Onto East Lake and the Tour Championship, the end of the rope. The finality of the PGA Tour season. It’s terribly, terribly sad. Sure, remind us that the Fall Series is coming up and the main reason 87% of golf fans are even looking forward to it lies in a legend’s return from missed action.
I’m thankful that the Tour Championship isn’t the only phenomenal golf of the fall—can’t wait for the Ryder Cup.
Let’s dive into some predictions for this week’s play and the $10 million bones.
Last 5 Deutsche Bank Champs
2015: Jordan Spieth (Read more here)
2014: Billy Horschel (Read more here)
2013: Henrik Stenson (Read more here)
2012: Brandt Snedeker & the “SnedEx Cup”
2011: Bill Haas
Click here to check out the 2016 Tour Championship field and their needed scenario to claim the $10 million.
This Week’s Player Picks
Two from the Fairway (Contenders)
He’s the undisputed PGA Tour Player of the Year for 2016, which will be announced later this year. Three top-2 finishes in the past 7 events he’s played, with two of those being victories. A major championship, a top seat at the Tour Championship’s FedEx Cup standings, and a place atop the United States Ryder Cup team—2016 has been a special year for Dustin Johnson.
He’ll continue the solid play on a golf course where he’s registered three consecutive top-10 finishes.
When talents this good are on their game, ride them until the end of their days…
Have a year, @DJohnsonPGA:
#1 in Driving Distance
#1 in Scoring Avg.
#1 in FedEx Cup
#1 in Top-10s
#1 in Birdie % pic.twitter.com/ZOUGG19TbE
— TaylorMade Golf (@TaylorMadeGolf) September 12, 2016
Few players in the field really NEED to play well this week as much as Bubba Watson. The 7th-ranked player in the world has been snubbed thus far from the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and he’s playing for a final Love captain selection to be made after the Tour Championship. Love’s quotes on the final selection indicate that he’ll give a look to a player who plays well in East Lake.
Watson has a strong track record at East Lake, as well. Two top-5 finishes in his past 3 experiences. His game has been sporadic of late, but his streaks of solid play leave optimism for the Watson fans out there. He’s ranked all the way down at 24th in this week’s final, so even a win doesn’t guarantee a FedEx Cup $10 million. But it might give him a place in Minnesota. And that’s plenty of motivation for the 37-year old.
Watson will find his game this week and finish easily in the top third of this field.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 19, 2016
One from the Rough (Sleeper)
He’s tough to call a “sleeper,” as he’s ranked 23rd in the world and 11th in the FedEx Cup standings, but when you have these players in the field, a player like Snedeker falls nicely into Sleeper Land.
Snedeker’s game at the Tour Championship has a win and a SnedEx Cup $10 million and he’s played in the final event 4 of the past 5 seasons. Coming in off of a 13th place finish at the BMW where he hit greens and hit fairways (both at almost 70%), he’ll be looking to sharpen his game for the Ryder Cup where he’ll be wearing the red, white, and blue.
Here’s a nice clip courtesy Michelob Ultra an Fox Sports to get you on the SnedTrain.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 19, 2016
The Man With the Trophy
Dustin Johnson’s been the player of the year, but it’s been Adam Scott who’s played the best, and most consistent golf of the entire playoff schedule.
The playoffs for Adam Scott have looked like this:
His finish at the first event, The Barclays, came despite losing well over a stroke with his putter (—1.204 strokes). The putting has turned around since, but his ball striking is perhaps the best in the world right now. His attention will be focused on closing out the FedEx Cup while all others are looking to Hazeltine.
I’m jumping on Adam Scott this week.
In the meantime, I’ll learn how to play better golf from him, too.
— GOLF.com (@golf_com) September 16, 2016