Dustin Johnson is in pole position to convert his FedEx Cup lead into a $15 million payday at the 2020 Tour Championship this weekend, with the top 30 players in the standings set to tee off Thursday.
The starting strokes format in place means Johnson begins the Tour Championship at 10 strokes under. Jon Rahm—second in the standings—enters at -8 while Justin Thomas in third begins at seven under and so forth, with a lower seeding spot equating to fewer shots on the handicap.
“DJ” is any bookmakers’ favorite ahead of the event, and William Hill NJ have the frontrunner listed at +180 for New Jersey customers given his advantage. Bettors can back Johnson at +600 without accounting for his handicap, and even those odds look tempting after he forced a play-off against Jon Rahm in last Sunday’s BMW Championship climax, which was just won by the latter:
2020 Tour Championship Info
- Dates: Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7
- Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
- TV Info: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: Golf Channel
2020 Tour Championship Betting Preview
PGA Prediction: Dustin Johnson to win (+180). Golf Outside Bet Pick: Webb Simpson (+1100).
PointsBet is also offering a host of prop selections that could prove valuable, such as the +500 odds available for there to be a play-off at East Lake Golf Club come Monday. The starting strokes system means most players enter the tournament knowing they need to make up yards, which may lead to some tight results when it comes to the final sprint for the $15 million prize.
Johnson’s two-shot cushion puts him in a rare position of comfort heading to Atlanta, Georgia, and there’s a good chance the world No. 1 will assemble an even greater lead approaching the home stretch given the form he’s enjoyed of late. PointsBet NJ offers +1200 odds that the winner will bogey the 72nd and final hole, a firm possibility if DJ fluffs his last attempt but still has the room to take the crown.
It looks likely the winner will hail from the United States considering the field is dominated by American talent, but the Top European market could yield dividends for any willing to go against Rahm. England’s Tyrrell Hatton—who starts on -2, one behind Rory McIlroy—has the capacity to impress on his day and could surprise as the highest-finishing European at +1600, though that would require a considerable collapse on Rahm’s part.
Similarly, Colombian Sebastian Munoz could stage a surprise as the Top ‘Rest of World’ player from his +800 listing. He’ll begin proceedings at three under and hopes to build on his share of eighth at the BMW Championship, with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and South Korean Im Sung-jae—who each start with -4—his main rivals in that market.
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