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- Pick To Win:
- Bubba Watson
- Morgan Hoffmann
- Last Week's Pick To Win - Rory McIlroy
- Finished tied for 8th
- Last Week's Darkhorse - John Senden
NOTES: The final event of the FedExCup Playoffs begins this week, as the top
30 players on the playoff points list qualified for the Tour Championship at
East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Ga. This group will battle it out for the
top prize of $1,440,000, but the winner of the FedExCup on Sunday will pocket
Chris Kirk is in the top spot with 4,314 points, followed by Billy Horschel
with 4,305, Bubba Watson with 4,058, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy with 3,735, and
Hunter Mahan with 3,363. Mahan captured the first playoff event, The Barclays;
Kirk won the second playoff event at the Deutsche Bank Championship; and
Horschel captured the BMW Championship. The points are reset prior to this
tournament. Kirk leads with 2,500 points, followed by Horschel with 2,250,
Watson with 2,000, McIlroy with 1,800, and Mahan with 1,600.
The top five players (Kirk, Horschel, Watson, McIlroy and Mahan) on the points
list can win the FedExCup if they win this tournament. Other players outside
of the top five need to win and have other scenarios take place in order to
capture the Cup.
Nine players are competing in this event for the first time. They are:
Russell Henley, Morgan Hoffmann, Martin Kaymer, Kirk, Hideki Matusyama,
Patrick Reed, Brendon Todd, Cameron Tringale and Jimmy Walker.
East Lake, home to legendary amateur champion Bobby Jones, has hosted several
big events, most notably the 1950 U.S. Women's Amateur, 1963 Ryder Cup, 101st
United States Amateur Championship in 2001, and the 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004-14
PGA Tour Championships.
The Champions Golf Club in Houston hosted this event five times. Pinehurst
No. 2, The Olympic Club and Southern Hills Country Club have each hosted
twice. Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and
Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina played host the first three years of
the tournament's existence, respectively.
Last year, Henrik Stenson led wire-to-wire as he fired four rounds in the 60s
to win by three strokes over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker. The Swede
finished his fourth PGA Tour title at 13-under-par 267 and also won the
FedExCup. Stenson became the first European to win the FedExCup and he was
also the first European to win The Tour Championship. Stenson also became the
fifth player to win in his first appearance. Tom Watson (1987), Chad
Campbell (2003), Bart Bryant (2005) and Bill Haas (2011) also accomplished the
feat. Spieth became the youngest player to ever play in The Tour Championship
at 20 years old, and his share of second was the best-ever finish by a rookie
at this event
In 2012, Brandt Snedeker won this title and in the process, captured the
FedExCup. Snedeker, a third-round co-leader, shot weekend rounds of 64-68 and
finished at 10-under 270. He won by three shots over Justin Rose. Snedeker had
a very lucrative day, as he pocketed $10 million for the FedExCup win and an
additional $1.44 million for the victory. Snedeker began the week in fifth
place on the playoff points list.
In 2011, Bill Haas parred the third playoff hole to defeat Hunter Mahan. Haas
also won the $10 million prize for finishing first in the race for the
FedExCup. Haas started the week 25th on the points list.
Jim Furyk fired rounds of 67-65-70-70 to win the tournament and the FedExCup
in 2010. Furyk finished at 8-under 272 and won by a stroke over Luke Donald.
Furyk picked up his third PGA Tour win of the season, which was a first in his
In 2009, Phil Mickelson fired a 5-under 65 in the final round to come from
behind and win, but Woods walked off with the biggest prize, the FedExCup.
Woods managed only an even-par 70 in the final round to finish second to
Mickelson, but ended atop the FedExCup playoff points list for the second
time in three years. Mickelson played brilliantly in the final round and won
the title at 9-under 271 for his third win of 2009. Mickelson opened the
tournament in 2009 with a 3-over 73, the highest start for an eventual winner
in the history of this tournament.
Woods closed with a 4-under 66 in the final round to cruise to his seventh win
of the season in 2007. Woods completed the event at 23-under-par 257 and
easily won the inaugural FedExCup over Steve Stricker. Woods started three of
the four playoff events in 2007 and finished second, first, and first. Thanks
in part to the soft greens at East Lake, Woods shattered the 36- and 54-hole
scoring marks. With his 257 total, Woods also smashed the previous 72-hole
scoring mark of 263, which Bryant set in 2005. Woods won by eight over Zach
Johnson and Mark Calcavecchia. Johnson fired a course-record 60 in the third
With his seventh win of the season in 2007, Woods became the first player in
PGA Tour history to win seven or more times in a single season in four
In 2003, Campbell became the first player to earn his maiden PGA Tour title at
this event. Campbell, trailing Charles Howell III by five shots heading into
the weekend, carded a 61 in the third round and then closed with 68 for a
3-shot win over Howell.
In two weeks, the PGA Tour will be in Scotland for the 40th Ryder Cup Matches
at Gleneagles Golf Club in Perthshire, where Europe will defend the Cup
against the United States.
09/09 14:31:37 ET