350 days ago, the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season began in Napa, California. At that point in time, Tiger Woods was chipping, Bryson DeChambeau had 1 career win, Brooks Koepka had 1 career major, and Bubba Watson was playing Volviks. A lot has changed since then and has helped make 2018 a very memorable year.
The PGA Tour will play its final event of the season this week as the Tour Championship is held at East Lake Golf Club. This event has been held at the Atlanta club every year since 2004 and has been the conclusion of every FedExCup series. The final event comes with the possibility of being a humdrum affair, but it can also be a race to the finish for 10 million dollars.
Before this turns into a normal newsletter tournament preview, we need to discuss the changes that were announced for the 2019 FedExCup and Tour Championship.
Here is a brief recap: Players are staggered at the Tour Championship from -10 to E based on their position, winner gets $15M, and the winner wins both the Tour Championship and the FedExCup. Full changes. This means that (theoretically) someone could get beaten by 9 shots in the tournament and still win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. It will also count as an official win in the record books.
What. The. Hell. Is. Going. On. This is the weirdest and most convoluted “solution” I have ever seen. No sport has their championship game start with a lead for one team. This “solution” only proves that PGA Tour golf is more entertainment than it is sport.
X and JT
Last season brought us a very fun finale at East Lake as Xander Schauffele captured his second PGA Tour victory. X rolled in a nervy final putt to shoot 68 and slip past Justin Thomas by 1 shot. JT capped off his 5-win season with a runner-up finish and a Player of the Year title. He returns to East Lake with a chance to defend that title as he is in the top 5 in FedExCup points. 2018 Tee Times
This week is the final competition these players will face before many of them head to France for the Ryder Cup. Depending on Jason Day’s play this week, there is a chance the top 10-ranked players in the world will all be on a Ryder Cup team.
Amazingly, only Tiger Woods has won the FedExCup as the #1 seed entering East Lake. Bryson DeChambeau looks to join him this week, and he seems to be doing everything he can to prepare. If he doesn’t win, he’ll become the third player to win multiple playoff events and not win the FedExCup.
Speaking of Tiger, he could theoretically reach 3 FedExCups before anyone else reaches two. He would need a win and a lot of help to do so. This is the first time he has played at East Lake since 2013.
Other than Bryson, Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau, Justin Thomas, and Justin Rose are the only players who can control their own destiny this week. If any of these players win, the FedExCup goes to them.
There aren’t many players to choose from this week, but Paulie doesn’t take weeks off. He breaks down what to expect for fantasy golf on the final week of the season. Read his full article HERE.
The Web.com Tour Championship will take place this weekend as well as players attempt to earn their PGA Tour cards. This week’s host is Atlantic Beach Country Club, a cool track outside of Jacksonville. Some serious drama will go down as players are literally fighting for their jobs this week. Tee Times
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