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Club: East Lake GC
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Date: September 16-22, 2013
PGA Tour Golf Betting Odds: Thirty of the best golfers that the world has to offer will all meet up at The Tour Championship in September, as a winner of the FedEx Cup playoffs will be crowned. The top 30 point scorers from the first three events of the FedEx Cup will meet at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA to determine who will win one of golf's most illustrious prizes.
Even though a golfer is going to win this event, that man might not necessarily be crowned the FedEx Cup winner. The winner of the FedEx Cup will be the one who has racked up the most points in the qualifying tournaments. Still, a $1.35M prize is award to the winner.
This tournament began as the season ending Nabisco Championship in 1987. From the point that Tom Watson became the first winner that year through to 2000, only Americans won this illustrious prize. From that point forward though, internationals have won more often than Americans.
The most recent international to capture glory at The Tour Championship was Camilo Villegas, who went back-to-back with this and the BMW Championship in 2008, only to be edged out in the points chase for the FedEx Cup by Vijay Singh who won here in 2002. South Africa's Retief Goosen (2004) and Australia's Adam Scott (2006) have also won this event from outside of the United States.
East Lake is now the only course that hosts The Tour Championship, but that hasn't always been the case. This will be the seventh straight year that the tournament is here, but other courses like Pinehurst, Pebble Beach, Oak Hills, and the Champions Golf Club have also hosted.
The defending champion of this event is Phil Mickelson, who won it by shooting -9. It was the second highest score since 1998 to win this event. Only nine of the champions in this event have shot worse than -10.
The course record is held by Tiger Woods, who shot a ridiculous -23 257 in 2007. Woods is one a pair of two-time champions of The Tour Championship, with the other being his southpaw rival, Mickelson.
Just as Villegas did in 2008 and Bart Bryant did in 2005, golfers come out of nowhere to win this event. Will you have the right winner of The Tour Championship? Find out with Bookmaker Sportsbook, as we present to you all of the great golf betting odds for one of the PGA Tour's richest prizes.
How to bet on TOUR Championship
The odds of a golfer to win the TOUR Championship will generally look something like:
- Tiger Woods + 150
- Phil Mickelson + 250
- Steve Stricker + 300
- Jeff Overton + 700
- Ernie Els + 700
- Field + 600
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a golfer to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $150 that Tiger Woods will win the TOUR Championship, while the bettor wagering on Jeff Overton stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in PGA golf is head-to-head finish between two players. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the golfer finishes in, as long as the golfer wagered on finishes higher than the other golfer.
A head-to-head betting line for the TOUR Championship will look something like:
- Tiger Woods - 190 Steve Stricker + 150
In this bet, players wagering on Woods to finish higher than Stricker will be asked to risk $19 to win $10, while bettors believing that Stricker will finish higher than Woods will bet $10 to win $15.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to PGA golf wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of PGA golf betting without to much trouble.
2012 TOUR Championship Winner - Snedeker pulls away to win Tour Championship, FedEx Cup
With the biggest round of his career, Brandt Snedeker won something far more valuable than money Sunday.
He proved to himself he could beat the best in the world.
Snedeker knew his best chance to be the FedEx Cup champion was to win the Tour Championship, no simple task with East Lake as tough as ever and Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods going after the same prize.
Snedeker was the only player in the last five groups to break par.
He answered the final challenge with three big birdies on the back nine, building such a big lead that his final tee shot sailed into the grandstands to the left of the 18th green and it didn't even matter. Snedeker still closed with a 2-under 68 for a three-shot win in the Tour Championship, and a $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
But this was never about money.
McIlroy, the best player in golf this year and the No. 1 seed going into the Tour Championship, faded early by dropping four shots in a four-hole span on the front nine. So did Woods, who already was 3 over on his round before making his first birdie on the par-5 ninth.
Snedeker wound up with a three-shot victory over Justin Rose (71) to win the Tour Championship, his second win this year and a trophy that came with $1.44 million. Add the $10 million bonus from the FedEx Cup, and it's the richest payoff in golf.
The 31-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., calls that kind of money "crazy talk ... like winning the lottery." Far greater perspective came from a 30-minute hospital visit Sunday morning with Tucker Anderson, the son of his swing coach who was critically injured in a car accident and is in a responsive coma.
He beat McIlroy out of the FedEx Cup, and everyone else in his way at East Lake. Ryan Moore was tied for the lead with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes, only to make bogey on the last three holes for a 70 to tie for third with Luke Donald (67).
McIlroy had won the last two playoff events and three of his last four tournaments dating to his record eight-shot win at the PGA Championship. He still is virtually a lock to be voted PGA Tour player of the year, but he had to settle for second place—and a $3 million bonus—in the FedEx Cup.
2011 Tour Championship Winner - Haas wins Tour Championship and playoff honors
Ice-cool Bill Haas held his nerve to beat fellow American Hunter Mahan in a thrilling playoff for the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday and claim FedExCup honours with its $10 million bonus.
Haas coolly knocked in a four-foot par putt at the third extra hole, the par-three last, to seal victory with Mahan having bogeyed after hitting his tee shot into a greenside bunker and splashing out 15 feet beyond the cup.
The pair had finished the 72 regulation holes on eight-under-par 272, Haas squandering a three-shot lead with three holes remaining to close with a two-under 68 and joint overnight leader Mahan carding a 71.
British world number one Luke Donald birdied three of the last five holes for a 69 to finish in a tie for third with South Korean K.J. Choi (70) and Australian Aaron Baddeley (72).
The sudden-death playoff, with $11.4 million on line for the winner, began at the tricky 18th where both players ended up settling for pars.
Haas missed the green to the right off the tee and then chipped up to 11 feet before coolly sinking his par putt.
Mahan, who found the right greenside bunker with his tee shot, splashed out to six feet before knocking in his putt for a matching par.
At the second extra hole, the par-four 17th, Haas ended up in the right fairway bunker off the tee and appeared to be literally sunk when he pulled his second shot left of the green into the edge of a water hazard.
Mahan, in perfect position off the tee, struck his approach to 25 feet.
Remarkably, Haas conjured a stunning third shot with his right foot in water, somehow getting his ball to check on the green and end up just three feet from the cup.
Mahan narrowly missed his birdie attempt and Haas tapped in his par putt to keep the playoff alive.
The duo then returned to the par-three 18th where Haas struck his tee shot to 50 feet before Mahan again ended up in the right greenside bunker.
Mahan's bunker shot flew long, leaving him with a 15-footer to save par which he missed to the right.
Haas pushed his long-range approach putt four feet past the cup and, with the biggest check of his career lying in wait, coolly rammed it home to claim his third PGA Tour victory.
THE 2010 TOUR Championship - Results
One clutch shot gave Jim Furyk two big trophies Sunday.
He sat between them Sunday afternoon after his dramatic victory in the rain at East Lake, the crystal trophy for THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola on his left and the sterling silver FedExCup trophy on his right.
Which one meant more?
Furyk reached out his right hand and gently tapped the silver cup, which might be more valuable than the $10 million that comes with it.
Clinging to a one-shot lead, in a bunker so deep he could only see the top of the lip, Furyk hit a clean shot and watched it head for the flag. It landed inches from the cup and spun to a stop 2 feet away for an easy par and a one-shot victory over Luke Donald.
He put his name on a trophy with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh. He finally won THE TOUR Championship, giving him three victories in a season for the first time in his career. He stated a strong case -- three victories and FedExCup champion -- as PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
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