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Last weekend’s BMW Championship provided an exciting playoff for the second year in a row when Patrick Cantlay outdueled Bryson DeChambeau in a six-hole playoff to win the event at 25-1 and give this column a 1-2 finish in the event. Both players shot 27 under but reached the playoff in different ways. While DeChambeau doubled nearly the entire field for SG: Off The Tee, Cantlay gained + 14.577 strokes putting, a ShotLink record dating to the data's creation in 2005. Cantlay, the season’s only three-time event winner, enters this week’s Tour Championship at 10 under on the staggered scoring system and comes to Atlanta as the favorite to win the FedEx Cup.
The 2020-21 PGA Tour season culminates this weekend when the FedEx Cup will be awarded, including $15 million to the victor. Thirty players qualified for the season-ending event, and all will be entered into next season’s majors. Due to the scoring system, only a few players can realistically win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. Most books are offering only the market with the starting handicap scoring, but some shops will also be offering a low 72-hole scoring market as well. Last year provided a perfect example of the two unique markets. Dustin Johnson entered last year’s Tour Championship at 10 under and shot 11 under over 72 holes for a total score of -21 and won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup. However, Xander Schauffele shot 15 under and won the low 72-hole market.
The Tour Championship began in November 1987 as an event for the top 30 PGA Tour money winners and became the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2007. With only 30 players, there is no 36-hole cut. The FedEx Cup winner receives $15 million from the $60 million bonus money pool plus a five-year PGA Tour exemption. Although the staggered scoring will determine the FedEx Cup winner, the actual scores without the seeding adjustment will determine the points allocation in the Official World Golf Ranking.