Tour Championship Third Round Update
Sunday, September 5th, 2021
We are 18 holes away from the end of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season after the first three rounds of the TOUR Championship. The final round of play Sunday caps both the Tour season and the end of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings have one more round to improve their position at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA.
Tour Championship Third Round
Patrick Cantlay takes a two-shot lead into the final 18 homes of play, right where he started to begin the tournament. The Tour Championship uses the Tour’s Starting Stroke Format to reward those players ranked higher in the playoff standings. Cantlay, the winner of last week’s BMW Championship, began the week at 10-under, two shots clear of any competitor.
After scoring 65 in each of the first rounds, Jon Rahm finished Saturday’s round at 2-under to sit two shots back of Cantlay at 18-under. Justin Thomas (-15) is in third place after firing a 65 and tying for the day’s low round.
Rounding out the top five is Kevin Na (-13), Billy Horschel (-10), and Abraham Ancer (-10). Na shot a bogey-free round 66 to move into fourth place. Horschel, the 2014 FedEx Cup champion and Ancer, played bogey-free as well, with Ancer carding a 65 and Horshcel with a respectable 67.
Bryson DeChambeau (-9) fell out of the top-10 with a third score of 72. The two-over total moved DeChambeau into a tie for seventh place with Norway’s Viktor Hovland. Hovland shot an even round 70 with three bogeys and three birdies on his scorecard.
The players entering Sunday’s round tied for ninth and at eight-under include Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, and last season’s winner Dustin Johnson.
Brooks Koepka withdrew from the tournament before his third round began with an apparent wrist injury.
Sunday’s Golf Betting Odds
With only 18 holes left to play, there is a clear discrepancy in scores between the top few players and the rest of the field, and the betting odds reflect that. Over at Jazzsports, there are just four players with current golf odds to win the event.
Cantlay (-150) is the odds on favorite with a two-shot lead and excellent form over the past two weeks of play. If Cantlay can hold off and win, it will be his first FedEx title and second consecutive victory.
Rahm (+120) started the tournament trailing Cantlay by four shots, has the lowest three-day score of the players. He is poised to make a Sunday push. Getting Rahm at plus-money trailing by just two strokes could be worth a gamble.
The top two players have made it a match play event between them, but there is an outside shot that either Thomas or Na could make some magic happen on Sunday. Thomas (+900) and Na (+7000) are heavy longshots and probably out of range to make a run at the top spot.
Jazzsports also offers gamblers options on Cantlay or Rahm to win with just a Yes or No bet. Rahm’s odds are YES (+120) and NO (-160), while Cantlay’s are YES (-135) and NO (+105).
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