2022 Tour Championship Odds, Picks: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele Bring Strong Form to East Lake
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2022 BMW Championship Odds
Patrick Cantlay successfully defended his BMW Championship on a new course as he made a clutch birdie on the par-4 17th to take a one-shot lead. He would then par the final hole to close out his first win of the season and move into 2nd place in the FedEx Cup standings. Cantlay will look for another defense next week at the Tour Championship, but will start two strokes back of Scottie Scheffler.
If you are new to the Tour Championship setup, it is the most unique event of the season as everything players have done up to this point factors into their starting point in the field of 30. Scheffler, as the top player in the FedEx Cup standings, will start at 10-under, while Cantlay will begin at 8-under. That continues down the line to the last several players in the field, who will start at even par. It creates a unique event intended to reward the best player of the entire season, but it also makes for several different betting markets.
We will need to be sure of what we are betting as we go into the week at East Lake Golf Club, but there will be value to be had.
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Over the weekend, Xander Schauffele seemed to find his form that led him to back-to-back TOUR wins earlier this year. He was in the final pairing alongside Patrick Cantlay, but just couldn't quite get things going enough to push him during the round. Still, it was a solid T3 finish and Schauffele now heads to a course where he seemingly always plays well.
Schauffele was the winner in the "low score" (without strokes) market a couple of years ago and he should have some value there this week too. I'll be looking for players like Schauffele, who will have to push the envelope a bit to make up ground. He can certainly make up a four-shot deficit across the weekend on this course and will be my first look when odds drop on Monday.
Rory McIlroy is another player who, for me, will stand above the rest to start the week. He has a bigger deficit to make up in order to contend for the title, but he should absolutely be one of the top players in the lowest score markets.
McIlroy loves East Lake and ranks alongside Schauffele at the top of the board in SG: Total in the past three years at this tournament. He was also the best player in the field last week tee-to-green at the BMW Championship, but his putter completely let him down.
If McIlroy can get the flatstick going on a course he knows well, he can contend in a couple of different markets this week.
The Australian is a really interesting last man in this week as Adam Scott has historically loved playing at East Lake. He hasn't had as much play around there as he would like lately, but we can certainly expect the good vibes to return in a hurry as Scott is coming off of one of his best weeks of the year.
Scott was able to get up and down to get into the event on his last hole on Sunday and will start in the 30th spot Thursday. He's another player who could be an interesting buy for low score considerations, even though the adjusted title is likely out of the question.