Tour Championship: After 46 golf tournaments and 10 months of action, the PGA Tour season comes to an end this week with The Tour Championship. gets underway Thursday, August 22, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. How this plays out, nobody knows, but we’ll begin to receive some answers when the 2019 Tour Championship tees off on Thursday first round below.
Tour Championship live: 2019 gets underway Thursday, August 22, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Check out the full list of Tour Championship tee times for Thursday’s first round below. the final tournament of both the 2019 PGA Tour season and the FedEx Cup Playoffs. After all, he was staked to a two-shot lead before he even arrived in Atlanta.
The new Tour Championship is like the current state of American politics: everyone has an opinion, and some of them are even well-founded. FedEx Cup leader Justin Thomas will start this year’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta at 10 under, ahead of second-place Patrick Cantlay by a pair and up three or more on everyone else. How this plays out, nobody knows, but we’ll begin to receive some answers when the 2019 Tour Championship tees off on Thursday.
All times Eastern; streaming start times approximated
Thursday and Friday
Round starts: 11:45 a.m.
Featured groups: 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on PGA Tour Live
Live TV coverage: 1-6 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 1-6 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com
Radio: Noon-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio
his is a weird week. We’re not talking about the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship format. This isn’t the column for those debates. We’re talking about wagering on this new Tour Championship setup. How significant is Justin Thomas’ two-shot lead, and who realistically has a chance.
There is a ridiculous amount of money at stake this week at the Tour Championship — the most money ever played for at a single event — and 30 guys are vying for the top prize of $15 million. Here’s a look at the laugh-out-loud level payouts. So while the golf tournament itself might not be as compelling as, say, a major championship, there should still be a bit of drama when Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas are playing for like $20 million down the stretch on Sunday.
The PGA Tour 2018-19 season ends this weekend at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. It’s been a great PGA Tour season, and we are finally at the season finale with the Tour Championship. This year’s version of the FedEx Cup’s final event will be a huge departure from what we have seen in the past. For the first time, the winner of the Tour Championship will also be guaranteed to be the winner of the FedEx Cup, so the stakes are high for both the field of golfers and the bettors.
East Lake Country Club has been the longtime host of the Tour Championship, and we are very familiar with its layout. The winning score of this event typically falls in the -10 to -13 range, but that number could jump to the -20 range given the new scoring format. East Lake places a huge emphasis on overall ball striking. The fairways are some of the most narrow on Tour, and the rough is thick enough to cause problems. Half of the par 4s at East Lake measures out to over 450 yards, so don’t expect a ton of wedge approach shots. I don’t want to get too caught up in the layout this week. The field is the best 30 players on tour from this season, and virtually all have the overall game to shoot a good score at this course.
The two-shot lead for Thomas is a clear advantage, but there is no way that I can bet him at only +250. The players closest for Thomas to start the tournament also don’t see much value either with Cantlay at +475, and Koepka at +510. However, we can find some value beginning with the players in the -5 range and lower. Sure, having a five-shot disadvantage to start a tournament will certainly matter, but we frequently see tournament winners come from five or even 10 shots back after Thursday and go on to win the tournament.
Tour Championship Tee Times: Thursday’s first round (ET)
11:45 a.m. – Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak
11:55 a.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell III
12:05 p.m. – Chez Reavie, Bryson DeChambeau
12:15 p.m. – Corey Conners, Sungjae Im
12:25 p.m. – Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood
12:35 p.m. – Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner
12:45 p.m. – Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker
12:55 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey
1:05 p.m. – Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson
1:15 p.m. – Gary Woodland, Tony Finau
1:25 p.m. – Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer
1:35 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele
1:45 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm
1:55 p.m. – Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed
2:05 p.m. – Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay