Tour Championship Tips: Five each-way selections for the FedEx Cup finale

Will Bubba take home this week's $10m FedEx Cup winner's cheque?
Will Bubba take home this week's $10m FedEx Cup winner's cheque?

Just five players have the destiny of the FedEx Cup in their own hands but any of the 29 players can still get their hands on the trophy at East Lake. The betting.betfair team provide each-way selections for this week's big event...

Dan Geraghty: Back Bubba Watson @ 19.018/1

"I fancied Bubba to play his way into the FedEx cup top five ready for East Lake. Now that he's there, I think he will go very close to taking home the $10 million bonus on a course he finished fifth on in 2012."


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 4 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Bubba Watson @ 19.018/1

He used to be my favourite player but I generally don't like backing Bubba Watson these days because I get too annoyed when he misjudges a shot and starts shouting at his friend and caddy, Ted Scott (#prayfortedscott) However, he's, financially at least, had the best season of his career and I fancied Bubba to play his way into the FedEx cup top five ready for East Lake. Now that he's there, I think he will go very close to taking home the $10 million bonus on a course he finished fifth on in 2012.


Dan Thomas: Back Bill Haas @ 26.025/1

Since his second place at The Wyndham in August, Bill Haas has been a model of consistency with three solid top 20 finishes in a row. These performances were based on some excellent tee-to-green stats - he has topped Greens in Regulation in two of his last four - which is key here, as Steve points out in his main preview. The American of course knows what it takes to win here, having picked up the trophy in 2011 after a playoff, and a price of 26.025/1 in a 29-man field is too big to ignore.


Steven Rawlings: Back Billy Horschel @ 23.022/1

As detailed in this week's preview, the key stats at previous renewals of this event have been Greens in Regulation and Putting and the last two winners have been positioned inside the top five of the FedEx Cup Standings. Camilo Vilegas and Tiger Woods both won the Tour Championship after winning the BMW Championship and I fancy Billy Horschel, who ranks second in the standings, can follow their example. He ranked second for GIR and sixth for Putting last week and fresh off his win in Colorado and his second place at the Deutsche Bank Championship the week before, he's red-hot and more than capable of going in again.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Martin Kaymer @ 26.025/1

Martin Kaymer has started to run into form over the past fortnight with seventh and 16th place finishes and, while the German is making his East Lake debut, he really should be well-suited to this test. Kaymer ranked second for Greens in Regulation last week and, of course, won both of this season's most prestigious accuracy tests at the Players Championship and US Open, with plenty to spare. With so much cash and pressure on the line, it must be a positive that Kaymer has repeatedly demonstrated, whether in majors or the Ryder Cup, that he has the perfect temperament for big occasions.


Mike Norman: Back Brendon Todd @ 81.080/1

With my four colleagues all going for players priced at 25/1 or lower it's only fair that I take one for the team and plump for a rank outsider. Brendon Todd enjoyed a glorious spring/summer recording top-20 finishes in six consecutive tournaments, five of those being top-eight finishes including an excellent win at the Byron Nelson Championship. He scraped into this field thanks to a mid-place finish last week but hopefully he'll have the attitude that anything is a bonus at East Lake, knowing that he's very unlikely to be lifting the FedEx Cup and therefore the pressure is off. Todd ranks sixth on Tour for Strokes Gained Putting so if he can hit his fair share of greens this week then the flat stick might just propel him into contention come Sunday afternoon while others crack under the pressure of winning the biggest pay cheque of their lives.


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Mike Norman joins Dan Roebuck to talk about Thursday's Tour Championship golf - the final event of the FedEx Cup play-offs with the winner picking up a cool $10m...



Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£546.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£80.00
3. Steve Rawlings: -£66.25
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£126.25
5. Mike Norman: -£248.75

Overall: +£165.50

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