2018 Tour Championship: How can Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and others win the FedEx Cup
22 September, 2018, 06:13
Not only will the competition go from four events down to three, the Tour Championship, starting next year, will place players at certain scores to start the tournament.
Also, the model says three golfers with odds of 16-1 or longer will make a deep run at the Tour Championship title.
"I think a lot of it is dependent on what country you're from", Woods said.
One huge surprise the model is calling for in its 2018 Tour Championship picks: Woods, the only player to win the FedEx Cup a few times, makes a strong run but falls just short of winning the title.
A FedEx Cup title for Smith would require him to win the Tour Championship and have a ideal storm of results from the top-five seeds, starting with top-ranked Bryson DeChambeau finishing in a three-way tie for fourth or worse.
"Really happy with my round", Rose, making his first start as world number one, told reporters after birdies at the final two holes.
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The tour said there would not be a separate purse for the Tour Championship. Hosted at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., the season's best will try to capture one final trophy at the no-cut event, and also win the FedEx Cup and its coveted $10-millon payday. Tiger Woods, who is 20th in FedEx Cup points, would start in a tie for 16th on two under. The FedEx Cup playoffs are reduced from four events to three, with the victor of the Tour Championship being the FedEx Cup champion. This year, Dustin Johnson had the most points in the regular season by 83 points over Thomas. Finau joins Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as Furyk's four wild-card selections.
A win at East Lake would not only secure a FedEx Cup for DeChambeau, but it would put him in decorated company. "I'm not sure if it was true or not, but I heard that no one had been in the top five after winning the FedEx Cup".
The 42-year-old has been mightily impressive, racking up six top-10 finishes that included runners-up finishes at the Valspar Championship and the PGA Championship. That means he'll probably need to finish in the top 15 this weekend in Florida.
Among the bigger surprises at the beginning of 2018 would have been to suggest that Woods would be at East Lake for the season-ending, 30-player event and Jordan Spieth would not. I didn't know how many tournaments I'd play in and the next [thing] you know I'm here in the Tour Championship. The course of his career has changed since he last played at East Lake.
"I've come close to winning golf tournaments again, of putting the pieces together", Woods said. If the inconsistency continues, it will bode very well for the American Ryder Cup team. On five under after the first-round 65 of the Tour Championship, the 14-time major-winner is alongside Rickie Fowler, another star in the U.S. team who will descend on Paris looking for their first victory on European soil in 25 years.