Tour Championship 2018: Form stats for week four of the FedEx Cup Play-Offs

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Andy Swales provides course and current form stats for the concluding event of the PGA Tour season in America's Deep South ...

"The only negative for Finau is that he is yet to win during the campaign and could actually become the Tour’s No 1 golfer with a runner-up finish this Sunday."

For the 18th time, East Lake brings the curtain down on the PGA Tour season, by hosting the fourth and final event of the FedEx Cup Play-Offs.

The traditional end-of-season Tour Championship is now in its 32nd year and, since the start of the Play-Offs in 2007, have been staged towards the end of September.

In its early days, however, the tournament was played either late-October or early-November but, from 2019, will be moved to August.

To accommodate the significant increase in temperatures following the change of dates just over a decade ago, East Lake's original Bentgrass greens were re-seeded with Bermuda.

And when next year's event tees-off on August 22nd, the summer heat in Atlanta will - in all probability - be even hotter, possibly scorching.

East Lake's Remarkable Past

East Lake Golf Club was formed almost 120 years ago, although the original layout was completely re-routed by Donald Ross, who was one of the most famous golf course architects of his day.

And during the decades that followed, the course experienced an interesting, often turbulent, history.

It was here the great Bobby Jones learned to play golf and, in 1963, East Lake hosted the Ryder Cup.

However the site, which is situated around five miles east of Downtown Atlanta, fell into disrepair following urban decay that gripped the city during the late 1960s.

But after more than 20 years in the wilderness, Atlanta's oldest course enjoyed a face-lift when a local charitable foundation purchased East Lake with the purpose of restoring it to its former glories.

In 1994, architect Rees Jones renovated Ross's original layout and four years later the course hosted the Tour Championship for the first time.

Generally flat, East Lake is a traditional parkland course where tight tree-lined fairways demand accuracy from the tee.

Water comes into play on six holes, most of these towards the end of the round, and on Thursday the leading 30 pros in this year's FedEx Cup standings will do battle in the season's grand finale.

Change At The Top

England's Justin Rose, the current world No 1, could celebrate his new, deserved status by finishing top of the FedEx Cup standings.

The 38-year-old has finished second in his last two starts, and occupies the same position in the FedEx Cup table - behind leader Bryson DeChambeau.

A win for Rose would guarantee him the FedEx Cup trophy, as well as the title of the PGA Tour's No 1 golfer for 2018.

In eight previous starts at East Lake, Rose has twice finished runner-up - in 2012 and 2015.

Another Brit, Rory McIlroy, was fifth on his last outing in Pennsylvania two weeks ago and is back in Atlanta where he triumphed on his most recent visit in 2016.

American Justin Thomas looks in great shape to retain his FedEx Cup title, which he clinched 12 months ago by finishing second in Georgia.

And if he did, would become the first player to defend this trophy since the Play-Offs began 11 years ago.

Finau a picture of consistency

Few golfers have displayed the sort of consistency shown by Tony Finau this season.

The 29-year-old from Salt Lake City currently stands third in the FedEx Cup rankings and is the only pro teeing-up who has finished inside the top 10 of all three play-off events contested so far.

Finau also finished inside the top-10 of three of this year's four majors and, during the 2017/18 PGA Tour season, no one has posted more T-10s than him.

He currently has 11 for the season, a figure matched only by Dustin Johnson.

The only negative for Finau is that he is yet to win during the campaign and could actually become the Tour's No 1 golfer with a runner-up finish this Sunday.

On his only previous trip to East Lake, last year, tied-for-seventh.

Finau's performances this season have certainly impressed American skipper Jim Furyk, who recently named him as his fourth and final Wild Card pick for this month's Ryder Cup contest in France.

Last Chance Saloon

This week's Tour Championship represents the last chance for Tiger Woods to claim a victory during an impressive comeback season.

Woods hasn't teed-up at East Lake since 2013 and last stood on the podium here nine years ago.

Four times he has finished second at the course, on top of winning in 2007 when he claimed the inaugural FedEx Cup title.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26
Justin Rose 2 2 MC 19 2 9
Dustin Johnson 24 7 11 27 3 1 MC
Brooks Koepka 19 12 8 1 5 MC 39
Justin Thomas 12 24 8 6 1 MC 8
Francesco Molinari 8 MC 6 39 1 2 1
Rory McIlroy 5 12 50 6 2 28
Jon Rahm 24 43 MC 4 17 MC 4 5
Bryson DeChambeau 19 1 1 MC 30 13 51 Wd
Rickie Fowler 8 12 17 28 6 12
Jason Day 24 MC 20 19 10 17
Tommy Fleetwood 8 24 20 35 14 6 12 MC
Bubba Watson 16 7 34 MC 31 MC MC 13
Patrick Reed 19 35 25 MC 28 9 28 23
Tony Finau 8 4 2 42 10 37 9 21
Webb Simpson 6 49 28 2 19 24 12 47
Xander Schauffele 3 49 MC 35 68 2 21
Paul Casey Wd 21 60 MC 31 7 51
Hideki Matsuyama 15 4 15 11 35 39 MC MC
Tiger Woods 6 24 40 2 31 6 4
Marc Leishman 41 21 34 71 14 60 13
Patrick Cantlay 55 24 8 27 6 12
Phil Mickelson 58 12 15 MC 24 24 MC 65
Kyle Stanley 45 12 28 MC 2 39 MC 32
Keegan Bradley 1 49 34 42 4 79 13
Cameron Smith 65 3 3 56 23 78 42
Gary Woodland 12 24 48 6 17 22 67 53
Kevin Na 12 MC 15 19 31 51 1 64
Billy Horschel 3 Wd 3 11 35 MC 2 17
Aaron Wise 16 69 5 MC 6 MC MC
Patton Kizzire 61 71 60 MC 31 MC 30 MC
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Justin Rose 10 2 4 6 2 20 15
Dustin Johnson 17 6 5 5 10 23 22 27
Brooks Koepka 6 18
Justin Thomas 2 6
Francesco Molinari
Rory McIlroy 1 16 2 10
Jon Rahm 7
Bryson DeChambeau
Rickie Fowler 26 12 8 23
Jason Day 17 Wd 10 4 14 6 17
Tommy Fleetwood
Bubba Watson 10 5 14 5 23 17 30
Patrick Reed 13 24 27 19
Tony Finau 7
Webb Simpson 13 23 4 5 22
Xander Schauffele 1
Paul Casey 5 4 5 4
Hideki Matsuyama 26 5 12 22
Tiger Woods 22 8 2
Marc Leishman 24 28
Patrick Cantlay 20
Phil Mickelson 22 12 15 10 22 1 3
Kyle Stanley 20
Keegan Bradley 12 23 11
Cameron Smith
Gary Woodland 19 10 9 22 13
Kevin Na 29 16 19 17 30
Billy Horschel 1 7
Aaron Wise
Patton Kizzire
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