The 2020-21 PGA Tour season comes to an end this weekend at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Whoever wins the tournament also wins the FedExCup playoffs and a cool $15 million combined prize. It’s only a 30-player field with no cut.
With that, NitroBetting takes a deep dive into the 2021 TOUR Championship. We line up all the necessary information you need to make educated picks. This preview shares event information, the latest Golf odds, favorites, and sleepers of the tournament, and our very own expert betting predictions.
The TOUR Championship 2021 Tournament Info
It all comes down to the @PlayoffFinale. The experts give their predictions for East Lake.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 1, 2021
- When: Thursday, September 2, 2021 to Sunday, September 5, 2021
- Where: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
- TV: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: GolfChannel.com
What to Expect at the 2021 TOUR Championship
East Lake Golf Club is a par 70 at 7,346 yards and it has hosted the Tour Championship since 2005. Off the tee, it requires plenty of drivers to be hit. The 72-hole record is a 257 by Tiger Woods in 2007 and the 18-hole record is a 60 by Zach Johnson in 2007.
2021 TOUR Championship Stats
“If you hit the fairway you can make birdies, but if you don’t hit the fairway you’re busy trying to make par,” Justin Thomas said.
Only the Top 30 in points following last week’s BMW Championship qualified for the Tour Championship, but the field starts with staggered scores. Patrick Cantlay won a thrilling playoff over Bryson DeChambeau at the BMW Championship to take over the FedExCup points lead. Cantlay holed clutch putt after clutch putt going down the stretch to force the playoff at 27-under-par. Cantlay rode his putter to gain over 14.577 strokes on the field for the week. That was a new ShotLink-era record.
Cantlay and DeChambeau became the first two players in Tour history to finish 72 holes of regulation at 27 under in the same event. With the points lead, Cantlay starts this tournament – still the usual 72 holes – at 10 under par. However, he has not played well in his career at the Tour Championship with only four red numbers in 12 rounds with an average of 70.83.
Cantlay is a +350 co-favorite with world No. 1 Jon Rahm, who starts fourth at 6 under. Rahm finished in a share of ninth place after shooting a two-under 70 in the final round of the BMW Championship. Rahm was among the contenders after opening 64-66, but fell off the pace on the weekend. Neither Cantlay nor Rahm has won this tournament nor the FedExCup. The last two FedExCup winners have started 1st and 5th, respectively, at this tournament.
Tony Finau starts second at 8 under and is +700 this week, while DeChambeau starts third at 7 under and is 7 under. DeChambeau failed to capitalize down the stretch at the BMW Championship, bogeying the par-3 17th and missing a 12-foot birdie putt to win the tournament on 18. In the playoff, DeChambeau was unable to answer Cantlay’s birdie on the sixth hole to come up just short. Finau won the playoff-opening Northern Trust and has shot no worse career than 72 in 16 rounds at East Lake (68.88).
Thomas is +1800 with defending champion Dustin Johnson at +2200. Thomas starts at 4 under and always plays well at East Lake, which includes a pair of runner-up finishes among five top sevens in as many trips. Johnson starts at 3 under – he finished at 21 under in 2020 and defeated Thomas and Xander Schauffele by three shots to win his first Tour Championship – and first FedExCup. No one has defended their title at East Lake since 1998.
Players No. 26-30 start with the worst score this week at even par. They are Daniel Berger, Eric van Rooyen, Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed. Reed has been out for the past three weeks, first because of a sprained ankle and then with double pneumonia that required a stay in the hospital but will try to play this week.
This is also the final week for prospective players to impress U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker before he makes his six captain’s selections next Wednesday after the Tour Championship. The first six spots have been clinched by Cantlay, Thomas, DeChambeau, Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Collin Morikawa.
Odds to Win the The TOUR Championship 2021
- Jon Rahm +350 (6 under)
- Patrick Cantlay +350 (10 under)
- Bryson DeChambeau +500 (7 under)
- Tony Finau +700 (8 under)
- Justin Thomas +1800 (4 under)
- Dustin Johnson +2200 (3 under)
- Rory McIlroy +2500 (2 under)
- Cameron Smith +2500 (5 under)
- Jordan Spieth +2800 (4 under)
- Abraham Ancer +3000 (4 under)
- Xander Schauffele +3300 (2 under)
- Sam Burns +3500 (4 under)
- Harris English +3500 (4 under)
- Collin Morikawa +4000 (3 under)
- Viktor Hovland +4000 (3 under)
- Sungjae Im +4500 (3 under)
- Louis Oosthuizen +4500 (3 under)
- Brooks Koepka +5000 (2 under)
- Scottie Scheffler +9000 (1 under)
- Jason Kokrak +10000 (2 under)
- Kevin Na +10000 (2 under)
- Hideki Matsuyama +10000 (1 under)
- Corey Conners +12500 (1 under)
- Daniel Berger +15000 (Even)
- Joaquin Niemann +15000 (1 under)
- Erik van Rooyen +20000 (Even)
- Patrick Reed +20000 (Even)
- Sergio Garcia +20000 (Even)
- Billy Horschel +30000 (Even)
- Stewart Cink +35000 (1 under)
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.