating up at the right time. After a 14th at the Wyndham Championship, he placed in the top 10 in the two playoff events. 

2023 Tour Championship Betting Odds

Can Scheffler get it done? He hasn’t won at this time of year, but expect him to be driven after his close call last year. McIlroy is a player who knows what to expect and has been shown to handle the pressure. Our longshots are Schaffele, Im, and Matt Fitzpatrick (+3000), who jumped into the top 10 after a runner-up finish last week and has won big tournaments over the past two years.

Here are the latest odds from JazzSports for the PGA Tour’s 2023 Tour Championship.

GOLFERSODDS TO WIN 2023 TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Scottie Scheffler+135
Rory McIlroy+350
Viktor Hovland+400
Jon Rahm+750
Patrick Cantlay+2000
Max Homa+2500
Xander Schauffele+2500
Matt Fitzpatrick+3000
Brian Harman+4000
Lucas Glover+4000
Wyndham Clark+4000

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