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Brooks Koepka has one more event, the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club, during this magic 2017-18 PGA Tour season.

Koepka recorded victories at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills and the PGA Championship at Bellerive earlier this season, and he was 19th or better in each of his three Playoff appearances. He ranks seventh in the FedExCup standings heading into East Lake, so he'll need a miracle to vault to the top spot, but it is mathematically possible. The big stage doesn't seem to bother him, as is evidenced by his two big major wins, so he remains a top-tier DFS option heading into the final event of the season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 10:40 PM

Tony Finau arrives at the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club this week looking to top the FedExCup standings and bring home the $10 million payoff.

Finau is one of a handful of golfers who has a legitimate chance at the top spot, even though he hasn't registered a victory this season. He ranks third in the FedExCup standings while posting 11 top-10 finishes in 27 events. The Utahan has been as consistent as anyone, but his lack of accuracy could be troublesome at the narrow East Lake GC. He checks in just 176th in Driving Accuracy Percentage, although he is 14th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, another important area at East Lake. With just 30 golfers on the slate, he is a solid choice for his SG: Tee-to-Green work, and he bangs it off the tee with the best of them, checking in third in Driving Distance (316.3 yards). If he can harness that power with any semblance of accuracy, he could be a rich man come Sunday.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 10:34 PM

Jason Day arrives at the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club this week on the outside looking in.

Day has never taken home the big $10 million FedExCup prize at season's end, and he isn't likely to do so this season either. The Aussie ranks 12th in the FedExCup standings, with no realistic chance at the big payday. He has just one victory this season and he hasn't been his dominant self. This will be his sixth straight season qualifying for the TOUR Championship. He was 17th in last season's event, he withdrew in 2016, he was 10th in 2015, fourth in 2014 and 14th in 2013. In other words, he hasn't been dominant at East Lake. His DFS price tag will be high, but you're better off building around one of the other big days in the 30-golfer event.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 10:29 PM

Bryson DeChambeau arrives at the TOUR Championship this week at East Lake Golf Club looking to take home the $10 million prize for placing first in the FedExCup standings.

DeChambeau has gotten hot at the right time, rattling off victories at THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship before placing a respectable 19th last week at the soggy BMW Championship. There are just a handful of golfers headed to East Lake with a legitimate shot at the $10 million season prize, and DeChambeau has positioned himself well. He is decent in Driving Accuracy Percentage, ranking 87th, while checking in eighth on TOUR in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. The latter is a very important stat at East Lake. Due to his pair of playoff wins, his DFS price is through the roof right now, but he is a solid option to build your roster around, especially in cash games.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 10:00 PM

Marc Leishman arrives at the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club this week, looking to cap off his season in style.

Leishman managed to vault to 29th in the FedExCup standings to qualify for the final event of the season, but don't expect a big finish. Accuracy off the tee is very important at East Lake, as well as Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. The Aussie managed to rank just 123rd in Driving Accuracy Percentage (59.69 percent), which isn't great for his fantasy outlook. However, he was a respectable 47th in SG: Tee-to-Green, so that does provide some hope. There are just 30 golfers to choose from this week, so Leishman could be a decent low-priced option if you want to try and squeeze another high-priced superstar into the mix. Just don't expect Leishman to exceed expectations by very much.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 9:49 PM

Two-time past champ and World No. 21 Tiger Woods, a pre-tourney 11/1 outright, tees it up in Round 1 of the TOUR Championship at 12:30 pm ET paired with Tommy Fleetwood.

This is the 42-year-old's 15th appearance, fifth in the FedExCup era, and first since T22 in 2013. Overall, he owns eight top 10s, including four runners-up and two wins (2007, 1999), and is the event's all-time earnings leader. The Stanford product and two-time past FEC champion checks in at 20th in the FEC standings and off a T6 at the BMW two weeks ago as a first-round co-leader, his first lead/co-lead of the season in 17 starts. His six top 10s this season are all top 6s or better and are highlighted by runner-up finishes at the PGA Championship and the Valspar, the latter being the only event where he's connected four straight sub-par rounds.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 5:28 PM

Webb Simpson steps back onto the familiar grounds of East Lake Golf Club as he preps for this week's TOUR Championship.

Simpson sits at 11th in the FedExCup standings, so he doesn't control his own destiny when it comes to hoisting the FedExCup trophy. Still, the only way to have a chance is to win the event. A win would help Simpson reach six career victories with his most recent coming at this year's PLAYERS Championship. The Wake Forest product ranks 135th in strokes gained off-the-tee but inside the top 25 in the other three SG categories. Speaking of his comfort at East Lake last year he said the following, "I love tree-lined golf courses. I grew up in the Pinehurst area. I also love bermudagrass. I typically play better in the south, but if I can see a hole shaped by trees, I tend to drive it better." Simpson has racked up a whopping $5,004,417 this season and should be strongly considered in all fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 5:19 PM

World No. 1 Justin Rose, a pre-tourney 8/1 outright, heads out in Round 1 of the TOUR Championship in the final pairing at 2:00 pm ET with FedExCup leader Bryson DeChambeau.

