Spieth To Sign Off With Tour Championship And FedEx Cup Success
- 20 Sep 2016
2016 Tour Championship Betting Preview
There is all to play for at the East Lake Golf Club in Georgia this week as players vie for The Tour Championship title and of course the $10m Fed Ex Cup bonus that is on offer to the man who finishes top of the FedEx Cup standings. The top-30 players in the FedEx Cup standings are in attendance from Thursday and all of them will have their eye on the big money prize, with Jordan Spieth potentially the pick of the 'big guns'...
- Jordan Spieth is defending champion at East Lake
- Paul Casey tied 4th at East Lake in 2010 and tied 5th in 2015
|22nd September - 25th September||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
| Jordan Spieth (each way)
|@ 9 / 1|
|Paul Casey first round leader (each way)||@ 20 / 1|
|Matt Kuchar (each way)||@ 33 / 1|
The Big Five
Spieth has often been overshadowed by some of his big-hitting peers of late but unlike the recent FedEx Cup play-off events, the Tour Championship is played at a venue that places a premium on accuracy off the tee and finding greens in regulation. It augurs well that Spieth putted well en route to his tie for 9th at the BMW Championship last time out and, with his short game in good order, we are more than happy to back him at 9/1 at an East Lake venue he clearly loves.
East Lake has hosted the Tour Championship ever since 2004 and Spieth's form here reads 2-27-1 and the defending champion has been quick to liken the course to another he thrives on - Augusta. The 2015 Master winner has twice finished runner-up at the opening major of the year and we fancy that he will have a point to prove when returning to Georgia following his meltdown at Augusta earlier this year.
Tip #1: Jordan Spieth (each way) @ 9/1 with Betfred.
It is Dustin Johnson who is a 5/1 favourite this week as be bids to become only the fourth player to win the BMW and Tour Championships back-to-back and he has twice finished in the top-five at East Lake.
Rory McIlroy is a touch further back at 11/2 and the Deutsche Bank winner did finish runner-up here in 2014, while Jason Day (10/1) boasts a scoring average of 68.87 from his past sixteen rounds at East Lake, although the Australian did withdraw from the BMW last time out.
Day's fellow countryman, Adam Scott (11/1), boasts a run of 4-4-4 during the FedEx Cup play-off events but only has a best of tied 6th to show from previous visits to East Lake.
Make A Case For Paul To Be First Round Leader
Paul Casey has also been in good touch during the play-offs as he has been runner-up in the last two tournaments and the Englishman is a player who has the game to flourish at East lake, where he tied 4th in 2010 and tied 5th in 2015. Casey ranks 30th for driving accuracy and 13th for greens in regulation during the past six months on the PGA Tour and it is worth noting that he boasts a first round scoring average of 65.5 at the Tour Championship.
Casey has twice been in the front-five of the leaderboard at the close of the opening day here and he is a tempting 20/1 to be first round leader this time.
Tip #2: Paul Casey first round leader (each way) @ 20/1 with Bet Victor.
Kuchar To Prosper
Finally, Matt Kuchar has been admirably consistent of late and it would be just reward for an excellent year if he were to excel. Kuchar has a couple of top-tens to show from previous visits to East Lake but his game is in good order and he can improve on those returns, particularly as his tie for 4th at the BMW was his seventh top-six in his past fifteen starts worldwide.
Kuchar has the short game to thrive here and he is another whose record at Augusta should stand him in good stead, with Kuchar piling up three top-eights in the opening major of the year previously. Like Spieth, Kuchar can sign off a good year individually with a big performance before the Ryder Cup gets going next week.
Tip #3: Matt Kuchar (each way) @ 33/1 with Betfred.com.