FedExCup points are reset and now the season-long title is anyone in the field’s for the taking.
All that’s been played for in the 50 events of the season up until now has given the top 30 their position and newly reset points heading into the finale.
The 30-man field is weak in numbers but strong in quality as all those that enter at East Lake Golf Club this week, circumstances allowing, have a chance of taking home the FedExCup and $10million bonus.Embed from Getty Images
Leading trio Jordan Spieth (2000 points), Justin Thomas (1800 points) and world-number-one Dustin Johnson (1600 points) headline the event and are joined by Marc Leishman (1440 points) and Jon Rahm (1280 points) in the top five as the only players who can guarantee winning the FedExCup simply by winning the maximum 2000 points this weekend. Even a 29th place finish could see Spieth claim the crown.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere, every other player will require external factors to go their way to finish top of the tree. For example, Rickie Fowler sits sixth in the FedExCup rankings and will need Spieth to finish in a tie for second or lower if he wins this weekend (although he can still mathematically win if he finishes second). Even Jason Dufner, the lowest ranked entrant in 30th, can win the FedExCup but will require specific finishing from all of the top six, including Spieth in 29th or worse.
With so much to play for throughout the field, it’s near impossible to predict who will shine and who will hide under the pressure. But if past experience at the TOUR Championship is anything to go by, look no further than the FedExCup leader Spieth. The 24-year-old is the only man in the field to have taken home this title before, racing to a four-shot victory back in 2015; he finished runner-up in 2013, too.Embed from Getty Images
Kevin Chappell (2016), Justin Rose (2015 & 2012) and Sergio Garcia (2008) are the only others to have come second at East Lake who might fancy their chances of going one better this time around. As Rory McIlroy failed to register the required top four finish at the weekend to qualify for this week, for the eighth time in 10 years the reigning FedExCup champion will not be at the TOUR Championship to defend their title.
East Lake Golf Club is up against the top-30 field this week. As the regular host since 2004, those who’ve played here before may benefit from knowledge of the track. For first timers, like BMW champ Leishman, a new course to combat will only make their challenge tougher.Embed from Getty Images
The course is a lengthly par 70 sitting just short of 7400 yards and, after a switch of the ninth and eighteenth last year, rounds will now finish with a reachable-in-two par five. Eagle opportunities to finish guarantees dramatic climaxes to rounds.
With 30 potential winners, there’s no doubting a thrilling conclusion to the season. May the best man win.