Four of the last five FEC champions have been in the final pairing in Round 1 so that bodes well for the Englishman. This is his second week as the top-ranked player in the world but his first event wearing that badge, so definitely a story line to watch. The 38-year-old is making his ninth appearance at East Lake with five prior top 10s, highlighted by runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2012. Overall, this is his 40th FEC Playoffs event with 14 prior top 10s, including one win (2011 BMW) and six runners-up, three in the last five postseason tourneys played. The Bahamas resident arrives at No. 2 in the FEC standings and off back-to-back runner-up finishes at the BMW (playoff loss) and the Dell Tech, his ninth and 10th top-10 finishes of the season in 17 starts.
Sep 19 - 5:11 PM

World No. 9 Rickie Fowler, a pre-tourney 18/1 outright, tees it up in Round 1 of the TOUR Championship at 12:10 pm ET paired with Jon Rahm.

This is the 29-year-old's fifth appearance with one prior top 10, a T8 three tries ago in 2014. His scoring average in 16 laps on the par-70 layout is 70.50 with seven in the red and a best of 67 two times, both coming in Round 3. Overall, this is the Oklahoma State product's 30th FedExCup Playoffs event with nine prior top 10s and one win, the 2015 Dell Technologies. After sitting out the first two postseason events due to an oblique injury, he returned to a T8 at the BMW two weeks ago, his fifth top 10 of the season in 19 starts. The Jupiter, Florida, resident owns four TOUR wins in 215 events but hasn't won since the 2017 Honda 36 starts ago. He checks in at 23rd in the FEC standings.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 4:57 PM

Rory McIlroy looks to add a second FedExCup to his case as he sets his eyes on East Lake for this week's TOUR Championship.

McIlroy is making his fifth appearance at East Lake Golf Club (T10, T2, T16, WIN). He's been inside the top 5 after nine of his last 12 rounds here. The victory came in 2016 and it also doubled as a FedExCup win. This time around he sits at 17th in the FedExCup standings so he'll need a bit of help if he wants to hoist both trophies at week's end. Early this week, Jonathan Wall of PGATOUR.com tweeted the following, "Brad Faxon is out at East Lake today working with Rory McIlroy on the practice green." That is notable because he cited Faxon's putting tips as he was lapping the field at Bay Hill. He gained 10 strokes putting that week. The flat stick is always the wildcard when it comes to McIlroy finding the winner's circle. He was 1st in SG:Tee-to-Green at the BMW Championship.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 4:41 PM

World No. 23 Patrick Cantlay, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, heads out in Round 1 of the TOUR Championship at 12:50 pm ET paired with reigning Masters champ Patrick Reed.

This is the 26-year-old's second straight FedExCup Playoffs finale and checks in at 16th in the FEC standings. He finished T20 last year on the par-70 layout (74-66-71-69) as one of only two TOUR rookies to qualify, the other being the winner Xander Schauffele. The UCLA product was the only player in the 30-man field last year with ZERO TOUR wins but got that monkey off his back with his come-from-behind win at the 2018 Shriners. He owns three podiums in 63 career events, two coming last season, and 13 overall top-10 finishes. The Florida resident has 14 top 25s this season in 22 starts, which ranks T6 on TOUR, and has opened the postseason with T8 (NORTHERN TRUST), T24 (Dell Tech) and T55 two weeks ago at the BMW, which was his worst finish since a missed cut in Fort Worth back in May. Overall, this is his eighth FEC Playoffs event with three prior top 10s but no top 5s.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 4:36 PM

Tommy Fleetwood turns his attention toward East Lake Golf Club for his tournament debut at the TOUR Championship.

Playing his first full season as a PGA TOUR member, Fleetwood arrives with a 17-for-18 record to sit at 19th in the FedExCup standings. That includes six top 10s but still no victory on his Stateside resume (40 career starts). Currently ranked inside the top 50 in all four strokes-gained categories, it's hard to find a flaw in his game. That makes him a strong fantasy play in all formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 19 - 4:24 PM

Tomas Gouveia is looking to play four rounds in the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura this week.

Ricardo's younger brother got to play the Open de Portugal and this event on the European Tour last year, but missed the cut both time and by some margin (he was T127 and T130 after 36 holes). This season he has turned professional and is plying his trade on the third tier Pro Golf circuit. That spends its early season in Morocco and then the bulk of the summer in and around Germany. He struggled early on, again played the Open de Portugal and again missed the cut, but since then he has ticked off four top tens, including a T2 and a T3, in eight starts. A weekend of golf would still count as a success this week however. He plays out of this week's host venue.
Sep 19 - 9:57 AM

Sam Horsfield tees it up this week in the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura.

Prior to thrashing the field at the end of last year in Q School, this event was Horsfield final invite on the European Tour and he showed what he was made of with a second round 67 that guaranteed him four circuits as he recorded T59. Ranked 63rd on the Race to Dubai he will be hoping for a late push to earn himself good money in the late season big purse tournaments and this is a good opportunity: He knows the course and with it being resort-style (and Palmer designed) it will be familiar to him as a Florida resident. T64 last week in the KLM Open, going backwards after a 69-69 start.
Sep 19 - 9:56 AM

Richie Ramsay needs to revive memories of one special lap when he returns to the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

The Scot is ranked 125th on the Race to Dubai and desperately need points in the next four tournaments yet this might not be the week to accrue them. Not, at least, unless he is going to flip the trend of his career and thrive on this course. He's 3-for-5, but his T31 last year was his best effort and even that came courtesy of one good round, when a stunning 61 got him inside the cut line. In 15 rounds on the course he has only twice been better than T30 at the end of them and both were because of that one round. T12 in the Made in Denmark he has gone MC-T46 since.
Sep 19 - 9:55 AM



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