Fantasy Golf: Tour Championship Preview


The end of the PGA Tour season is coming to a close this week, and there’s never been a better chance to score Fantasy Golf points!

With just 30 golfers in the field, no cut and fantasy prices ranging from £15m to 6.5 or 6m (with thanks to Kyle Stanley and Patrick Cantlay) – there’s an abundance of options that could leave you with plenty of fantasy points this week.

Jordan Spieth currently tops the betting stats as favourite to win the Tour Championship and subsequently the FedEx Cup, with the Open Champion currently topping the standings and having finished no worse than 7th in the previous three play-off events.

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He is one of the five players (Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman and Jon Rahm) that could guarantee the FedEx Cup with a win at the Tour Championship, but there are plenty of other strong contenders that will be hoping to do well this week.

Remember: The European Tour are also hosting the Portugal Masters this week, so make sure you also check out who looks in good shape to do well there this week. 

But who should be in your Fantasy Golf team this week? (in FedEx Cup rank order)

Jordan Spieth: Fantasy Price £15m

FedEx Cup Rank #1: The Open champion was beaten in a play-off at the Northern Trust, was 2nd to JT at the Dell Technologies and was 7th last week - securing the top spot in the FedEx rankings heading in to the final event. Three victories this year, and he’s also ranked 1st for approaches to the green, 2nd for putting average, 1st for both scoring and birdie average and 4th for greens in regulation. 

Justin Thomas: Fantasy Price £14m

FedEx Cup Rank #2: Disappointing T47 last week, but JT won the Dell Technologies the week before to wrap up his was his fifth victory of the 2016/17 season. The 2017 PGA Championship winner shot a 59 earlier this season, set a 59, a scoring record at the US Open, won his first major and is now ranked second in the FedEx Cup. He’s ranked 1st for putting, eagle average, 2nd for birdie average and 4th for scoring average.

Dustin Johnson: Fantasy Price £15m

FedEx Cup Rank #3: The four time PGA Tour winner this year won the 1st play-off event at the Northern Trust, but was leapfrogged by both Thomas and Spieth after their 1-2 finish at the Dell Technologies, where he finished T18. He was T33 last week so failed to improve that third spot position, but he'll be hoping to put to rest last year's Tour Championship demons to win the FedEx Cup this week. He’s ranked 1st for strokes gained, 6th for scoring average, 2nd for driving distance and 11th birdie average.

Marc Leishman: Fantasy Price £12m

FedEx Cup Rank #4: A convincing winner last week, Leishman followed up his disappointment at the Dell Technologies (where he threw away a multiple shot lead in the final round) with a big win to push him in to the top 5 in the FedEx Cup before the final event. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year - the question is just whether he can keep it going. Moved to World No.15, ranked 3rd for scoring av, 5th strokes gained.

Jon Rahm: Fantasy Price £12m

FedEx Cup Rank #5: Rahm has been a threatening figure all-year, and with a victory on both PGA and European Tours in his rookie year - he doesn't look like he's going anywhere fast. Finished T3 at Northern Trust, T4 at Dell Technologies and T5 last week - taking his top 10 count of 2017 up to 11! He’s the World No.5, ranked 5th in FedEx Cup standings, in top 10 for strokes gained, birdie average and scoring average, and is a good fantasy price. 

Rickie Fowler: Fantasy Price £14.5m

FedEx Cup Rank #6: Fowler has already had a win at the Honda Classic this year and has been pretty consistent all season in every part of his game -  with 10 top 10 finish in 19 starts. Hasn’t finished worse than 20th in past four events, was T2 last week, T13 at Dell Technologies and T20 at Northern Trust. Ranked third for total driving and putting average, 4th for scoring average and birdie average, and 1st for sand save percentage and scrambling from the fringe.

Justin Rose: Fantasy Price £14.5m

FedEx Cup Rank #8: 
One to watch this week, for sure as he seems to have hit a bit of a hot streak. A T2 finish last week was preceeded by two back-to-back T10 finishes in both of the first two FedEx Cup play-off events. Ranked 10th for birdie average and 12th scoring average.

Paul Casey: Fantasy Price £13.5m

FedEx Cup Rank #10: Casey has knocked on the door plenty of times, with eight top 10s in his last 13 starts. His T5 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitaitonal and T13 at PGA Championship was a confident showing from Casey, and he followed it with another T5 at the Northern Trust and T4 at Dell Technologies. He was a disappointing T33 last week, but given that he's finished in the top 5 during all three outings at East Lake - he could really do well here. Ranked in top 10 for scoring average, strokes gained and greens in reg.

Jason Day: Fantasy Price £15m

FedEx Cup Rank #15: He's had a bit of a tumultuous season, but Day has turned it up a gear in the last couple of weeks. T3 last week, T6 thanks to a final round 67 at the Northern Trust in the previous play-off event, was T9 at the PGA Championship, and if it hadn’t been for a bad opening round at the Dell Technologies he would have finished a lot higher than T25. Ranked 6th for birdie average and strokes gained around the green.

Looking for lower prices?

Patrick Cantlay: Fantasy Price £6m

FedEx Cup Rank #29: The World No. 76 has had some brilliant results this season (particularly in the last three play-off events), and is a steal of a Fantasy pick. He was 9th at the BMW Championship, 10th at the Dell Technologies and 13th at the Northern Trust. His best results this season were T2 at the Valspar Championship and T3 at RBC Heritage. 

Pat Perez: Fantasy Price £8.5m

FedEx Cup Rank #11: Unbelievably, this is Perez's first outing in the Tour Championships on his 11th try, but he's been consistent all season. He was T12 last week and T6 the week before.

Kevin Chappell: Fantasy Price £10m

FedEx Cup Rank #19: Don't rule out Kevin Chappell. His last six results? T12 - T35- T6 - T33- T13 - T8. He also won his first PGA Tour event at the Valero Texas Open this year, and he also finished runner-up at East Lake to Rory McIlroy last year. 

Fantasy Prices of the FedEx Cup top 30

£15m: Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day
£14.5m: Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed
£14m: Justin Thomas
£13.5m: Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka
£13m: Matt Kuchar
£12m: Marc Leishman, Jon Rahm, Kevin Kisner
£11m: Daniel Berger
£10.5m: Gary Woodland, Charley Hoffman
£10m: Webb Simpson, Kevin Chappell
£9m: Russell Henley, Jason Dufner, Tony Finau
£8.5m: Pat Perez, Brian Harman, Jhonattan Vegas
£8m: Adam Hadwin
£7.5m: Xander Schauffele
£6.6m: Kyle Stanley
£6m: Patrick Cantlay