Jordan Spieth looks a great bet to defend his Tour Championship and Fedex crown.
The curtain comes down on a superb 2015-2016 PGA tour season that has had its fair share of drama. This week should be no different as the top 30 in the Fedex rankings do battle to win the biggest monetary prize available in golf. There are permutations where some can win the Fedex cup without winning this tournament, but more than likely the victor will be pocketing the huge prize.
East Lake is a course which rewards the more accurate golfer and it is most important to keep it in play around here. Jordan Spieth managed to win here last year despite some wayward driving but that was down to his exceptional scrambling skills. Overall the course suits Spieth's game and I'm quietly confident that he will play well again here this year. He will consider just two wins since last years triumph somewhat of an ordinary year but can make up for it by defending his Fedex crown.
A tidy short game is what succeeds around East Lake and there's nobody better equipped to tackle this task. McIlroy failed to follow up his success at the Deustche Bank when finishing well down the field at the BMW. He could well win this but I can't invest around the 11/2 mark considering his game isn't exactly an ideal fit for East Lake. Dustin Johnson is far too short. Day arrives with a fair few question marks surrounding his long game but despite that his price around 9/1 is slightly tempting. He arrived here last year less than half that price and although not in the same form as 12 months ago he still holds every chance. I won't be backing both though. Spieth remains the best prospect of the top four for me and we'll have a decent bet that he defends his title.
Ryan Moore has been playing some of the most impressive golf of his career and the bookies have underestimated his chances heading to the tour finale. After winning the John Deere last month he posted two top ten finishes in the first two playoff events before finishing down the field in the BMW. Crooked Stick isn't an ideal fit for Moore and so I'd prefer to look at his other performances. His putting and driving at the John Deere was something to behold and given that he is in the heat of the Ryder Cup conversation he has a lot more to play for here than just the Fedex Cup. He finished 3rd here back in 2012 and is certainly overpriced at 50/1 to land the biggest prize of his career and thus make it into the Ryder Cup team. Personally I think he should be the final pick for the States no matter what happens this week.