Tour Championship betting tips and preview

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The PGA Tour season reaches a climax at East Lake this week. So who does our betting expert Keel Timmins think will carry off the title?

Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
Date:  September 20-23, 2018
Course stats: Par 70; 7,385 yards
Purse: $9 million (£6.8m)
Defending champion: Xander Schauffele (-12)

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Tour Championship betting preview

We’re back to the infamous East Lake Golf Club for the finale of the PGA Tour season, where 30 players will battle it out for the Tour Championship and the $10m FedEx Cup bonus prize.

The top-five in the FedEx Cup standings are guaranteed to take away the $10m if they win this week, so step forward Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas who are all in that golden position.

Dustin Johnson WITB 2018

However, mathematically speaking, every player in the field still holds a chance of taking away the bonus prize – even the 30th ranked Patton Kizzire.

He would need to win and a whole host of permutations to go his way, such as the No.1, Bryson DeChambeau, to finish T29 or worse…

With it being such a limited field, you may have thought that the cream tends to rise to the top.

Take a look at the top-five from the last five years, complete with the players’ respective world ranking as they entered that particular week.

2017: Schauffele (66), Thomas (4), Henley (51), Kisner (26), Casey (16)

2016: McIlroy (3), Moore (42), Chappell (34), Casey (16), Matsuyama (18)

2015: Spieth (3), Stenson (6), Rose (8), D. Lee (53), D. Johnson (9), Casey (26), B. Watson (4)

2014: Horschel (23), Furyk (7), McIlroy (1), Kirk (24), Rose (5), Day (8)

2013: Stenson (6), Spieth (30), Stricker (9), Simpson (28), D. Johnson (25)

A player from outside of the top-23 in the world rankings has contended each year in the past five years, with Schauffele springing the biggest surprise just last year as he went on to stun Justin Thomas to win the tournament.

Now that Keel has set the scene, who is he backing for the Tour Championship? Turn the page to find out…

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