The final tournament of the 2013 PGA Tour season is here, and we’re down to 30 golfers vying for the FedEx Cup title.
Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker each choked away a tournament title last week at Conway Farms, with Zach Johnson stepping up in Monday’s final round to snag a victory and a Top 5 seed in the TOUR Championship. Johnson has a great chance at the $10 million FedEx Cup prize, especially since he’ll be battling just 29 other golfers for the big prize.
TOUR Championship, Atlanta, Ga.
Purse – $8 million
Winner Share – $1,440,000.00
FedEx Cup Points – 2,500 points
Course – East Lake GC, Atlanta, Ga.
Thursday, Sept. 19 – Golf Channel – 1-6pm ET
Friday, Sept. 20 – Golf Channel – 1-6pm ET
Saturday, Sept. 21 – Golf Channel – 10a-12pm ET, NBC 12-3:30pm ET
Sunday, Sept. 22 – Golf Channel – 11:30am-1:30pm ET, NBC – 1:30-6pm ET
Brendon de Jonge
The Zimbabwean de Jonge has gotten hot at just the right time, rattling off three consecutive Top 20 finishes to play his way into this weekend’s tournament at East Lake. He has made the cut in eight consecutive events, and accuracy has been key in his resurgence. He ranks 10th on the PGA Tour in Greens in Regulation (GIR), well above the tour average.
Woodland has been playing tremendous golf since winning the Reno-Tahoe Open, posting three finishes of 18th or better over the past five outings. Some casual fans might be surprised to see Woodland in the final 30, but he has earned his way to Atlanta by missing just three cuts in 24 events.
Kuchar hasn’t won a major yet in his career, but he could go a long way in padding his resume with a win at East Lake. He has made the cut in all 21 of his events this season, and he finished 28th or better in 10 straight outings. His consistency has been amazing, as Kuchar’s worst finish came at The Players Championship back in early May, finishing in a tie for 48th place. That’s still not half bad.
Mahan doesn’t rank in the Top 10 in any of the major categories, but he is consistently steady in each. He showed he is primed and ready for a big pay day when he checked in tied for fourth at the BMW Championship last week. That followed up an impressive 13th place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He is on the move, and he could cap off his solid season with a big pay day, likely resulting in a college fund for new daughter Zoe.
The Raleigh, N.C. native has taken a little bit of a step backwards this season, as he has been solid, yet unspectacular. Lately he has pieced things together, however, and he might be playing his best golf of the year when it matters most. Simpson has finished 25th or better in five of the past six events, and he has made the cut in 10 consecutive events.
Watney, like Simpson, is playing his best golf of the 2013 PGA Tour season. He had a season-best runner-up finish at the BMW Championship, his second Top 10 finish in the past three events. He had just two Top 10s in his first 22 events.
Day was outstanding at the BMW Championship, rising to a tie for fourth place. It was his fourth straight Top 25 finish, and he hasn’t missed the cut in 19 events this season. A seventh Top 10 finish to wrap up the season isn’t out of the question.
What’s not to like about Scott? He has two wins and six Top 10 finishes in 14 events this season, making the cut in each. He has been the picture of consistency, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him win this event and take that $10 million prize home to Australia as well. That would cap a magical season for the 2013 Masters winner.
Daily Fantasy Selections (based on DraftStreet.com salaries or tiers)
Tier 1 – Adam Scott – Scott might have Georgia on his mind frequently if he wins at East Lake
Tier 2 – Hunter Mahan – The new daddy Mahan has a chance to rack up some big dollars
Tier 3 – Brandt Snedeker – Can Snedeker duplicate his miraculous run last season in Atlanta?
Tier 4 – Matt Kuchar – The Georgia Tech grad will certainly have his fair chance of well wishers
Tier 5 – Webb Simpson – Simpson is a dark horse to pick up his first victory of the season
Tier 6 – Brendon de Jonge – de Jonge is playing his best golf of the year, and he could really surprise
SALARY CAP DRAFT
Adam Scott $20,793 – Scott is worth the big price tag
Jason Day $17,322 – Day usually plays his best when the stakes are high
Matt Kuchar $16,799 – Kuchar is so very consistent, and might very well be a bit underpriced
Jordan Spieth $16,244 – Spieth’s shine has faded slightly over the past couple of tournament, but he is a steal at this price
Webb Simpson $15,203 – Simpson as a No. 5 Fantasy option? Sign me up
Brendon de Jonge $13,330 – Top-to-bottom, this might be the best lineup of the season
*All stats up-to-date as of 09/17/13.