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2022 Tour Championship picks, odds: Knowledgeable predictions, favorites to win FedEx Cup Playoffs from betting area

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The 2021-22 PGA Tour season has been certainly one of runs for a few of the prime golfers within the sport, and it’ll all come to an finish this week on the Tour Championship. The FedEx Cup Playoffs race has been as heated as ever with gamers like Cameron Smith, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau all experiencing torrid stretches all year long. Regardless of the depth of this premier expertise, it ought to come as no shock that world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is the person atop the season-long standings forward of the postseason finale at East Lake.

Commanding the highest spot for many of the season, Scheffler has been in a position to parlay his scorching spring that included 4 victories into the pole place on the Tour Championship. The Masters champion has a chance to accumulate probably the most cash ever for a PGA Tour season however is not going to be with out worthy contenders in Atlanta.

Reigning PGA Tour Participant of the Yr Patrick Cantlay has been terrific in 2022, and his consistency lastly paid dividends on the BMW Championship as he efficiently defended his title for his first solo victory of the 12 months. The 30-year-old turned the primary man to defend a playoff occasion and can now try and turn into the primary to win back-to-back FedEx Cup crowns. He’ll start the Tour Championship two strokes behind Scheffler at 8 below.

Think about former FedEx Cup champions Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, and this 12 months’s Tour Championship is certain to be electrical. In a season that has been stuffed with surprising twists and turns — each on and off the golf course — extra of the identical must be in retailer this week at East Lake with the FedEx Cup and an $18 million grand prize up for grabs.

Let’s check out a full set of predictions and picks from our CBS Sports activities specialists as we try and undertaking who will win and what’s going to occur on the closing occasion of the season. Odds through Caesars Sportsbook.

2022 Tour Championship knowledgeable picks, predictions

Kyle Porter, senior golf author

Winner — Scottie Scheffler (12/5): It is true that, at 10 below, he has a head begin on the sphere on the Tour Championship. It is also true that, in eight rounds performed at this golf course, he is been seventh-best of anybody on this area. It is additionally true that he is coming in off a tasty T3 final week on the BMW Championship. However maybe the rationale I am most satisfied that Scheffler goes to win is as a result of he is owned this complete season. We have seen this occur so many occasions. earlier than — Spieth in 2015, Thomas in 2017 — the place a star caps the 12 months with a win to the touch off all the remainder. That is probably the most intangible of all the explanations Scheffler would possibly win this week, however it may additionally be probably the most compelling.

Sleeper — Viktor Hovland (65-1): I went as deep down the board as I might to search out the participant who I feel might go on probably the most ridiculous heater. Hovland is that man (though you might discuss me into Joaquin Niemann as effectively). He’ll begin at 2 below, eight again of Scheffler, however he performed this course effectively final 12 months (65 on Sunday to complete T4 on the shadow leaderboard). Whereas he would not are available significantly scorching, I am enjoying the Hovland who has been a microwave over the course of his profession and hoping he shoots 66 in Spherical 1 so you will have one thing to hedge in opposition to.

Prime 10 lock — Xander Schauffele: It is unimaginable to go in opposition to Schauffele, who enters at 6 below with the next finishes at East Lake over the past 5 years: 1, T7, 2, T2, T5. I’ve no additional proof to current Choose Beth L. Freeman.

Star who undoubtedly will not win — Jordan Spieth: Not solely does he enter eight again of Scheffler, however it’s simply not there for Spieth proper now prefer it was when he gained RBC Heritage and almost did the identical on the Byron Nelson earlier this season.

Shock prediction — Low Cameron shall be a shock: Smith or Younger? I am going with the latter although the previous — who it appears is headed to LIV Golf every week after the Tour Championship — has put collectively the considerably higher 12 months. Smith will begin a stroke forward of Younger and has overwhelmed him in six of the eight tournaments they’ve performed collectively this 12 months, however he has struggled on this course and could also be waiting for the next week. Additionally, that is why they name it a shock prediction as a result of the No. 2 participant on this planet dropping a matchup to a zero-time PGA Tour winner would, certainly, be a shock.

Lowest spherical: 64 (-6)
Successful rating: -23
Winner’s Sunday rating: 68 (-2)


Patrick McDonald, golf author

Winner — Scottie Scheffler (12/5): The world No. 1 has been the perfect participant in 2022 and may cap off a memorable 12 months in vogue. He begins the Tour Championship with a two-stroke lead, and whereas his historical past at East Lake isn’t intensive, it’s sound. In his debut look in Atlanta two years in the past, his 72-hole whole fell quick solely to Schauffele. Merely put, if the putter cooperates, Scheffler is your FedEx Cup champion.

Sleeper — Billy Horschel (175-1): It’s tough to actually look within the course of any sleeper, however Horschel proved to be as much as the problem final season. He’ll start the week at 1 below and comes into East Lake flying below the radar. The Florida product hasn’t been nice since his spectacular victory on the Memorial, however in his thoughts, he should still have one thing to show to garner a captain’s choice for the U.S. Presidents Cup group — though I feel he’s a lock. East Lake is a very nice match for Horschel’s sport, and his iron play confirmed indicators of life on the BMW Championship.

Prime 10 lock — Jon Rahm: The Spaniard is my choice to card the low 72-hole whole this week — disregarding the staggered begin. Rahm was terrific over the weekend on the BMW Championship as he carded 10 birdies in opposition to zero bogeys to gather yet one more top-10 end within the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He has signed for rounds of 68 or higher in seven of his final eight rounds at East Lake and is extremely harmful as he’s starting to search out his stroke on the greens.

Star who undoubtedly will not win — Justin Thomas: Initially I had written up Will Zalatoris, however as a result of his withdrawal, I’ll as a substitute go together with one other daring collection of Thomas. A winner right here prior to now, Thomas merely isn’t within the midst of the standard that led him to the FedEx Cup in 2017. The PGA Championship winner has not collected a top-10 end because the Canadian Open and has struggled on the greens over the previous month.

Shock prediction — Sepp Straka makes a severe run: I’ve poked enjoyable on the massive Austrian each on-line and behind closed doorways, however make no mistake, he’s succesful on this setting. Straka confirmed loads of gumption in his playoff loss to Zalatoris, and his sport could also be on a trajectory just like this previous spring when he broke by means of on the Honda Traditional. His 4 top-10 finishes in 2022 have come on the PGA Nationwide, TPC Sawgrass, Harbour City Golf Hyperlinks and TPC Southwind — all shorter Bermuda-laced golf programs with three residing within the southeast United States. The previous Georgia star will shock in his return to the Peach State.

Lowest spherical: 64 (-6)
Successful rating: -21
Winner’s Sunday rating: 68 (-2)

Who will win the Tour Championship 2022, and which longshots will stun {the golfing} world? Go to SportsLine to see the projected leaderboard — all from the mannequin that is nailed eight golf majors coming into the weekend — and discover out. 

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