Fantasy Golf The Tour Championship
(Rahmbo’s Last Blood)
By James Dalthorp III
BEAST DOME NATION
It comes down to the biggest money payout of the year. Not a time for laying up. Not a time for a journeyman to make his mark. This is where the beef of the season gets really interesting – and the ultimate storyline comes to fruition for the 2020 golf season. Even though we still have majors to play after this in what will be considered the 2021 season, there is one score to settle this week, that score is at East Lake.
Like last week, there’s no need for a cut line with the best players of the year in full form with 4 rounds and 10 million on the line for the winner of the Cup, a hefty check to the winner of the actual event, and only 30 players to vie for a strong finish to a wild year. With the top players in the world starting to really thicken their pockets, we might see the first real separation from the rest in terms of the #1 in the world debate. With Tiger out of the field, we may see more fireworks like last week from the up and coming players. None of these guys are worried about having a mortgage to pay.
There’s not too much to say about the host course. East Lake is well known by all of these top players and there shouldn’t be any surprises. With a small field of just 30 players, let’s look at my top 6 picks.
Top 3 BEASTS’
Jon Rahm –
It’s rare that I pick a golfer who wins to go back – to – back. But I think the state of Rahm’s game is in a place that is quite dangerous. His promise has been apparent for some time and since he has won the order of merit in Europe, I think it’s just a natural reflection of his game that he should capture the FedEx cup here.
Hideki Matsuyama –
For some of the best players in the world recently, the light has seemed too bright. Morikawa struggled a little after the PGA, Dechambeau has come back to earth some. Justin Thomas has been his streaky self. Meanwhile, Hideki is one of those guys rising to the top quietly. Three top 30’s and a tie for 3rd last week. His game looks excellent. He is technically on point and is quietly in PEAK form. Go for it!
Dustin Johnson –
I would argue that Johnson is playing better than Rahm at the moment, but can he keep it going? I don’t think East Lake is Johnson’s cup of tea. He’s been T29, 3rd, 17th, and 6th in his last 4 Tour Championships. Out of 30 guys, that’s pretty mediocre for him. That being said, I think he’ll be in the top 5. I would expect the “sleepers” to challenge Rahm the most. Dustin, though, is playing the best golf of his career. Like Bryson in previous weeks, he cannot be left out of the conversation.
Viktor Hovland –
It would sure make for an interesting finish to the rookie of the year debate if Hovland were to win the Tour Championship – and rest assured, he is very capable. This is a course that requires his accuracy and we’ve seen through this whole season how consistent he is.
Billy Horschel –
Sneaking into the event with the 30th spot, Horschel is a past champion here and he’s also trending in the right direction for the past month. That momentum makes him very dangerous on a course where he’s captured the 10 mil prize before. Knowing his game should make this
Lanto Griffin –
Finishing in the top 10 and just 8 shots out of the winning score last week should be a giant positive for Griffin. It should overstate his chances this week. He had a great early 2020 and late 2019 – meshed now with a return to form after a brief slump period. I think the quarantine was a much-needed rest and time off for Griffin. This will be his first big opportunity here at East Lake and I think the course suits him well.
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