TOUR Championship 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Paul Casey (ew)Tournament Winner18/1BetVictor
Hideki Matsuyama (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Betfred

Venue

East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, has staged the closing event of the PGA Tour season since 2004, during which time the tournament has been won by Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and, last year, Jordan Spieth. The home course of the legendary Bobby Jones, East Lake’s par 70 layout has been made tougher in recent years by a switch to Bermuda grass greens, which combined with punishing rough, rewards accuracy off the tee rather than power and length.

Favourites

Only the leading 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings make it to East Lake, making this an elite and hugely competitive field, although the likes of Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen have all narrowly missed out this year. Dustin Johnson has gone close to winning this event a couple of times and the US Open champion is the favourite this year at best odds of 5/1 with both Betfred and BetVictor. Rory McIlroy earned his first PGA Tour win of the year at the recent Deutsche Bank Championship and he is the 13/2 second favourite with Stan James, with Jason Day at 9/1 and defending champion Spieth at 10s – both with BetVictor.

Tips

paul caseyPAUL CASEY may not have won on the Tour this year, but arrives in Atlanta in fine form after finishing as the runner-up at each of the last two play-off tournaments, shooting four 66s and two 67s in his eight rounds. Now at no.15 in the world rankings, he finished behind just Dustin Johnson at the BMW Championship, while only Rory McIlroy got the better of him at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Casey also put together a string of good results in the second half of last season and went on to share fifth spot here – this time his form is even better.

hideki-matsuyamaHIDEKI MATSUYAMA is playing in the Tour Championship for the third successive year and despite a wobble over the summer he has produced some great results through much of the season, including winning the Phoenix Open in February. Seven top 10s and 13 top 25s in 22 starts highlight a growing consistency, although he has been let down at times by his play around the green. He ranks in the top 10 on the Tour from tee to green, but outside the top 100 in the putting stats. Yet his recent form suggests that his putter has been a little hotter, with back to back top fives at the PGA and Wyndham Championships followed by good results in the play-offs. Betfred‘s price of 33/1 looks a tempting each-way choice (25/1 elsewhere).

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Paul Casey (ew)Tournament Winner18/1BetVictor
Hideki Matsuyama (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Betfred