This year’s edition of the PGA Tour season will at last be coming to an end this weekend as the final leg of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, the Tour Championship, is set to kick off. Don’t be too worried golf fans! The tour will be back in early October, the 5th to be exact, so it will only be a 2 week ‘offseason’. As for the highly anticipated finals, it is played, like it is every year, at East Lake Golf Club in Georgia. The course is a Par 70 measured at nearly 7,400 yards. The features of the layout are somewhat similar to Augusta National, which is one of the more difficult courses in the USA. It has pretty difficult to hit fairways along with a bunch of slopes scattered around the course. The tournament this week only features the Top 30 golfers in the Fed Ex Cup standings so there will be no cut. The greens at this course are designed with Bermuda Grass so take this into consideration when doing putting research. Nevertheless, the key statistics for this tournament are Par 4 scoring (450-500 yards), SG:Off-The-Tee, driving accuracy, and Proximity (approaches from 150-175 yards). Now, let’s get into some picks! iphone 8 leather wallet case
Top Price Tier
Justin Rose DK $8,900 FD $7,700
Rose went through somewhat of a slump during July and August as he could not make it into the Top 50 in three consecutive tournaments during that timespan. Since then, he has played three tournaments and has finished in the Top 10 in each of them. Most recently, he was T2 at last week’s BMW Championship which he shot all 4 rounds under 70 including a final round 65 (-6). He totalled 21 birdies on the week and only 3 bogeys. Moreover, Rose has unbelievable course history at East Lake. Despite not participating last year, Rose was in the tournament for the previous 4 years and in these 4 finishes, he never came worse than 6th. He was runner up (2nd) the last time he participated in 2015. As for his course fit using this season’s statistics, Rose ranks 15th in SG:Off-the-Tee. At last week’s tournament, Rose was 5th best in the field. Additionally, he hit the fairway’s on 69.64% of his drives last week which was tied for 6th best in the field. On the season, Rose ranks quite poorly in driving accuracy (136th) so the recent success is really good to see. Rose maintains the 7th best Par 4 scoring average overall in the PGA this year. Between 450-500 yards, his scoring average is 4.083 which is 17th best in the PGA. Lastly, approaching the green from 150-175 yards away, Rose is 4th in the PGA as he gets it, on average, within25 ft off the hole. The tour average is just under 28 ft. Last week, Rose was 13th in the field on his approach shots from this distance. Overall, Rose is in prime form and also in a motivating position, 8th in the standings, to secure enough points with a WIN to claim the Fed Ex Cup title. I like his chances to get at least a Top 5, making him the most viable Top Price Tier player.
Mid Price Tier
Matt Kuchar DK $7,700 FD $7,400
Kuch has been very solid, like usual, as of late. He has three top 10 finishes in his last 4 tournaments, with his best finish coming last week at the BMW Championship. He was T5 and he shot all 4 rounds under 70 showing great consistency throughout the week. He is an all around great golfer and, by quietly putting up these great results, is a steal for his price range in any given opportunity. Kuchar maintains decent course history as well. For starters, he is the only one in the field to have participated at East Lake in each of the last 5 years. Additionally, he has 3 consecutive finishes in the Top 15. Kuchar, based off his statistics, has relatively good course fit. He ranks 67th in SG:Off-The-Tee, and 32nd in driving accuracy. Last week, Kuchar was 2nd in the field in driving accuracy. Moreover, Kuchar ranks 15th in the PGA in Par 4 scoring. From 450-500 yards, he is 28th in the PGA with a scoring average of 4.097. Lastly, his approach game is very consistent. He ranks 65th in SG:Approach, and from 150-175 yards away, he is 47th best in the PGA, averaging a distance of 29’6” from the cup. Overall, Kuchar is a very enticing cash game play this week.
Low Price Tier
Gary Woodland DK $6,400 FD $5,800
Woodland has back to back Top 30 finishes. These two strong finishes secured him a spot in the top 30 leaderboard to compete here at the Tour Championship this week. He is one of the only value tier players to have participated, and also finished in the Top 10 at this tournament in the past. Last season in particular, Woodland finished 10th. Two years prior, he finished 9th. Overall, he has had great success here. Woodland is one of the more powerful hitters off the tee. He ranks 30th in SG:Off-The-Tee. Despite ranking 105th in the PGA on the season in driving accuracy, Woodland was 43rd/70th in Driving Accuracy, and 3rd in GIR last week. He ranks 52nd overall in Par 4 scoring average. On Par 4s measured between 450 and 500 yards, Woodland’s scoring average is 33rd best in the PGA. Woodland makes for a solid value play as he has a great mix of course fit, course history, and recent form.
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