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It’s anyone’s game entering the final event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season. The traditional finish at the Tour Championship from East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia will crown a FedEx Cup champion this Sunday. The top-30 players in the standings made it through from the BMW Championship, with every player in the field mathematically in the running to win the season-long championship.
Entering Thursday, Chris Kirk holds a very slight lead in the FedEx Cup standings, leading Billy Horschel who won the BMW Championship on Sunday. Horschel is just nine points behind Kirk which means whoever records the better finish between these two will move in front.
But the nature of the Tour Championship is that all 30 players have a shot. That’s right, even the 30th-ranked player has the opportunity to win the FedEx Cup. They will need to win the Tour Championship, but they still have the chance.
Behind the top-two players comes Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, and Hunter Mahan to round out the top-five. And while the season-long title is at stake, the Tour Championship is the title on the line in Atlanta as well. The winner of the event will most likely win the FedEx Cup.
Bovada Sportsbook’s 2014 Tour Championship betting lines favor the No.1 player in the world (shocker) Rory McIlroy. The game’s top-player is set at 4/1 and has a great chance to win his first FedEx Cup. It would be the icing on the cake for what has already been an amazing season for the 25-year-old. McIlroy won the British Open and the PGA Championship earlier this summer and will be the player of the year. But the last thing on the list would be the FedEx Cup championship.
But the other 29 players in the field are the ones who have has the best season overall as well. So while the field might be small at 30, the quality of it couldn’t be higher with all things considered. Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler are the two players immediately behind McIlroy. Scott has been set with a 10/1 payout going into Round 1, with Fowler right there at 11/1.
Of the top-five favorites, only Jim Furyk has won the FedEx Cup before. At 12/1, Furyk is in the mix with McIlroy and Scott to get it done in Atlanta.
Kirk is down at 33/1 to win this week as the top player in the FedEx Cup standings. That puts him in the middle of the pack. He doesn’t need to win the Tour Championship to win the FedEx Cup necessarily, but depending on how the tournament starts to take shape he might have to get to the winner’s circle.
Any player in the top-five coming into the week will win the FedEx Cup with a victory at the Tour Championship. They do not need to worry about outside variables not in their control. Those outside of the top-five need to win + have something happen with the other top players entering Thursday.
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