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- Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose (8-1 betting odds) are co-favorites to win the 2018 Tour Championship (Sept. 20-23).
- Tiger Woods' odds (12-1) aren't too far off the favorites, and he's riding lots of momentum headed in to East Lake.
- Jason Sobel ranks the entire field, from 1-30, for the 2018 Tour Championship, with some big names failing to crack the top 10.
ATLANTA — We say this every year.
We said it last year and the year before and each of the 20 years before that.
This year’s Tour Championship field is stacked.
Well, yeah. That’s the nature of the year-end money-grab. Only the best of the best even qualify and thus, in a bubble, we look at the field each year and believe it’s as strong as it’s ever been.
But really, though … this one? It might be the strongest.
Just check out the list of all 30 competitors in the Tour Championship below.
You like Dustin Johnson this week? Me too — and he couldn’t even crack my top 10.
Bryson DeChambeau, the winner of two playoff events so far? Same thing.
Hideki Matsuyama? Tommy Fleetwood? Jon Freakin’ Rahm?!? Ditto.
Take nothing away from the legends of previous generations, but if you ever need to state the case that current fields are much deeper than those of 40 or 50 years ago, just copy and paste this week’s entry list as Exhibit A for the defense.
All of which makes trying to analyze and predict this small-field event an act of utter difficulty … but that’s not going to stop me from trying.
Let’s take a look at my top 30 — that’s all of ’em — for this week’s tourney, starting with a guy who has a reason to be motivated here.