FedEx Cup 2021: World’s top 30 players in ferocious battle for Kshs 1.6 billion top prize

  • September 2, 2021
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The PGA season comes to an end this week with the final playoffs round as 30 of the best golfers tee off tonight in the Tour Championship at East Lake to decide the 2021 FedEx Cup champion. The Tour Championship winner will take home $15 million share of the $60 million FedEx Cup prize money.

The Tour Championship lineup features all the top players in the World Ranking after no major upsets were recorded in the playoff rounds.

Patrick Cantlay heads into the contest in pole position after winning last week’s BMW playoff round in a nail-biting six-round sudden death victory over Bryson DeChambeau. Cantlay will start off with the lowest score of -10 ahead of second placed Tony Finau, winner of the first playoffs round at The Northern Trust who is on -8. The remaining top five starting positions are occupied by Bryson DeChambeau -7, World number one Jon Rahm -6 and Australia’s Cameron Smith -5.

The starting scores are assigned based on the golfers rank in the FedEx Cup standings.  Last year Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 to win the FedEx Cup since Tiger Woods in 2009. Starting the final playoff round in pole position with a two-stroke advantage, DJ recorded a three-shot victory on the final day despite Xander Schauffele recording the lowest score in the tournament. 

Jon Rahm

Cantlay will be well aware that starting in pole position doesn’t necessarily guarantee victory. In 20019 Rory McIlroy erased a five-stroke deficit to win his second FedEx Cup. McIlroy will be hoping to achieve a similar feat this week as he starts eight strokes behind the leader.

Other players tipped to make a strong move up the leader board despite huge stroke deficits include Justin Thomas (-4), Jordan Spieth (-4), Collin Morikawa (-3) and defending champion Dustin Johnson (-3).

Here are the starting positions:

Patrick Cantlay -10
Tony Finau          -8
Bryson DeChambeau -7
Jon Rahm            -6
Cam Smith          -5
Justin Thomas   -4
Harris English     -4
Abraham Ancer -4
Jordan Spieth    -4
Sam Burns           -4
Collin Morikawa -3
Sungjae Im         -3
Viktor Hovland -3
Louis Oosthuizen -3
Dustin Johnson -3
Rory McIlroy      -2
Xander Schauffele -2
Jason Kokrak      -2
Kevin Na              -2
Brooks Koepka  -2
Corey Conners  -1
Hideki Matsuyama -1
Stewart Cink      -1
Joaquin Niemann -1
Scottie Scheffler -1
Daniel Berger     E
Erik van Rooyen E
Sergio Garcia      E
Billy Horschel     E
Patrick Reed       E

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