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14/1 Thomas wins BMW; No. 1 for East Lake

Dave Tindall

In a new regular column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours. Mo Yoshimoto will take a much deeper delve into what took place this week in The Takeaway.

PGA TOUR

BMW Championship

Final Leaderboard

1. (-16, 268) Justin Thomas (Odds: 14/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,000)
2. (-15, 269) Patrick Cantlay (Odds: 22/1; DraftKings pricing: $9,800)
3. (-14, 270) Hideki Matsuyama (Odds: 45/1; DraftKings pricing: $8,200)
4. (-14, 270) Tony Finau (Odds: 35/1; DraftKings pricing: $8,500)

Notes: A 61 on Moving Day made the difference for JT and secures him No. 1 seeding for next week. Runner-up Cantlay moves to No. 2 while Koepka drops from 1st to 3rd.

Fate of the favorites

19. (-11, 277) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 15/2; DraftKings pricing: $11,500)
24. (-10, 278) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 8/1; DraftKings pricing: $11,800)
5. (-16, 272) Jon Rahm (Odds: 10/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,900)
57. (-3, 285) Dustin Johnson (Odds: 14/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,700)

Notes: More good work from Rahm, McIlroy faded while Koepka and, especially, DJ just weren't on it all week.

 

Coming up this week…

TOUR Championship

Location: East Lake, Georgia. 7,385 yards, par 70.

Notes: This is it. The climax. Another season over. Wow, that went fast. But, this time, a new format. The winner will automatically be crowned the FedEx Cup champion too. Rather than a points reset, the No. 1 seed in the standings (Justin Thomas) will start the TOUR Championship at -10. No. 2 seed (Patrick Cantlay) starts at -8, No. 3 seed (Brooks Koepka) at -7 and so on with the 26-30 seeds starting at even par. Good luck to them in trying to catch the leaders. The champion at the end of the week will bank a cool $15m.

Who’s playing? The Top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings. This is the top 10 in order: Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer.

Who isn't? Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Shane Lowry, Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson.

Last 5 winners of the Tour Championship

2018 (-11, 269) Tiger Woods – 80th PGA TOUR win
2017 (-12, 268) Xander Schauffele – 2nd PGA TOUR win
2016 (-12, 268) Rory McIlroy – 13th PGA TOUR win
2015 (-9, 271) Jordan Spieth – 6th PGA TOUR win
2014 (-11, 269) Billy Horschel – 3rd PGA TOUR win

Notes: No Tiger this year, unfortunately, while Spieth and Horschel miss out too.

 

European Tour

D+D Real Czech Masters

Final Leaderboard

1. (-19, 269) Thomas Pieters (Odds: 16/1)
2. (-18, 270) Adri Arnaus (Odds: 40/1)
3. (-16, 272) Sam Horsfield (Odds: 110/1)
4. (-16, 272) Andrea Pavan (Odds: 20/1)

Notes: A good week for #teamcourseform. Pieters had a win and a second at the course while Pavan was the defending champion. That said, Arnaus and Horsfield were first-timers at Albatross Golf Club. Is this the turning point for Pieters in a career that had stalled?

 

Coming up this week…

Scandinavian Invitation

Location: Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden. 6,865 yards, par 70.

Notes: A change in name (this was previously the Nordea Masters) but the golf course is the same one used last year. Lots of stunning views, trees and water hazards.

Who’s playing? Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Erik van Rooyen, Joost Luiten, Andrea Pavan, Thomas Detry, Julian Suri, Tom Lewis, Andy Sullivan, Jordan Smith, Robert MacIntyre

Last 5 winners of the Scandinavian Invitation

2018 (-14, 266) Paul Waring (Hills Golf & Sports Club) – 1st European Tour win
2017 (-11, 281) Renato Paratore (Barseback) – 1st European Tour win
2016 (-16, 272) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Bro Hof Slott) – 2nd European Tour win
2015 (-12, 276) Alex Noren (PGA Sweden National) – 4th European Tour win
2014 (-16, 272) Thongchai Jaidee (PGA Sweden National) – 6th European Tour win