The Tour Championship, the final event of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, is returning to East Lake, and we can expect the course to play much as it has in years past. The most important skill will be approach play, especially from mid- to long-iron range.
As it has since 2019, the Tour Championship will employ a staggered start, with starting scores ranging from -10 (for FedEx Cup No. 1 Patrick Cantlay) to even par (for Nos. 26-30).
Here are a few players to target in your fantasy leagues for the final event of the 2020-21 season:
Jon Rahm $13,000
Rahm is the second most expensive player this week behind Patrick Cantlay, but the Spaniard should be the most expensive by $1,000. At 3.5-1, he is the favorite to win the Tour Championship over Cantlay, who is 4-1. Rahm also has a massive edge in terms of upside, as he is the betting favorite for low 72-hole score by a wide margin: he is 6-1, and next best is 11-1. In four starts at East Lake, he has never finished worse than 13th in raw score. At the moment, Rahm is by far the best player in the world; he has finished ninth or better in all of his past seven starts. (I’m counting the massive 54-hole lead he built at the Memorial before he had to withdraw.) On top of that, Rahm is the No. 1 overall player in my model at the Tour Championship. He is second off the tee and second on approach from 200+ yards, and he is in the top half of the field in every other category.
Scottie Scheffler $6,800
Last year, in his only career appearance at the Tour Championship, Scheffler finished second in raw scoring. In this year’s field, he is top 10 off the tee, in birdies, around the green, and in proximity from 200+ yards. He has also gained strokes in ball-striking in 15 consecutive events. Overall, Scheffler has the eighth-best odds for low 72-hole score this week. A strong finish could be enough to earn him a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
One-and-done is all about strategy this week. If you are near the top of your league’s standings, pick lean on top players in order to maintain your position and block people from catching up to you. But if you need to stage a rally in the final week of the season, go for a dark horse and try to leapfrog those ahead of you in the standings. Either way, it’s a good idea to look at which players the leaders in your league have left to choose from.