After a rare bye week on the PGA Tour, the boys are back this week as the Tour Championship kicks off Thursday. We have cooled off of late in regards to our golf lineups, but we have been playing with house money based on our three straight cashes prior the PGA Championship. The Tour Championship is an interesting Dynamic as the ten million dollar Fed Ex Champion may not win the golf tournament, so there is definitely a tournament within the tournament. Five players control their own destiny in the sense that if they win the Fed Ex Cup with a victory this weekend. Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Paul Casey control their destiny with Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcllroy sitting just outside the top five and are the next logical contenders if one of the top five were to stumble. Here’s my lineup:
Dustin Johnson (11,700)
To say Dustin Johnson has had a monster season on tour in 2016 would be an overwhelming understatement. His new found commitment to his wedge game has helped him turn in 19/20 made cuts, 13 top ten’s, and three victories. Let’s not forget that one of these victories was his first ever major at June’s US Open. There would be no better ending to a story book season then for Johnson to win this weekend and become the 2016 Fed Ex Cup Champion.
Jason Day (10,300)
The bye week certainly was beneficial to Jason Day as he was forced to withdraw from the BMW Championship two weeks ago with a back injury. I’m not worried about this withdraw at all and will still maintain that opinion that Day wins this week and hoists his first ever Fed Ex Cup Championship.
Gary Woodland (7,800)
Woodland had a monster Sunday at the BMW Championship to solidify his spot in this week’s Tour Championship. His ball striking is in fine form as he attempts to claim the 12th and final Ryder Cup spot on team USA. No better way to impress US captain Davis Love then to win the Tour Championship this weekend.
Justin Thomas (7,100)
Much like Woodland, Justin Thomas is in strong contention for the final spot on Team USA in next week’s Ryder Cup. Also like Woodland, Thomas performed well at the BMW Championship to solidify his spot in the Tour Championship. Thomas seems to be the favorite for the final US Ryder Cup spot based on his personal relationship with top American stars Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Jimmy Walker. I look for Thomas to be in the mix all weekend at East Lake and be named to The United States Ryder Cup Team Monday morning.
Daniel Berger (7,000)
There has been absolutely no sophomore slump for Daniel Berger. Berger has backed up his 2015 Rookie of the Year season with a stellar 2016 season. Berger has six top ten’s and one victory and grinded out a top ten finish at the BMW Championship to move from 31rst to 26th in the Fed Ex Standings to qualify for the week’s Tour Championship. I look for Berger to continue his rise to stardom with a strong performance at the Tour Championship.
Kevin Kisner (6,100)
We have done well with Kisner in the past, so we go back to well one last time at the Tour Championship. His $6,100 price tag is very low in my opinion based on his accomplishments this season. Kisner has six top ten’s and one victory this season. I guarantee Kevin Kisner out performs his price tag at the Tour Championship. Good Luck!
Writren By: Robert Brinkman