This week’s 2022 Tour Championship is played in Atlanta, Georgia at the 7346-yard, East Lake Golf Course, which is a long and tough par 70.
2022 Tour Championship
Thursday, August 25 – Sunday, August 28, 2022
Strong putters on Bermuda Greens are favored this week and hitting greens in regulation is made easier for the players who are long off the tee.
That said, Kevin Na plays well here, and Jim Furyk won the event from Luke Donald in 2010 so a lack of length can be overcome on occasion.
FedExCup Standings – Top 10
- Scottie Scheffler
- Patrick Cantlay
- Will Zalatoris
- Xander Schauffele
- Sam Burns
- Cameron Smith
- Rory McIlroy
- Tony Finau
- Sepp Straka
- Sungjae Im
This week’s battle for the $18,000,000 winner’s prize for FedEx Cup is handicapped by the players’ ranking coming into the event, as shown in the table below
The Tour Championship’s unique format means we need to take extra care getting our bets on.
We have the FedEx Cup market that encompasses the starting strokes in the table above. Then we have the usual outright winner market over 72-holes.
With a guaranteed $1,000,000 for 10th place and $500,000 for 30th place, we can expect the players to be fully focused until the final hole this week.
Will Scottie Scheffler Be a Strong Favorite This Week?
Yes, I believe there’s every reason to expect a strong showing as the favorite this week from world number one, Scottie Scheffler.
Importantly, the 26-year-old has positive previous course experience here at the East Lake Country Club where he was an eye-catching debutant in 2020 when managing 2nd place in the 72-hole market.
The man from New Jersey is closer to the finished article two years on from that debut and will be determined to end his breakthrough season with the No. 1 ranking and $18,000,000 in his back pocket.
Last week at the BMW Championship, Scheffler finished third despite what could be described as a rather sloppy display on the greens. A return to Georgia should be a huge positive this week, as the last time he was there, he won the Masters, back in April.
Scottie Scheffler will start the FedEx Cup holding:
• A two-stroke advantage over Patrick Cantlay
• A three-shot lead over a potentially injured Will Zalatoris
• Four shots over Xander Schauffele
• Five shots over Sam Burns
• Six upwards over the rest
With the handicapping system allowing Scheffler to hold the advantage over the field this week, when used in the perspective and conjunction of the information we discussed previously, we have a solid golf bet at the Unibet price of +250.
Golf Pick: Scottie Scheffler – FedEx Cup Winner (+250) at Unibet
Add Cantlay for the Perfect Prop Bet
Bet365 has a funky market available where we can take Scottie Scheffler or Patrick Cantlay against the field.
With Zalatoris unlikely to compete in the market, it makes huge sense to add the bet at plus money with Bet365 this week amongst our prop bets.
Golf Prop Pick: Scottie Scheffler and Patrick Cantlay – 2 vs. the Field (+110) at Bet365
Who to Oppose This Week for Our Best Prop Bet?
When finding prop bets, it’s important to find players to oppose as well as those who to back.
Korean Sungjae Im looks like a player to oppose this week. I must say, his poor previous form here baffles me a little as I’d have guessed East Lake would have suited his game well.
It may just be that by the time the Tour Championship comes around, some players are a little burnt out, and the 24-year-old plays a very grueling schedule.
This year looks no different and getting chinned on the final day of the Wyndham Championship a couple of weeks ago may have taken the wind out of his sails.
The market I’ve found to oppose Sungjae Im in is the Top Korean where he is pitted against Kyoung Hoon Lee. Last year Kyoung Hoon Lee, unfortunately, was the bubble boy when he missed out on the Tour Championship after finishing in 31st place on the FedEx Standings.
This year, he made no mistake with a final round 65 at the BMW Championship catapulting him into the top 5 and more importantly the top 30 of the FedEx Cup.
The Top Korean bet between Sungjae Im and Kyoung Hoon Lee means Im starts four strokes in front, but I’m still taking the underdog Kyoung Hoon Lee here at TheRx amongst my best prop bets with the Bet365 attractive price of +275 standing out.
Golf Prop Pick: Top Korean – Kyoung Hoon Lee (+275) at Bet365