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PGA Tour Championship betting tips: Rahm eyes $15m jackpot

| 31.08.2021

Odds and preview for the four-day tournament

Only 30 players are in line for the PGA’s ultimate prize at East Lake GC in Atlanta and we have examined the odds for some PGA Tour Championship betting tips.

This is the third year of the Tour Championship’s Starting Strokes format, which sees players begin between 10-under and even par – depending on their current position in the FedEx Cup standings.

The final field has been set after a dramatic end to the BMW Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs, with winner Patrick Cantlay ranked No 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.

The East Lake course is a par-70, 7,346-yard monster and has hosted the Tour Championship since 2005.

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Cantlay claimed victory on the sixth play-off hole of the BMW Championship after earlier making a huge 21-foot birdie on the final hole of regulation to force extra holes at Owings Mill.

He then sunk a 17-footer on the sixth hole of sudden death to beat Bryson DeChambeau.

So, Cantlay heads to East Lake as the top-ranked player in the standings and receives a 10-under-par head start as he takes aim at the $15million jackpot.

With six top-10s during the season and more than $11.5million in earnings, the 29-year-old has claimed an automatic Ryder Cup spot and he is the 10/3 favourite to land the Tour Championship.

He starts the tournament two shots clear of Northern Trust champion Tony Finau and four ahead of Jon Rahm.

US Open winner Rahm has 11 other top-10 finishes from 14 tournaments this year and the Spaniard missed the cut just once in that span.

There is no doubt he is the best player in the world at present and Rahm is 4/1 second favourite and must be on the Tour Championship betting tips list.

Big bombing DeChambeau’s putting let him down in the closing stretch and throughout the play-off as he missed multiple putts that could have closed the tournament.

He starts three shots behind Cantlay at seven-under and is a 5/1 chance in the PGA Tour Championship betting tips.

Abraham Ancer features in the PGA Tour Championship betting tips

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Finau, who began the season with three runners-up finishes, went off the boil with five missed cuts in 10 starts but has bounced back in recent weeks and took the Northern Trust to propel himself into second place in the FedEx Cup standings. He is 7/1 to win.

Cameron Smith, fifth in the standings after finishing runner-up at the Northern Trust and T34 last weekend, is the fifth seed so starts five shots behind Cantlay at five-under and is priced at 20/1.

At four-under will be Justin Thomas (16/1), Harris English (40/1), Abraham Ancer (33/1), Jordan Spieth (28/1) and Sam Burns (40/1).

Of that quintet, Mexico’s Ancer makes plenty of appeal. The St Jude Invitational winner played well for a T9 finish at the BMW Championship and he is capable of shooting very low scores and eating into Cantlay’s early lead.

No one has successfully defended the FedEx Cup and champion Dustin Johnson starts with a seven-shot handicap at three-under. He is a 20/1 chance in the PGA Tour Championship betting tips.

That is a fair price as far as each-way betting goes, since Coral offer 1/5th of the odds for the first five home and he will likely go on many Tour Championship betting tips lists.

Also at three-under are Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa (40/1), Sungjae Im (50/1), Viktor Hovland (40/1) and Louis Oosthuizen (40/1).


Rory McIlroy is a two-time FedEx Cup winner and starts at two-under.

The Wells Fargo winner was T4 at the Olympics and was a rousing fourth at the BMW Championship and his game is coming together well in time for the Ryder Cup.

He is a 25/1 chance in the PGA Tour Championship betting tips and again may interest each-way bettors.

Olympic gold winner Xander Schauffele (33/1) is also on two-under, along with Jason Kokrak (80/1), Kevin Na (150/1) and Brooks Koepka (50/1).

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All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publication



Simon Milham