In a new regular column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours. Mo Yoshimoto will take a much deeper delve into what took place this week in The Takeaway.
1. (-16, 268) Justin Thomas (Odds: 14/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,000)
2. (-15, 269) Patrick Cantlay (Odds: 22/1; DraftKings pricing: $9,800)
3. (-14, 270) Hideki Matsuyama (Odds: 45/1; DraftKings pricing: $8,200)
4. (-14, 270) Tony Finau (Odds: 35/1; DraftKings pricing: $8,500)
Notes: A 61 on Moving Day made the difference for JT and secures him No. 1 seeding for next week. Runner-up Cantlay moves to No. 2 while Koepka drops from 1st to 3rd.
Fate of the favorites
19. (-11, 277) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 15/2; DraftKings pricing: $11,500)
24. (-10, 278) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 8/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,800)
5. (-16, 272) Jon Rahm (Odds: 10/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,900)
57. (-3, 285) Dustin Johnson (Odds: 14/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,700)
Notes: More good work from Rahm, McIlroy faded while Koepka and, especially, DJ just weren't on it all week.
Coming up this week…
Location: East Lake, Georgia. 7,385 yards, par 70.
Notes: This is it. The climax. Another season over. Wow, that went fast. But, this time, a new format. The winner will automatically be crowned the FedEx Cup champion too. Rather than a points reset, the No. 1 seed in the standings (Justin Thomas) will start the TOUR Championship at -10. No. 2 seed (Patrick Cantlay) starts at -8, No. 3 seed (Brooks Koepka) at -7 and so on with the 26-30 seeds starting at even par. Good luck to them in trying to catch the leaders. The champion at the end of the week will bank a cool $15m.
Who’s playing? The Top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings. This is the top 10 in order: Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer.
Last 5 winners of the Tour Championship
2018 (-11, 269) Tiger Woods – 80th PGA TOUR win
2017 (-12, 268) Xander Schauffele – 2nd PGA TOUR win
2016 (-12, 268) Rory McIlroy – 13th PGA TOUR win
2015 (-9, 271) Jordan Spieth – 6th PGA TOUR win
2014 (-11, 269) Billy Horschel – 3rd PGA TOUR win
Notes: No Tiger this year, unfortunately, while Spieth and Horschel miss out too.
D+D Real Czech Masters
Notes: A good week for #teamcourseform. Pieters had a win and a second at the course while Pavan was the defending champion. That said, Arnaus and Horsfield were first-timers at Albatross Golf Club. Is this the turning point for Pieters in a career that had stalled?
Coming up this week…
Location: Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden. 6,865 yards, par 70.
Notes: A change in name (this was previously the Nordea Masters) but the golf course is the same one used last year. Lots of stunning views, trees and water hazards.
Last 5 winners of the Scandinavian Invitation
2018 (-14, 266) Paul Waring (Hills Golf & Sports Club) – 1st European Tour win
2017 (-11, 281) Renato Paratore (Barseback) – 1st European Tour win
2016 (-16, 272) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Bro Hof Slott) – 2nd European Tour win
2015 (-12, 276) Alex Noren (PGA Sweden National) – 4th European Tour win
2014 (-16, 272) Thongchai Jaidee (PGA Sweden National) – 6th European Tour win