The demanding PGA Tour season comes to an end this week at East Lake, Atlanta. Only the top 30 in the FexEx Cup standings are eligible to compete for golf’s most lucrative prize fund. What’s unique about this event is that all golfers are in with a mathematical chance of winning the 10 million overall FedEx Cup prize, as well as the Tour Championship as an event in its own right.
The top 5 in the standings have their destiny in their own hands; if they are to win the Tour Championship, they will gain the added FexEx Cup bonus of 10 million. The others will have to rely on results going their way to winning the jackpot prize.
Branded by the media as “The Golfing Scientist”, Bryson has taken the game by storm with his unique approach to golf. The American built his swing after reading “The Golfing Machine”.
All the American’s irons are the same length, weight and lie angle to which he executes a robotic-like swing. DeChamabeau’s recent run of form reflects almost a complete immunity to pressure.
He takes a mathematical approach to his game and putting calculating the pace needed for the line; critics suggest his pace of play is too slow, but it’s undeniable it’s worked this season.
The American built his swing after reading “The Golfing Machine”
If there were a PGA Tour stat for confidence, Bryson would arguably rank at the top. Notching up three victories this year, including back to back FedEx Cup Playoff victories, will only have added to his belief in his methods.
Key to those victories was putting; he ranked in the top 10 in strokes gained both weeks- a significant improvement on his early season stats. If Bryson can roll the ball well this week, in his words, he’ll be “hard to beat”.
Woods makes his first appearance at the Tour Championship since 2013, he will be hoping to capture that elusive 80th tour victory. Plagued with injuries and off course issues, Tiger has failed to win a playoff event since 2009. However, there is a strong case for the 14 time major champion to get back in the winner’s circle.
Woods, by all accounts, is over the worst of his injuries. A healthy Tiger, by reputation alone, is a threat to any event that he is competing. Furthermore, when you look at his form, you see that in his last 17 starts he has two 2nd place finishes and six top 10s.
Woods, by all accounts, is over the worst of his injuries.
A word of caution, however, is the American’s driving accuracy, which ranks outside the top 100. If he can manage his game off the tee, keep the ball in the fairway, we will likely see a Tiger charge at the Championship come Sunday.
Watson’s individuality off the course is symbolic of his individualism on it. The quirky American is heavily involved in charity work through his foundation; he’s a co-owner of a car dealership.
He opened “Bubbas’s Sweet Shop” in 2016 and had been known to be work behind the counter – it’s a surprise he has time to compete and be one of the best golfers in the world.
The reality is, the self-taught player is one of colossal ability, capturing two Masters, his stature amongst golf’s elite is assured. The 39-year-old has won 3 times on tour this year; he will come into this week feeling that if he gets into contention, he has the nerve to see the tournament out.
Bubba ranks in the top 10 for driving distance and Eagles this year; with the tools he brings to a golf course, and the danger he poses, Bubba could well be a factor over the weekend.