The 2020 FedEx Cup will reach a mighty climax at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, this weekend when Dustin Johnson will have his shot at winning the Tour Championship and the $15 million payday that could come along with it.
“DJ” enters the final playoff leg as the standings leader and therefore begins the 2020 Tour Championship on minus-10 strokes. Jon Rahm sits closest to his American rival after edging the play-off to win last Sunday’s BMW Championship, starting this weekend’s event on -8:
Jon Rahm (+1000) sinks the 66 foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Dustin Johnson and win the #BMWChampionship— Barstool Bets (@barstoolbets) August 30, 2020
Rahm moves back into No. 1 in the world golf rankings @ForePlayPod pic.twitter.com/CuzMlEzwsY
The nature of the FedEx Cup starting strokes format means it’s difficult to look past Johnson for the victory this weekend. Following his victory at the Northern Trust a fortnight ago and the narrow nature of his defeat last time out—and taking into account his two-stroke buffer—will anyone have what it takes to topple golf’s in-form star?
2020 Tour Championship Info
- Dates: Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7
- Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
- TV Info: Golf Channel
2020 Golf Tour Championship Prediction
Tour Champ 2020 Prediction: Dustin Johnson to win (+180). Outside Bet Pick: Webb Simpson (+1100)
The heartless—and therefore less interesting—answer is: no. Johnson leads the odds at betting odds +180 with PointsBet promo code AMGAMBLER, available to New Jersey customers, although his price increases to +600 when we exclude handicaps.
That being said, all 30 players in attendance this weekend already know they’re trying to cut Johnson’s lead, an advantage that should only help the perennially calm DJ shoot his way around East Lake in robust fashion. Several stars on the PGA Tour have shown glimpses of quality and match-winning performance in recent months, but none have done it quite so consistently or seeming to require as little effort as Johnson.
The 36-year-old is enjoying full fitness and also has the benefit of having played this course 10 times in the past, while +270 second-favorite Rahm has only three previous visits.
One bolter who could emerge is +1100 shot Webb Simpson, who missed last week’s BMW event in favor of rest ahead of the Tour Championship and U.S. Open in close succession. He starts the tournament four strokes behind Johnson but has it in him to cut that handicap after finishing tied for sixth at the Northern Trust.
Tour Championship Odds Favorites 2020
- Dustin Johnson: +180
- Jon Rahm: +270
- Justin Thomas: +550
- Webb Simpson: +1100
- Collin Morikawa: +2000
- Rory McIlroy: +2200
- Bryson DeChambeau: +2200
- Xander Schauffele: +2500
- Daniel Berger: +2800
- Hideki Matsuyama: +3000
- Tony Finau: +5000
- Harris English: +6000
- Patrick Reed: +6600
- Scottie Scheffler: +7000
- Im-Sung Jae: +8000
Odds via Borgata sportsbook.