FedEx Cup race: Five picks for the Tour Championship

Richard Hazeldine Richard Hazeldine

The cream of the golfing crop will descend on East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Thursday to battle it out at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Australia’s Marc Leishman will be among the favorites following his stunning five-shot win at last weekend’s BMW Championship

But who else in in contention?

FOX Sports Asia picks five players who we think will be in the running for the $10 million FedEx Cup series jackpot.

Marc Leishman

The obvious pick given his big win at the BMW Championship last week, but this is not based on last week alone. Leishman has been in top form for a month and was leading going into the final round at the Dell Technologies before a poor back nine put paid to his chances. He showed at Illinois last week that he is well and truly over that. If he can carry on in the same vein for four more days then the 33-year old from Victoria could be pocketing a big payday come Sunday.

Jordan Spieth

It’s been another great season for Spieth, who heads into the weekend in pole position leading rival and best friend Justin Thomas by 340 points. That means the three-time major winner could finish second in Atlanta and still win as long as none of the other players in the top five best him – making him the first player to triumph without a win.
He would also become only the second player after Tiger Woods to claim the title twice after his 2015 success. Spieth may have finished 10 shots behind Leishman last week, but a final round of 65 has given him a boost heading into the finale. So watch this space!

Rickie Fowler

It hasn’t been the best of years for the likeable Fowler, who has just one win to his name back in February at The Honda Classic and has yet to break his major duck. But if slow and steady wins the race then Fowler is definitely in with a chance.

Since the US Open back in June, Fowler has not finished worse than T22, with five Top-10 finishes in among that streak. A tie for second place last week means he is peaking at just the right time so there’s every likelihood the 28-year old Californian could end the season with a bang.

Jon Rahm

The only player to finish in the Top 5 of all three Playoff tournaments so far, the fiery Spaniard will likely be there or thereabouts when it comes down to the crunch on Sunday. With two wins to his name this season, the 22-year old has surpassed his own expectations in his first full year as a pro and now stands at number 5 in the world rankings. At the start of the year Rahm said that one of his goals was just to make it to East Lake. Having achieved that goal he is now in with a great chance of going one step further and winning it.

Justin Thomas

With two wins in his last four starts, including his first major title at the PGA Championship, Thomas has enjoyed a stellar season (five wins in total). A T47 last week at the BMW Championship means many have already counted him out this week, but Thomas has a habit of bouncing back into form very quickly. His PGA win in August came after three missed cuts and a T28.

With a win at the Dell Technologies just three weeks ago, all it needs is a spark to get him going and Thomas will be back near the top of the leaderboard looking for win number six!