Power Rankings: Top Picks to Win the 2021 Tour Championship

Published 08/30/2021, 3:06 PM EDT
Aug 23, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Tony Finau hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during a playoff with Cameron Smith on the final round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports


After an enthralling finish to the 2021 BMW Championship, the FedExCup playoffs move to the Tour Championship. Meanwhile, the Tour Championship is the final event of the FedExCup playoffs and is all set to begin on September 2nd. And the East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, will host the event as usual. 

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Only the top 30 players from the FedExCup rankings following the BMW Championship will be playing this event. Moreover, this is a no-cut event since there are only 30 players on the field. Hence, all 30 players will be going into the weekend. 

Furthermore, the format for the Tour Championship is slightly different. The FedExCup leader will be starting the Tour Championship with a score of -10, and similarly, all the other players will be starting their round with predetermined strokes based on their rankings. Also, the winner of the Tour Championship will get a bonus of $15 million and an exemption on the PGA Tour for five years.

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Additionally, all the 30 players who have made it to the Tour Championship will get entry into the following tournaments. WGC-HSBC Champions, Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, Genesis Scottish Open, and The Open Championship. And the lowest prize money payout at the Tour Championship is $395,000. 

Top 5 picks to win the 2021 Tour Championship 

Aug 29, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Patrick Cantlay plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

5. Cameron Smith

Even though Cameron Smith had a disappointing week at the BMW Championship, he still is one of the top picks to win the Tour Championship. He has been exceptional throughout this season, and he would like to conclude it by winning the $15 million bonus. He will start the event with a score of -5 and is five strokes behind the leader.  

4. Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau had a disappointing finish last week as he narrowly missed out on a victory. He was driving the ball well with some great approach shots, but if he can somehow manage to keep his putter hot throughout the event and not just for one round, then he is one of the top picks to get his hands on the ultimate FedExCup trophy. He will start the event with a score of -7 and is three strokes behind the leader. 

3. Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm is having a sensational run this season. However, he has failed to close out and has lacked consistency in the last couple of tournaments. But if the U.S. Open Champion can get his consistency back, then there is no golfer in the field who can stop him from winning. Rahm will start the event with a score of -6 and is four strokes behind the leader. 

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2. Tony Finau

It looks like Tony Finau has broken the shackles by winning the 2021 Northern Trust. He is one of the top picks to win this week at the Tour Championship. Even at the BMW Championship, Finau looked in decent touch and finished T16 for the event. He will start the Tour Championship with a score of -8 and is just two strokes behind the leader. 

1. Patrick Cantlay

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After winning the BMW Championship and getting the top spot on FedExCup rankings, Cantlay is the top pick to win the $15 million bonus this week. He is the only player this season with 3 PGA Tour wins. And this shows his form and consistency throughout the season. Moreover, he will start the event with a score of -10 and will have an added advantage even before starting the event. Hence, Patrick Cantlay could be the man to win the 2021 Tour Championship and become the FedExCup champion.  

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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