The Tour Championship: Life changing money on offer in FedEx Cup finale

30 men battle for 35 million dollars - it could only be the ridiculousness of the FedEx Cup.

Dave Downie

It’s finally here! Following weeks of jostling for position, ridiculous amounts of money and mathematical connotations Albert Einstein may struggle with, we’ve finally arrived at the grand finale on the PGA Tour: The Tour Championship.

The Ryder Cup may be just a matter of days away, but with an insane amount of money amounting to a little shy of $35 million to be dealt out amongst just 30 men, just turning up this week yields a financial reward us mere mortals can only dream of.

The FedEx Cup itself is an arduous and complicated process, even by the PGA Tour’s own admission, which is why next season will hopefully see a much more simpler format after it was announced the system would be changing earlier this week.

Bryson DeChambeau leads the way in the FedEx following two victories in the first three playoff events. If the Ryder Cup rookie was to finish inside the top-6, then he would scoop the ten-million-dollar bonus as well as the standard prize money depending on his final placing in the event.

The current FedEx Cup system was designed so that any of the top-30 who’ve made it this far have a chance of winning the prestigious trophy and bonus prize money, however in reality, the 30thranked player Patton Kizzire would need an almost incomprehensible set of circumstances to fall his way even if he lifts the Tour Championship on Sunday evening.

‘Why does all this matter when we’re looking to bet on the Tour Championship not the FedEx Cup?” I hear you ask. Well, in theory it’s the same run of the mill tournament as always, but with the riches available at East Lake this week, it’s important to know who may be slightly more motivated than others.

A win for any of the top five here will automatically mean they scoop the lot – the tournament and the FedEx Cup, so we should start by looking there before some of the more value picks.

Unsurprisingly, each of those five: DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas will all feature in Paris next week. Out of these, the only one not to have won this year is big-hitting Tony Finau. However, the world number sixteen boasts no less than eleven top-ten finishes this season including each of the four majors. FansBet price him at 19/1 this week for a breakthrough victory which is excellent value given his form.

After a 90/1 each way coming in a couple of weeks ago at the BMW, I’m tempted by some high-priced action once again. The FedEx may elude some of these players, but for the Ryder Cup contingent here, a strong end to the season would do no harm in regards to their respective captains’ thoughts.

Phil Mickelson certainly ticks that box. The 48-year old has had a steady season including a huge win at the WGC in Mexico. Lately though he has been a little subdued. He is of course one of America’s poster boys next week and won’t want to disappoint. 48/1 is a price well worth your consideration given the shortened field.

Another American who is sure to be on many people’s tongues in Paris is Patrick Reed. The Masters champion is a box office attraction and like Mickelson, will be keen to show captain Jim Furyk that his early season form has returned in time for their defence of the trophy. 40/1 is a big price for a man who loves to steal the limelight.

And as it is the virtual final curtain on the PGA Tour season, one more pick due to his incredible form but without a win since the very start of the season is thankfully a European. Tommy Fleetwood has had so many near misses this year despite playing some outstanding golf. Of his 18 events on the PGA Tour this year, 14 have seen him finish in the top-25. It would be fitting and perhaps deserving if he lifts the trophy at East Lake this weekend. At 24/1, he’s worth more than brief thought.

Recommendations – all each way (FansBet paying 1/4 odds on top 4)

Tony Finau 19/1

Phil Mickelson 48/1

Patrick Reed 40/1

Tommy Fleetwood 24/1

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