Tour Championship 2020: Form stats for the concluding week of the FedEx Cup Play-Offs

Tour Championship 2020 at East Lake
Rory McIlroy strides to victory at East Lake in 2019
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The curtain comes down on the PGA Tour season next Monday, when the FedEx Cup champion is crowned in Atlanta. Course and current form stats compiled by Andy Swales...

"McIlroy is a two-time champion here, while the other standout course specialist is the consistent Xander Schauffele, winner in 2017 and runner-up 12 months ago."

East Lake Golf Club will once again host the season-ending Tour Championship, which heads to Georgia for the 21st time.

In a year ravaged by the deadly effects of Covid-19, with resulted in the cancellation of 13 PGA Tour events, it is in many ways a relief that the season is able to finish at all.

This third and final Play-Off event will feature the leading 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings, and is one of the most prestigious titles on the calendar won last year by Rory McIIroy.

Last year's tournament also witnessed a radical change to the scoring format, which remains in place for 2020.

In 2019, PGA Tour officials decided to employ an unusual handicap system, which ensured that the player who won the Tour Championship, would also be crowned FedEx Cup champion for the season.

All 30 players will start the 72-hole event this Friday with a handicap based on their position in the FedEx Cup standings - through last Sunday's BMW Championship.

Thus Dustin Johnson, as current leader, will tee-off at East Lake at 10-under-par, while Jon Rahm who is second in the standings, begins on minus eight. Those golfers ranked between 26th and 30th start at level par.

The full list of handicaps is as follows:

FedEx Cup positions (1-30):

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

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By strange coincidence, the top three players in the FedEx Cup table are also 1st-2nd-3rd in the current World Ranking.

As for the 2019 event, McIlroy teed off with a handicap of minus five, but emerged as the rightful winner by taking fewer strokes than the rest of the field to complete 72 holes.

His four-round total of 267 was three strokes better than the next best competitor, although his official margin of victory, because of handicaps, was four.

Justin Thomas, who had been leading the FedEx Cup standings going into the final event, finished in a tie-for-third even though eight of the 30 players had hit fewer shots over the four days.

Hopefully, that explains how this rather bizarre scoring format works. Whether you believe it is an appropriate way to decide who wins the season-long prize of the FedEx Cup, is certainly a topic for debate but on another day!

Rory chasing third East Lake success

Regarding this week, and with the tournament set to finish next Monday, defending champion McIlroy will begin at minus three, which reflects his current position of 12th in the FedEx Cup standings.

McIlroy is a two-time champion here, while the other standout course specialist is the consistent Xander Schauffele, winner in 2017 and runner-up 12 months ago.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson is on a hot streak (2nd-1st-2nd) as he chases victory No.3 of the season - in his 14th start on the PGA Tour.

Tony Finau, who tees-off eight shots behind Johnson, is unlikely to regain this lost ground but with the pressure a little less intense than normal, he is more than capable of registering one of the lowest 72 hole totals of the tournament.

Check out latest betting for Lowest 72-Hole Totals at East Lake

East Lake history

East Lake in Atlanta is where all-time great Bobby Jones played his first and last rounds of golf.

The course opened in 1904 but not long after staging the 1963 Ryder Cup, the site fell into disrepair.

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

When the FedEx Cup Play-Offs began more than a dozen years ago, the Tour Championship was moved from early November to late September.

In order for its putting surfaces to cope with a significant rise in temperatures, East Lake's Bentgrass greens were re-seeded with Bermuda.

And with the PGA Tour calendar changing once again in 2019, temperatures are now even hotter in the Deep South when the leading 30 pros come to town.

As for the venue itself, which is situated five miles east of Downtown Atlanta, East Lake is a traditional parkland course where tight, tree-lined fairways demand accuracy from the tee.

The greens are usually firm and quick, with water coming into play on six holes.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Please Note: Last year's Course Position relates to a player's 72-hole total, rather than their position after handicap. Thus, Justin Thomas posted the 9th lowest 72-hole total, but finished 3rd after his -10 handicap was applied.

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26
Dustin Johnson 2 1 2 12 Wd MC 1
Jon Rahm 1 6 13 52 1 27 37
Justin Thomas 25 49 37 1 18 2 MC
Rory McIlroy 12 65 33 47 32 11
Collin Morikawa 20 MC 1 20 48 1 MC
Webb Simpson 6 3 37 12 MC 8
Bryson DeChambeau 50 MC 4 30 MC 1 6
Patrick Reed 40 49 9 13 47 10 39 MC 24
Xander Schauffele 25 25 10 6 13 14 20
Daniel Berger 25 3 13 2 MC
Tyrrell Hatton 16 25 MC 69 4
Tony Finau 5 MC 4 65 3 8 53 MC
Marc Leishman 69 MC MC 52 40 MC 58
Sung Jae Im 56 MC 9 MC 35 MC 63 53 58
Abraham Ancer 33 MC 43 15 58 11
Hideki Matsuyama 3 29 22 20 MC 22 21
Kevin Kisner 25 4 3 19 25 MC 3 MC
Viktor Hovland 40 18 33 59 48 3 12 11
Billy Horschel 33 MC 2 43 25 13 7 MC
Kevin Na 51 39 MC 35 9 Wd 5
Ryan Palmer 40 8 43 15 2 MC MC
Scottie Scheffler 20 4 4 15 22 MC MC MC
Brendon Todd 8 64 MC 17 15 22 57 11
Cameron Smith 20 18 43 59 68 MC
Harris English 40 2 23 19 18 13
Mackenzie Hughes 10 13 58 44 6 48 3
Joaquin Niemann 3 MC 42 MC 52 MC 31 63
Cameron Champ 65 MC 10 25 MC 67 12
Lanto Griffin 10 58 19 58 44 MC 21 24
Sebastian Munoz 8 18 74 MC 48 MC MC MC
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Dustin Johnson 30 3 17 6 5 5 10 23 22
Jon Rahm 13 11 7
Justin Thomas 9 7 2 6
Rory McIlroy 1 7 1 16 2 10
Collin Morikawa
Webb Simpson 20 4 13 23 4 5 22
Bryson DeChambeau 7 19
Patrick Reed 15 28 13 24 27 19
Xander Schauffele 2 7 1
Daniel Berger 15 15 12
Tyrrell Hatton
Tony Finau 7 15 7
Marc Leishman 20 21 24
Sung Jae Im 15
Abraham Ancer 26
Hideki Matsuyama 12 4 26 5 12 22
Kevin Kisner 9 3 26 28
Viktor Hovland
Billy Horschel 2 1 7
Kevin Na 25 29 16 19 17
Ryan Palmer 7 28
Scottie Scheffler
Brendon Todd 17
Cameron Smith 20
Harris English 22
Mackenzie Hughes
Joaquin Niemann
Cameron Champ
Lanto Griffin
Sebastian Munoz

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