Our fantasy golf power rankings for the 2022 Tour Championship take a look at the golfers at top of the odds list and highlight who to select in pools this week.
The final event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and PGA Tour season begins Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA.
It’s a unique setup with a starting-strokes format, so these Power Rankings will focus on the 72-hole betting markets and who will finish this four-day event with the best score without incorporating the beginning positions of each of the 30 players.
With that in mind, the focus will be on current form and course history with the FedEx Cup Championship and a handsome payday on the line.
Here’s a peek at the top of the odds list from DraftKings Sportsbook for the Tour Championship.
Tour Championship Fantasy Power Rankings
Buyer Beware: Will Zalatoris (+2000)
A back injury forced Zalatoris to withdraw last week and as a result, he’s a risky target entering the Tour Championship. Still, overlooking the ball-striking wiz could prove shortsighted if it was merely a precautionary exit. Adding further fuel to his boom-or-bust outlook, this will also be Zalatoris’ first professional trek around East Lake.
Update: Zalatoris withdrew from the Tour Championship on Tuesday morning due to a back injury.
10. Sam Burns (+2500)
The four-time tour winner lacks a statement victory, and Burns hasn’t posted a top-10 finish since the RBC Canadian Open on June 12. Additionally, while his statistical profile is sound across the board, we might just be looking at a solid player and not a star.
After finishing 18th in the Tour Championship last year, Burns is probably best viewed as a high-floor target and not a potential winner in his second appearance at East Lake.
9. Cameron Young (+3500)
After missing the cut in the U.S. Open and the Genesis Scottish Open, Young rebounded with a runner-up finish at The Open Championship and T-2 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He’s a near lock to win the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors, and Young ranks second in SG: off-the-tee and 14th in SG: tee-to-green for the year. He’s also been knocking on the door regularly with five second-place results for the season to consistently reinforce that the largest stages aren’t too bright.
8. Tony Finau (+1600)
Heading to East Lake in his best form of the season, Finau has two wins and a top-five finish in his past four events while leading everyone in this week’s field in SG: tee-to-green and SG: total through each player’s respective past 20 rounds. Finau has also posted two top-10 finishes at the Tour Championship with his worst showing being a 17th-place result in the 2020 edition.
7. Justin Thomas (+1400)
Without a top-10 performance through his past five events, Thomas hasn’t been sharp of late. However, he took down the PGA Championship on May 22 and ranks seventh in both scoring average and SG: total for the year. He’s also never finished outside the top-10 in six trips to East Lake. As a result, his position among the betting favorites this week is warranted.
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6. Cameron Smith (+2000)
After opting out of the BMW Championship due to hip discomfort, Smith carries additional risk than normal this week. He’s only played once since winning The Open Championship on July 17, albeit the result was a rock-solid T-13 in the FedEx St. Jude Championship.
If at full health, expect Smith to be in contention on Sunday. He ranks second in scoring average, third in SG: approach the green, and seventh in SG: putting for the year, after all.
5. Jon Rahm (+900)
In the midst of a playoff surge, Rahm has T-5 and T-8 results the past two weeks, and ranking eighth in SG: putting at the BMW was particularly encouraging. After all, he ranks first in SG: off-the-tee and fourth in SG: tee-to-green, so a few more putts hitting the bottom of the cup is the missing link for the Spaniard this week. Rahm has also finished second and fourth in his past two stops at East Lake.
4. Scottie Scheffler (+1000)
Currently atop the FedEx Cup Standings and coming off a T-3 finish last week, Scheffler heads to East Lake without a flaw in his game. He finished fifth at the event in 2020, and the reigning Masters champion ranks fourth in scoring average and fifth in SG: total for the year.
After missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, Scheffler’s bounce-back week at the BMW should have poolies and punters confident in the 26-year-old star.
3. Rory McIlroy (+800)
This will be the ninth tournament at East Lake for the Northern Irishman, and he’s won twice and also has a second-place finish in the 2014 edition. McIlroy lost -4.563 strokes putting at the BMW Championship last week, so a better performance with the flatstick should be expected at a familiar track. Plus, he’s paced the tour in scoring average and SG: total for the season.
2. Patrick Cantlay (+800)
The defending champion at East Lake and reigning FedEx Cup winner topped the field at the BMW Championship in SG: total, and he hasn’t missed a cut in eight consecutive tournaments. During the surge, Cantlay has added three more top-five finishes to his ledger and is up to fifth in scoring average and eighth in SG: total for the campaign.
1. Xander Schauffele (+800)
Good luck finding a box Schauffele doesn’t check this week — or X. He won at East Lake in 2017 and has added a pair of runner-up finishes since with his worst showing in five trips a seventh-place result. He tied for third in SG: total last week at the BMW, and he’s up to sixth in the metric for the season to go along with the sixth-best scoring average.
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