We end the 2018 season with the Tour Championship, which is our third appearance in Georgia and will take place at the famous East Lake Golf Club. Of course, this week is a very short card with only the top 30 money leaders of the past PGA Tour season playing, so we have less dark horses to choose from but a higher percentage of landing a winner. Let’s get started.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Webb Simpson - Webb Simpson is coming off a sixth place finish at the BMW Championship in which he shot a -17 and he’s finished inside the top-10 in two of his last four events. Simpson has finished fifth or better in two of his five appearances at the Tour Championship and has an average score of 69.55. Considering he’s shot at least a -6 to par in four of his last five events, Simpson has quietly been one of the more consistent golfers as of late and is worth consideration at +3000 odds.
Tiger Woods - We included Tiger Woods on our card last week, and he had his chances to win and ended up finishing sixth. Woods has now finished sixth or better in four of his last seven events and has been double-digit strokes under par in three of those events. It’s no longer the fact Tiger is playing one good round of golf, it’s that he’s consistently putting together great performances and is positioning himself for victories. It’s only a matter of time before Tiger ends the drought. Woods not only holds the tournament record with a -23, but he’s also finished runner-up four times. Tiger Woods is worth a look at +1400 odds.
Rory McIlroy - Rory McIlroy is playing his best golf of the season right now and it’s put him in the top-six in four of his last six events. McIlroy has been double-digit strokes under par in his last two tournaments and has to like his chances to get his first victory since Arnold Palmer. McIlroy won the Tour Championship (2016) the last time he participated and has finished 10th or better in three of his four appearances overall. Given his form and his history, McIlroy and +900 odds is a solid play.
Jon Rahm - Jon Rahm has been hit or miss the last few weeks and you have to question if the youngster has kind of hit the wall. Either missing the cut or finishing outside of the top-30 in four of his last seven events, Rahm probably isn’t the guy you want to back in a loaded field. However, Rahm has been very competitive in big events despite a small sample size, whether it’s top-10 finishes in majors or finishing seventh in the Tour Championship last year in his first ever appearance. Rahm has a knack for the big stage and it’s only a matter of time before he wins one. Questionable form or not, it’s hard to ignore Rahm and +2500 odds.
Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson is obviously only valuable when he wins, but getting the best golfer on the planet at +800 odds is hard to pass up. Johnson has been at least 10 strokes under par five of his last six events and has been consistently in the running for a victory almost every time he makes the cut. Johnson has also finished sixth or better in three of his last four appearances at the Tour Championship. In a limited field with the best available, you have to like your chances with Johnson and a chance to make eight times your money.