The FedEx Cup Series comes to a conclusion this weekend, with the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia hosting the Tour Championship.
The Series has included a handicap system since 2019, with the leader, Patrick Cantlay in this case, starting on ten under par, with this advantage gradually reducing the further away from the lead the player drops. Cantlay starts with a two shot lead over Tony Finau, but we’re reluctant to side with the young American as he would have to replicate his majestic putting display.
Instead we prefer Jon Rahm. The Spaniard has to make up four shots on Cantlay but the world no. 1 has played the best golf on the planet for the last few months. The course was two easy last week, enabling everyone to score birdies upon birdies, but the much stiffer long-game examination of East Lake will suit him.
We expect a polished performance from a player who will be fresher than most of his rivals, having missed the Olympics with a positive Covid test.
Over in Europe, the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome hosts the Italian Open.
The two Englishmen, Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick, head the betting, and both will be looking for form with the Ryder Cup less than a month away. There have been a number of occasions this season of European players coming back to their home tour from the U.S. and enjoying fishing in less competitive waters.
Fitzpatrick lost a play-off for the Scottish Open on his last appearance at this level, and he has to be considered having been a factor on each and every visit to Italy, twice finishing in the top three from just five starts in this event. We’ll take a punt.
Rahm to win the Tour Championship (including handicaps), 1 pt, at 7/2, widely available
Fitzpatrick to win Italian Open, 1 pt, at 14/1, widely available