Cantlay, Rahm favored in East Lake markets

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The longest season in PGA Tour history concludes this week, and for the third year in a row the Tour Championship will employ a staggered start.

Only 30 players are still standing after the first two playoff events, led by Patrick Cantlay who held off Bryson DeChambeau to win the BMW Championship in a memorable playoff. His reward for that triumph is the No. 1 seed, which means he'll begin the first round at 10 under. Northern Trust winner Tony Finau will tee off at 8 under, with DeChambeau at 7 under and a cascade of starting scores from there. The bottom five players will all tee off at Even, 10 shots behind Cantlay before a ball goes in the air in Atlanta.

Given his tangible head start, it's no surprise that Cantlay is the betting favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to win the FedEx Cup (and $15 million) this week. Jon Rahm, who will start four shots back, is his closest pursuer in the net market, followed by DeChambeau and Finau.

Odds to win Tour Championship (including starting strokes, odds via PointsBet)

+350: Patrick Cantlay

+400: Jon Rahm

+500: Bryson DeChambeau

+700: Tony Finau

+1700: Justin Thomas

+2000: Dustin Johnson

+2500: Cameron Smith, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy

+3000: Abraham Ancer

+3500: Harris English, Sam Burns, Xander Schauffele

+4000: Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im, Viktor Hovland

+5000: Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen

+8000: Jason Kokrak, Scottie Scheffler

+10000: Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na

+12500: Corey Conners, Daniel Berger

+15000: Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia

+20000: Erik van Rooyen

+30000: Billy Horschel, Stewart Cink

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But given the unique format of this week's event, there's also a market available at PointsBet that takes the starting strokes out of the equation. Based solely on 72-hole gross score at East Lake, Jon Rahm is favored ahead of past FedEx Cup champs Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas:

Odds to win Tour Championship (72-hole gross score only, odds via PointsBet)

+700: Jon Rahm

+1200: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas

+1400: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

+1600: Bryson DeChambeau

+1700: Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay

+2000: Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau

+2500: Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith, Louis Oosthuizen, Viktor Hovland, Daniel Berger

+3000: Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, Sam Burns

+3500: Corey Conners, Harris English

+4000: Sergio Garcia

+5000: Erik van Rooyen, Jason Kokrak, Joaquin Niemann

+7000: Billy Horschel, Kevin Na

+8000: Stewart Cink

Note that Patrick Reed is off the board for both markets. Reed qualified for East Lake in the No. 30 spot despite missing both playoff events, as he has been hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia. Reed has since left the hospital, but his status for this week's event remains in question. If he withdraws, the field will be reduced to 29 players.

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