With the 2014 Ryder Cup bearing down on us, selected players will vary their preparations in order to get a lead on the opposition. What better preparation than the tournament that decides who wins the FedEx Cup play-offs, the Tour Championship. The majority of the Ryder Cup players from both teams will tee off looking for some decent form and for one a big win just before the prestigious tournament at Gleneagles.
The top 29 players in this years FedEx cup standings will compete at East Lake in Georgia for the Tour Championship title and the $10 Million bonus prize fund that comes with it. All 29 players are capable of winning the FedEx cup but only a few have their own fate in their own hands. The top 5 players; Chris Kirk, Bubba Watson, Billy Horschel, Rory Mcilroy and Hunter Mahan can all win the FedEx cup outright as long as they win the Tour Championship. This isn’t the case for players lower down in the field. For example, Jimmy Walker must win this weekend and hope Chris Kirk comes in worse than second place.
Gary Woodland could win but a miracle is in order. Nothing short of a win and the top players finishing last is the only way he can win. But as we know golf is never simple and miracles really do happen.
The lowest rounds at East Lake have all come before the change in texture of the greens. Zach Johnson carded a round of 60 in 2007 and since the change from Bentgrass to Bermuda in 2008 the course seems to have changed dramatically and scores and birdie opportunities have slimmed. The lowest round since the transformation is a 63 which only Nick Watney in 2010 and Webb Simpson last year have been able to accomplish.
Last years winner Henrik Stenson won with an outstanding 13 under-par final score. Stenson went into last years FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship on top of the golfing world. Stenson finished in the top 3 in five of his last seven starts last year which could also be a sign for this years tournament as form is key.