The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings have their sights set on golf’s grand prize this week when the season finale begins on Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The TOUR Championship wraps up the 2021-22 season with the best golfers taking center stage. Play begins on Thursday, August 25th, and concludes on Sunday, August 28th, with a TOUR champion and FedEx Cup winner. That being said, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming 2022 TOUR Championship so you can bet against the PGA Tour Odds.
Golf Betting Preview for the 2022 PGA TOUR Championship Tournament
Patrick Cantlay hopes to become the first back-to-back winner after taking home the grand prize in 2021. Cantlay comes to East Lake just like he did last year off of a win at the BMW Championship. Just two golfers, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, have won the FedEx Cup title twice.
The stakes are high and bountiful this week, with a total prize pool near $60 million. The winner receives $18 million of that, with no one leaving Atlanta with less than $500,000 in their bank account.
Like the past two seasons, players will start with a staggered scoring format, with the top golfer in the FedEx Cup standings, Scottie Scheffler, beginning the event at 10-under par. The second place golfer begins at -8, while the third at -7. This staggered format continues until the last five players ranked 26-30 begin at even par.
The field of 30 players gives us the best players on Tour, battling it out over four days. Nineteen of the top 20 players in the world will tee it up on Thursday, including world No. 2 Cam Smith who withdrew last week from the BMW Championship with a hip injury.
Cantlay joins Billy Horschel, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth as past FedEx Cup winners in the field. Rookie golfers Sahith Theegala and Cameron Young make their TOUR Championship debuts in their first full seasons on Tour.
East Lake Golf Club has hosted the season finale every year since 2004. The course, which is the oldest in Atlanta, was established in 1904 and originally designed by Tom Bendelow. Donald Ross and Rees Jones have re-worked it since, but many of Bendelow’s original concepts remain.
The course is tight with tree-lined fairways and bermuda rough, which presents a problem to players who miss the fairways. Players who find the rough hit just 48% of the greens in regulation compared to 80% that find the fairway.
The greens are comparable to other classic courses on Tour, with undulation and speed as its biggest defenses. Approach shots need to stay below the hole to offer a player the best chance at birdies.
The Betting Favorites
Scheffler’s play this season and two-stroke advantage to begin the tournament makes him the betting favorite heading into Thursday’s action. The four-time winner and Masters champion can be grabbed at +244 over at mybookie.ag.
Cantlay (+400) looks to defend his title out of the second spot, beginning the event at -8. Xander Schauffele, runner-up here in 2020 and 2019, comes in at +760.
Rounding out the top five are Will Zalatoris (+1100) and two-time FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy (+1200). Zalatoris starts three shots back while McIlroy will have a tall hill to climb, beginning at -5 and five shots behind.