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The 2019 PGA Tour reaches a climax in Atlanta where the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings battle it out at East Lake. Form stats compiled by Andy Swales...

"It will be interesting to see how this crazy format works and what the competitors, journalists, spectators and American golf fans think of it."

It is difficult to know where to start when attempting to describe the unusual scoring format being used for this week's PGA Tour finale in Georgia.

The powers-that-be have created and, are unveiling, what can only be described as a bizarre handicap system for the Tour Championship which remains at East Lake for a 16th successive year.

Tour officials have decided that they want the winner of this week's event, to also be crowned FedEx Cup champion for 2019, and have come up with 'a cunning plan.'

It goes something like this. The leading 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings, following the BMW Championship, will begin Thursday's opening round in Atlanta with a score somewhere between 10 under par and level.

Starting Score Based On Current FedEx Cup Positions
1st: 10-Under-Par
2nd: - 8
3rd: - 7
4th: - 6
5th: - 5
6th-10th: - 4
11th-15th: - 3
16th-20th: - 2
21st-25th: - 1
26th-30th: Level Par

For example: Justin Thomas, who is currently top of the FedEx Cup standings following Sunday's victory at Medinah, will start the 72-hole tournament with a 10-stroke advantage over Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell, Lucas Glover and Jason Kokrak, who are ranked 26th to 30th respectively.

It will be interesting to see how this crazy format works and what the competitors, journalists, spectators and American golf fans think about it.

Will it be a one-season wonder or have the PGA Tour unearthed something truly special? Or perhaps brought professional tournament golf into disrepute!

Mind Set For East Lake?

As many as 26 of the 30 competitors have played here before, but this week's new-style event will probably create a whole new set of dynamics.

Will those lower-ranked pros in the FedEx Cup standings adopt a new approach, and be forced to play all-out attacking golf from day one?

Will those currently ranked one to five be a little more cautious early on?

Although the weekend mind set may be no different to normal, days one and two may well be.

Course Form

Last year's FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose has a solid record at East Lake with five top-six finishers from his most recent half-a-dozen starts.

However, Rose did not win any of last year's four Play-Off events, which maybe was the reason why the PGA Tour came up with this format.

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Dustin Johnson has played well at the course in recent years - after struggling earlier in his career - while Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have strong East Lake histories.

Regarding current form, Jon Rahm continues to impress, with Hideki Matsuyama posting his best PGA Tour finish for years on Sunday, when a closing 63 at Medinah earned him a spot on the Illinois podium.

Still At East Lake

Anyway, one thing which hasn't changed is the venue.

East Lake was the home course of all-time great Bobby Jones who played his first and last rounds here.

Opened in 1904, the club and course fell into disrepair not long after staging the 1963 Ryder Cup.

But in 1994, a local charitable foundation set about restoring the venue to its former glories, and four years later hosted the Tour Championship for the first time.

During 2008, following a change of dates which switched the event from late October/early November to September, East Lake's Bentgrass greens were re-seeded with Bermuda.

This enabled the putting surfaces to accommodate a change in conditions and significant rise in temperature.

And with the PGA Tour calendar changing once again in 2019, this week's event is likely to be a scorcher in the Deep South.

As for the venue itself, East Lake is a traditional parkland course where tight tree-lined fairways demand accuracy from the tee. Water comes into play on six holes.

Twitter: Andy Swales @GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24
Brooks Koepka 24 30 1 4 65 57 2
Dustin Johnson 57 24 20 51 MC 35
Rory McIlroy 19 6 4 MC 34 9
Justin Rose 52 10 11 20 3
Jon Rahm 5 3 7 11 1 2 3
Bryson DeChambeau 48 24 48 MC 2 8 35
Patrick Cantlay 2 12 12 41 15 21
Justin Thomas 1 12 12 11 9 36 MC
Xander Schauffele 19 MC 27 41 3
Webb Simpson 24 18 2 2 30 16
Tommy Fleetwood 11 43 4 2 23 13 65
Tony Finau 4 30 27 3 23 MC MC
Patrick Reed 19 1 22 12 10 23 5 30 32
Gary Woodland 31 52 55 MC MC 1
Adam Scott 9 5 40 MC 7
Rickie Fowler 11 MC 6 MC 46 43
Matt Kuchar 52 MC 43 41 20 16
Paul Casey 24 13 27 57 5 21
Louis Oosthuizen 11 6 20 20 46 36 7
Marc Leishman 19 MC 3 MC 21 35
Chez Reavie 57 38 48 27 MC MC 1 3
Kevin Kisner 9 12 27 30 MC 46 15 49
Hideki Matsuyama 3 30 MC 43 MC 7 13 21
Abraham Ancer 28 2 MC MC 19 8 49
Brandt Snedeker 5 6 39 27 MC 5 43 77
Charles Howell 37 MC 22 6 23 35 52
Sung Jae Im 11 38 6 MC 26 15 21 21
Jason Kokrak 19 12 6 32 29 MC
Lucas Glover 7 43 72 20 10 7 MC MC
Corey Conners 7 21 22 27 MC 46 MC
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09
Brooks Koepka 26 6 18
Dustin Johnson 3 17 6 5 5 10 23 22 27
Rory McIlroy 7 1 16 2 10
Justin Rose 4 10 2 4 6 2 20 15
Jon Rahm 11 7
Bryson DeChambeau 19
Patrick Cantlay 21 20
Justin Thomas 7 2 6
Xander Schauffele 7 1
Webb Simpson 4 13 23 4 5 22
Tommy Fleetwood 11
Tony Finau 15 7
Patrick Reed 28 13 24 27 19
Gary Woodland 11 19 10 9 22 13
Adam Scott 8 9 14 19 6 27
Rickie Fowler 7 26 12 8 23
Matt Kuchar 10 15 10 13 26 10 20 25
Paul Casey 11 5 4 5 4
Louis Oosthuizen Wd 23
Marc Leishman 21 24 28
Chez Reavie 26
Kevin Kisner 3 26 28
Hideki Matsuyama 4 26 5 12 22
Abraham Ancer
Brandt Snedeker 17 22 20 1 16
Charles Howell 6
Sung Jae Im
Jason Kokrak
Lucas Glover 10
Corey Conners

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