And Your FedEx Cup Winner is…. cover

And Your FedEx Cup Winner is….

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Theoretically, the tournament includes only the 30 best golfers, however, a hot streak can put a number of second tier players in the hunt. Further, a weak game can take a top player and leave them on the sidelines.
The unique nature of the points system makes it virtually impossible for anyone outside the top ten to win, with only the top five controlling their destiny.
This makes handicapping the event comparatively easy. So, who win?





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And Your FedEx Cup Winner is….

Don't Fret

By next week the PGA season will effectively be over. No need to fret, the Ryder Cup will fill the following weekend. By the time you have given up on all the new television season premieres, the swing season begins which will purportedly feature one Eldritch Woods making his return to prime time…even if the events are held at low scoring venues and the fields are heavily diluted.

Personally, I expect very little from Tiger, but it is must see television. Before we start worrying about the lack of championship golf, there is still the matter of the FedEx Cup. This season long chase culminates in Atlanta, Georgia at the East Lake Golf Club. Check out the aerial views.

Second Tier

Second Tier

Theoretically, the tournament includes only the 30 best golfers, however, a hot streak can put a number of second tier players in the hunt. Further, a weak game can take a top player and leave them on the sidelines.

Players we will not see this year include Ricky Fowler, Henrik Stenson (mostly injuries), Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson, to name a few.

The unique nature of the points system makes it virtually impossible for anyone outside the top ten to win, with only the top five controlling their destiny.

This makes handicapping the event comparatively easy. So, who will win?

Dustin Johnson is number 1 and playing the best golf of anyone. With a suddenly hot putter to go with the rest of his terrific game, he has to be odds on favorite. That said, you never know what, if anything, is going on in his head.

Patrick Reed sits in second place. I am starting to like this guy. Golf Digest did a great article on Reed. You have to love his passion. He is playing well. If his putter gets hot, he may be the guy.

Adam Scott

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Adam Scott

Adam Scott just keeps showing up. I am still not convinced he can make the putts to win, but his ball striking is as good as ever.

Jason Day holds the fourth spot on the strength of a fantastic year. However, his FedEx season has been disappointing, and the oft injured Aussie now seems to have a balky back. Nevertheless, if he can get his drives in play, he will win.

Paul Casey came out of nowhere to earn the fifth spot. My sentimental favorite, but he is not a closer, so this would seem to be a long shot.

Those Not Controlling Their Destiny:

Even winning the tournament this week will not guarantee the cup. If DJ lays an egg, then the following might have a chance:

Rory McIlroy showed flashes of brilliance with the putter at The Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts, but regressed the following week in Indiana. Watch out for him next year when he is done with his Nike equipment.

Jordan Spieth has looked better recently. I could see him winning the tournament this week. (He won last year on this venue.) If he places less pressure on himself I think he challenges.

My Pick

My Pick

The Rest of the Field has no chance, although we could see several of the hot players challenging for the title.

Conclusion: My head says Dustin Johnson, but I am picking Reed.

Weekly Observation:

In general I appreciate the “fun” that Ricky Fowler brings to the tour. I can almost forgive the shoes, but he and Justin Thomas went too far with those ridiculous mustaches. If I were Davis Love I would have made Ricky shave before I named him to the Ryder Cup team.

Paul Laubach is completely unqualified to provide expertise with respect to golf course rankings and design, however, he is a highly opinionated golf addict who believes everyone should be entitled to his thoughts. He has recently released Confessions of a Golfaholic: A Guide to Playing America’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses; now available in hardcover edition. Please visit tophundredgolf.com regularly for more (im)practical information.

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