Tiger Woods regained the number one FedEx Cup position at The BMW Championship Monday on the strength of his T 11 finish, and Henrik Stenson’s final-round meltdown. Neither player seems to be coming to the Tour Championship with a ton of momentum, but thanks to the point reset, there is a 250 point cushion between all players. Only the top five players actually control their own fate, in that if they win at East Lake, they will win the FedEx Cup.
Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, and Matt Kuchar round out the top five when they tee it up on Thursday morning. Based on his win at Conway Farms Monday afternoon, Zach Johnson looks to be arriving with his game, and his putter hitting on all eight cylinders. Zach holds the 18 hole record at East Lake.
With only the top 30 players making the trip to East Lake, it should be an interesting final. No Monday qualifying, no 36 hole cut, just four rounds of golf for a very nice trophy, and a lot of money. Everyone who makes it to the finale’ get a big check, but the winner will get a huge one.
East Lake Golf Club was originally called the Atlanta Athletic Club, designed in 1908 by Tom Bendelow, and later modernized by Donald Ross. It is best known as the boyhood course of Bobby Jones. The current layout is 7154 yards, and plays to par of 70 for the professional golfers. The 72 hole record of 257 was set by Tiger Woods in 2007, and the low 18 was a 60 set by Zach Johnson in the third round in 2007.
The winner at the Tour Championship will get a check for $1.4 Million Dollars from the $8 Million dollar purse, and 2500 FedEx Cup points. The FedEx Cup champion gets an additional $10 Million from the bonus fund.
Brandt Snedeker is the defending Tour Championship winner, and current FedEx Cup champion.
TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon (GC), noon-3:30 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (GC), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC).