2021 Tour Championship: Patrick Cantlay remains on top

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2021 Tour Championship: Patrick Cantlay remains on top originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Patrick Cantlay leads the PGA Tour Championship after 36 holes, though defending champion Jon Rahm is just one stroke behind him in the battle for the $15 million FedEx Cup title.

Cantlay (-17) and Rahm (-16) have opened up a gap between themselves and the field, with third-place Bryson DeChambeau at 11-under, followed by Justin Thomas at 10-under. 

With only 30 golfers in the field, there is no weekend cut at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2021 Tour Championship.

When is the 2021 Tour Championship?

The Tour Championship starts on Thursday, Sept. 2 and will run for four days, concluding on Sunday, Sept. 5. 

How can I watch the 2021 Tour Championship?

All four rounds of the Tour Championship will be aired either on the Golf Channel or NBC Sports. The event can also be streamed on either the Golf Channel or Peacock. 

Here's a look at the remaining TV broadcast schedule (all times ET):

  • Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); 2:30-7 p.m. (NBC)

  • Sunday: 12-1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC)

Who is competing at the 2021 Tour Championship?

At the end of the BMW Championship, the golfers in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings got to move onto the final tournament.

Sitting at the top of the leaderboard is the aforementioned Cantlay. The Northern Trust winner Tony Finau finished in second, while DeChambeau moved up to third. DeChambeau was the only member not previously in the top five heading into the BMW Championship who now has a top-five spot, with Justin Thomas sliding from No. 5 to No. 6. 

There was not much turnover in the top 30 spots who moved on to the Tour Championship. In fact, there were only two changes -- Erik van Rooyen jumped from No. 48 to No. 27 and Sergio Garcia went from No. 44 to No. 28. Charley Hoffman and Max Homa are the two golfers who were bumped out.  

Dustin Johnson looks to retain his title as FedEx Cup champion after winning last year. Other previous winners going for another championship are Rory McIlroy (2016 and 2019), Xander Schauffele (2017), Jordan Spieth (2015) and Billy Horschel (2014). 

Here are the 30 golfers competing for the FedEx Cup title:

  1. Patrick Cantlay

  2. Tony Finau

  3. Bryson DeChambeau

  4. Jon Rahm

  5. Cameron Smith

  6. Justin Thomas

  7. Harris English

  8. Abraham Ancer

  9. Jordan Spieth

  10. Sam Burns

  11. Collin Morikawa

  12. Sungjae Im

  13. Viktor Hovlund

  14. Louis Oosthuizen

  15. Dustin Johnson

  16. Rory McIlroy

  17. Xander Schauffele

  18. Jason Kokrak

  19. Kevin Na

  20. Brooks Koepka

  21. Corey Conners

  22. Hideki Matsuyama

  23. Stewart Cink

  24. Joaquin Niemann

  25. Scottie Scheffler

  26. Daniel Berger

  27. Eric van Rooyen

  28. Sergio Garcia

  29. Billy Horschel

  30. Patrick Reed

What are the handicaps at the 2021 Tour Championship?

No more points will be awarded towards the FedEx Cup standings. Instead, those points totals at the end of last week will translate over into handicaps given to each golfer for the Tour Championship, and the winner of this tournament is crowned the champion. 

Depending on where the golfers finished in the standings, they will get to start the Tour Championship with a decreased score. For example, Cantlay, who finished at the top of the FedEx Cup standings, gets an automatic score of 10-under at the beginning of play on Thursday. Finau, who finished in second, is given a score of 8-under, third-place DeChambeau has 7-under, and so on it goes. 

Here is the full handicap system. 

  • No. 1: 10-under

  • No. 2: 8-under

  • No. 3: 7-under

  • No. 4: 6-under

  • No. 5: 5-under

  • Nos. 6-10: 4-under

  • Nos. 11-15: 3-under

  • Nos. 16-20: 2-under

  • Nos. 21-25: 1-under

  • Nos. 26-30: Even

What are the 2021 Tour Championship pairs and tee times?

Here are some of the most notable pairs and tee times for Round 3 on Saturday. 

  • 1:45 p.m. ET: Abraham Ancer and Brooks Koepka

  • 2:15 p.m. ET: Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen

  • 2:25 p.m. ET: Harris English and Rory McIlroy

  • 2:45 p.m. ET: Tony Finau and Kevin Na

  • 2:55 p.m. ET: Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas

  • 3:05 p.m. ET: Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm

You can find all of the tee times here

Who is the favorite to win the 2021 Tour Championship?

Like after Thursday’s round, Rahm has the best odds (+100) despite being in second place. Cantlay is at +140, and no one else has odds any better than DeChambeau’s +1400.

Here is a look at some of the favorites to win the Tour Championship:

  • Jon Rahm, +100

  • Patrick Cantlay, +140

  • Bryson DeChambeau, +1400

  • Justin Thomas, +2000

  • Rory McIlroy, +4000

  • Viktor Hovland, +4000

  • Cameron Smith, +6000

  • Harris English, +6000

  • Tony Finau, +6000

  • Jordan Spieth, +6600

You can find the full list of odds here

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