We end the season at the East Lake Golf Club in the Tour Championship, the last PGA event before we pick things back up in the 2020 season with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier about a month from now. It’s a new format this year, so there’s some golfers who are far better positioned to win this week than others, and that has a lot to do with where the odds currently sit. Either way, let’s not waste anymore time.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Justin Thomas, +240 - Justin Thomas currently sits in the lead with a -10 to par, which gives him at least a two stroke advantage over the rest of the field. Thomas is arguably the best golfer in the world when it comes to holding a lead, as he converts more times than not when leading after the first round. The odds don’t provide much bite, but Thomas is clearly the frontrunner to get the job done this week.
Rory McIlroy, +800 - Rory McIlroy will start five strokes behind Thomas, but it’s nothing he can’t overcome given the way he’s played this year. McIlroy has been double-digit strokes under par in each of the last four events he’s made the cut, and he’s been in the running for victories all year long. McIlroy also has a victory at East Lake Golf Club in 2016 and a runner-up finish here as well. Trailing early shouldn’t be that big of a hurdle for McIlroy to climb.
Brooks Koepka, +550 - Brooks Koepka hasn’t looked good the last two weeks, but a lot of that has to do with his short game. If Koepka can just bring his putter with him to Atlanta, he’s as big of a threat to Thomas as anybody in this field. Only three strokes back, there’s not another golfer I want on my side with everything clicking in a big tournament. We should find out early if Koepka can make an honest run toward the title.
Patrick Cantlay, +450 - Patrick Cantlay is coming off a brilliant showing last week at the BMW Championship, and he’s improved his scorecard in each of the last four events. Cantlay doesn’t have a great track record at East Lake, but he’s playing some of his best golf right now and has improved his short game drastically these last few months. Only two strokes behind Thomas, Cantlay should really like his chances to get his second win of the year.
Justin Rose, +4000 - If you’re looking for a long shot, Justin Rose and these odds are worth a serious look. Rose will start this event eight strokes back, so he has some work to do, however, he has six straight top-10 finishes at the East Lake Golf Club. If there’s one course that can get Rose out of his funk and help string together a performance that puts pressure on the rest of the pack, it’s this one.