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LAST TOURNAMENT: BMW Championship (Justin Thomas)
THIS WEEK: Tour Championship, Aug. 22-25
East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta (Par 70, 7,385 yards)
Purse: Winner: $15 million; 2nd: $5M; 3rd: $4M, 4th: $3M; 5th: $2.5M; 6th: $1.9M; 7th: $1.3M; 8th: $1.1M; 9th: $950,000; 10th: $830,000
Defending champion: Tiger Woods
FedEx Cup leader: Thomas
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-7 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m. (GC), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC)
NOTES: The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings advanced to the Tour Championship. ... Woods failed to qualify and will not defend his title. ... Thomas will start the tournament at 10-under par, with a two-shot advantage over Patrick Cantlay, who enters second in the Cup standings. World No. 1 Brooks Koepka will start at 7 under, followed by Patrick Reed (6 under) and Rory McIlroy (5 under). ... The total bonus pool for this year's FedEx Cup race is $70 million. ... This is a no-cut event. ... All players are guaranteed at least $395,000 for qualifying for the Tour Championship.
BEST BETS: Thomas (+221 by PointsBet) starts with a two-shot lead and is coming off a victory. However, despite a course-record 61 on Saturday, Thomas had a two-way miss off the tee on Sunday and managed to hold on. ... Cantlay (+450) has a victory at the Memorial along with six other top-10s this season. If he can keep it straighter off the tee this week, no one is striking his irons better. ... Koepka (+500) spent much of the season in the top spot and has a knack for bringing out his best in marquee events. ... McIlroy (+750) has a pair of wins and more top-10s (13) than not (5) in 2019. He's likely to make a strong run - but can he finish on Sunday?
NEXT TOURNAMENT: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, Sept. 12-15
LAST TOURNAMENT: Ladies Scottish Open (Mi Jung Hur)
THIS WEEK: CP Women's Open, Aug. 22-25
Magna Golf Club, Ontario, Canada
Purse: $2.25 million (Winner: $337,500)
Defending champion: Brooke Henderson
Race to the CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko
Television: Thursday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
NOTES: Henderson was the first Canadian golfer to claim the women's national championship since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973. ... Ko leads the Tour in official money ($2,281,131), scoring average (69.034) and greens in regulation (79.6%). ... Players from South Korea have won 11 of the first 24 tournaments in 2019. ... Ko is the only three-time winner this season. ... The average age of winners this year is 24.54. ... Brittany Alomare (257.5 points) currently holds the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot for the United States Solheim Cup team. Ally McDonald (250.5) is No. 9, followed by Cristie Kerr (224.5).
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Cambia Portland Classic, Aug. 29-Sept. 1
LAST TOURNAMENT: DICK'S Sporting Goods Open (Doug Barron)
THIS WEEK: Boeing Classic, Aug. 23-25
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash. (Par 72, 7,264 yards)
Purse: $2.1 million (Winner: $315,000)
Defending champion: Scott Parel
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron
Television: Friday, 8-10 p.m. ET; Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
NOTES: This is the 15th playing of the Boeing Classic. ... Parel claimed his first Champions tour title with a closing 9-under 63 on Sunday last year, winning by three shots over Kevin Sutherland. ... Seattle native Fred Couples is coming off a 63 in the final round last week. ... Sutherland shot a 60 in the second round last year and led the field by hitting 47 of 54 greens in regulation. ... Reteif Goosen has not finished worse than T-14 in seven Champions starts.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary, Aug. 30-Sept. 1
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