2019 Tour Championship Golf Betting Preview, Odds and Expert Picks
The last stop of the FedEx Cup playoff is the 2019 Tour Championship.
It will be held from Thursday, August 22th until Sunday, August 25th at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Justin Thomas is in great shape to win the FedEx Cup after his extraordinary performance in the BMW Championship.
The competition is scheduled to have only the top 30-point ranked leaders trying to get a late push in the last big tournament of the golf season.
New Rules For the 2019 Tour Championship You Should Take Into Account
2019 will have a new a tricky format for the Tour Championship. The new rules were made so the winner of the Tour Championship would also be the FedEx Cup champion.
Before, all the points were reset for each qualified player. Now the tournament has seeds, and the number 1 seed overall will start the competition 10 strokes under par.
The second seed will be 8 under par and the third 7 strokes under par. It goes on and on until the 26th to the 30th seeded player stars the competition at even par.
Betting favorites to win the 2019 Tour Championship
Let’s take a closer look at the odds and unique positions of each of the participants of this event:
Justin Thomas +225
As mentioned above, Justin Thomas will start the tournament 10 strokes under par. He is the current point leader with 3475 after 19 events played.
Thomas’s -25 strokes win at the BMW Championship a week ago gave him a massive jump from 15th ranked to first. Not to mention a winning purse of $1,665,000.
At +225, the bet on Justin Thomas has an implied probability of winning of 31%, which is not bad at all. Of course, he starts with a stroke advantage, which is not something we are used to seeing, but at some point, it will be perfectly normal.
Patrick Cantlay +500
Patrick Cantlay was just behind Justin Thomas in the BMW Championship. He finished three strokes away and took home a solid second place.
Cantlay will start the Tour Championship 8 under par basically in the same scenario as last week, chasing down Thomas.
Last year Cantlay finished one stroke above par at the Tour Championship and ended tied in the 21st place. The stakes are a lot higher right now.
Despite the advantage of starting the tournament 8 under par, the pressure might be a little too much for him.
Tour Championship Betting Pick: Justin Thomas +225
Brooks Koepka +500
Brooks Koepka is the wildcard guy in this tournament. He will start the Tour Championship 7 strokes under par as the third seed.
He is, without a doubt, the best golfer in the world right now. He is also the guy who nobody expects to have a problem by starting three strokes behind Justin Thomas.
A bet at Koepka +500 has an implied probability of winning of 17%, which is a fair number for a guy so talented as Brooks. Koepka has never won the Tour Championship, and I’m sure he believes it is time.
Last year he finished with an embarrassing +4 in Atlanta. I will be shocked if he puts together another sloppy performance like that again.
Rory McIlroy: +900
Rory won the Tour Championship back in 2016 during a playoff battle with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore. But he hasn’t been sharped over the last couple of seasons.
McIlroy remains a big name on tour but hasn’t performed to his standards lately.
At +900 betting Rory McIlroy becomes a value bet. It is a long shot, but you would be putting your money on someone with a solid background in the tournament.
Rory will start the Tour Championship 5 strokes under par.
Jon Rahm +1600
It’s been a couple of very good FedEx Cup playoffs events for John Rahm. The Spaniard finished tied in third place at the Northern Trust and tied in fifth place at the BMW Championship.
Rahm has been pushing to get to the first places but hasn’t been able to put it together in the end.
Rahm is a talented new face on the tour. His game looks sharp right now, and with a bit of luck, he might get to win one of these FedEx Cup events.
At +1600, his bet has a 6% implied probability. It has a better shot than other big names on tour like Justin Rose, Adam Scott, and Rickie Fowler.
|Additional Players And Their Odds For The 2019 Tour Championship|
|Charles Howell III||+25000|
2019 Tour Championship General Information
Where will the 2019 Tour Championship be held?
- The 2019 Tour Championship will be held in Atlanta at the East Lake Golf Club—a par 70 course.
What is the prize money for the 2019 Tour Championship winners?
- Because the winner of the Tour Championship will decide the winner of the FedEx Cup,
- The winner of the FedEx Cup will win $15,000,000 alone, and some added money directly for winning the Tour Championship.
- From now, on because the Tour Championship winner is directly awarded the FedEx Cup, he will receive a 5-year PGA Tour exemption.
Who are the most recent winners of the Tour Championship?
- The current winner of the tournament is Tiger Woods, who secured his third Tour Championship with an 11 under par card in 2018.
- Xander Schauffele won in 2017, and Rory McIlroy did it in 2016. McIlroy’s victory was the last time playoffs were needed to decide a winner.
- The only non-American who has won the Tour Championship in the past ten years is the Swedish Henrik Stenson back in 2013.
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