The PGA Tour season draws to a close with the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings competing at East Lake in Georgia.
As well as a far smaller field than other events on the PGA Tour, the Tour Championship also has a unique scoring system based on each player’s FedEx Cup standings before the tournament.
Sitting at the top of the list is World No.1 Scottie Scheffler. Thanks to that achievement, he starts with a two-shot advantage over his nearest competitor on 10-under.
The player closest to him is Viktor Hovland, thanks largely to his win in second FedEx Cup Playoff tournament, the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields. The Norwegian claimed victory in some style, too. In the final round, he carded a 61, the lowest in FedEx Cup Playoff history. Meanwhile, it was also the lowest of his career and a course record.
Given he’s heading into this week’s tournament on the back of such an impressive performance, it’s unlikely Scheffler will feel comfortable at the top despite his two-shot head start.
One shot behind Hovland is Rory McIlroy, who starts at seven under. The 34-year-old is aiming for a record fourth FedEx Cup title as he attempts to replicate his win at East Lake last season, when he edged out Sungae Im and Scheffler in a thrilling final round. Given McIlroy’s form of late, which has included top-10 finishes in each of his last nine starts, few would bet against him winning.
While each of the top three have good reason to believe they can lift the trophy on Sunday evening, there are several other realistic candidates. One is Masters champion Jon Rahm, who starts four shots off the lead. The Spaniard began 2023 in scintillating form, and if he can return to his best this week, he’ll be in with an excellent chance of securing his first FedEx Cup title.
Lucas Glover, at five under, will also be hoping to continue a hot streak that has brought two wins in the last month, including the opening FedEx Cup PlayOff tournament, the FedEx St. Jude Championship. There is added incentive for the American to perform well as he still has a chance of persuading Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson…