2021 PGA Tour Championship Betting Card Preview
The PGA Tour season and FedEx Cup Playoffs come to an end this week in Atlanta at East Lake Golf Club. There are two markets for this event, which makes watching and handicapping it quite different than most weeks.
We've seen a plethora of formats to properly award an end-of-the-year champion on the PGA Tour. I don't want to rip on the current design without presenting a better solution to fixing it, because I don't have one. I'll just say I don't really like it.
The starting stroke index, which alters each players' starting score based on their current FedEx Cup standings, ensures that come Sunday afternoon, we have just one winner at East Lake. Most sportsbooks will allow us to bet on that staggered scoring outcome, along with your typical, everyone-starts-at-zero market as well. Here's how things will start:
|8 under||Tony Finau|
|6 under||Jon Rahm|
Justin Thomas, Harris English, Abraham Ancer, Jordan Spieth, Sam Burns
Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im, Viktor Hovland, Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson
Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Na, Brooks Koepka
Corey Conners, Hideki Matsuyama, Stewart Cink, Joaquin Niemann, Scottie Scheffler,
Daniel Berger, Erik van Rooyen, Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel, Patrick Reed
East Lake puts a premium on ball-striking and accuracy off the tee, a drastic pivot from last week's bomb-and-gauge affair at Caves Valley. Nine of the past 13 winners at East Lake finished inside the top 10 in fairways hit for the week. This 7,400-yard, Par-70 track forces more long irons on approach than your standard tour stop, and with only two par-5's on the course, including the finishing hole at 18, scoring opportunities are at a premium this week. The Bermudagrass greens are traditionally fast here, so proximity on approach is vital to one's success.
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Player Profile for the week:
- Driving Accuracy
- Driving Distance
- Adjusted-SG: APP
- Bermudagrass-positive putting
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