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It's FedExCup Playoffs time which means the FootJoy $100,000 Championship has kicked off. Make sure you use all of your tickets if you have them stockpiled.
The format is simple as you pick six head-to-head matchups. Then you pick a winner and winning score.
The FootJoy Championship is a three-event contest with $100,000 rewarded at the end of the Playoffs. It will be $50,000 to first and paid out to the top 10. If you've been playing all season then you've likely accumulating some tickets so make sure you use them all this week.
We will provide our picks for the format below and then provide some notes about why we chose our matchup picks or why we like a certain golfer to win.
Top Weekly Score: 85 pts
Justin Thomas (-18)
Thomas is my projected winner so I'll gladly take him over Cantlay who starts two shots behind JT and has also lost nearly 8 strokes putting in two visits to East Lake.
McIlroy versus Koepka is a tight match but I'll lean McIlroy who will start two strokes behind BK but has the firepower to lap any field.
In the third slot, I will fade Reed on a course where he's lost 2 or more strokes to the field in 10-of-20 rounds played.
When looking at the big hitters DJ and Woodland, both are struggling over the last few months. I don't have much faith in either of them to make a charge this week but I will side with long-term stats and go with Johnson who has gotten the better of Woodland in 12 of their last 17 events played together.
Rose had one blowup hole last week that spoiled his entire week since everyone was going low at Medinah. With a pair of runner-up finishes on his East Lake resume, I like Rose's chance to bounce back this week.
For the last matchup we have DeChambeau who is struggling to find his game and also dealing with the pace of play spotlight. I will go to the other side of the aisle and choose Kokrak who has gotten the better of B.A.D. in 6 of their 9 nine events played together.
Top Weekly Score: 90 pts
Brooks Koepka (-19)
Justin Thomas came through for me in this space last week -- though I missed his winning score by a whopping eight shots -- powered by his course-record 11-under 61 in R3 en route to a tournament record score to par of 25-under!
I'm going to veer off course here and head toward the reigning Player of the Year Koepka.
He's yet to win a FedExCup Playoffs event in 17 attempts and owns just two top 10s, including a best of solo 6th here two tries ago (T4 thru 54 holes), which was highlighted by a bogey-free 66 in R1.
The World No. 1 is the season-leader in victories with three, and also leads in top-5 finishes with eight.
He's won four majors, added his first WGC to the resume, claiming the FedEx St. Jude in Memphis three starts ago, and two of his seven W's have come in no-cut events.
The 29-year-old was the regular-season FedExCup champ and I see him adding a post-season victory to his haul this week.
He slots 3rd in the FEC Starting Strokes position (-7), three swings shy of leader Thomas, and ranks 14th in R1 scoring average this season (69.44) and T7 in scoring average thru the first 36 holes (69.25), coincidentally tied with Thomas in that latter stat.