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TOUR Championship - Round-1
COURSE: East Lake Golf Club - (Atlanta, Georgia)
ARCHITECT: Tom Bendelow
YARDS/PAR: 7,346 yards/Par 70
PRIZE Money/FedEx Champ/First Place Winnings: $60,000,000/$15,000,000
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Dustin Johnson
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST FedEx Cup CHAMPIONS: (link)
SOCIAL MEDIA: #PGATour #FedExCup @Playofffinale
OFFICIAL SITE: (TOUR Championship)
TV COVERAGE: Today, September 2 and Friday, September 3: Coverage from 1:00pm to 6:00pm (EDT) on Golf Channel.
On Saturday, September 4, Round 3 coverage 1:00pm to 2:30pm (EDT) on Golf Channel. NBC Sports takes over from 2:30pm to 7:00pm (EDT). On Sunday, September 5: Golf Channel opens final round coverage 12:00pm to 1:30pm (EDT) and NBC wraps it up from 1:30pm to 6:00pm (EDT).
PGA TOUR LIVE STREAMING: Streaming coverage today and Friday, from 11:00am to 6:00pm (EDT) on PGA Tour Live.
On Saturday, PGA Live coverage runs from 12:00pm Noon to 7:00pm (EDT) and Sunday, PGA Tour Live will stream 11:00am to 6:00pm or conclusion (EDT).
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: SiriusXM Radio will have live radio coverage of the TOUR Championship with today’s and Friday’s broadcasts from 12:00pm to 6:00pm (EDT). Weekend coverage on Sirius XM Radio begins Saturday from 2:00pm to 7:00pm (EDT) and Sunday’s finale from 1:00pm to 6:00pm (EDT) or conclusion. PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92).
How to Watch: In case of changes, visit: (PGATourCom)
TOUR Championship/Final of the FedExCup
ATLANTA - PGA Tour FedEx Cup points leader Patrick Cantlay will begin the TOUR Championship with a two-shot lead at 10 under while second-seeded Tony Finau beginning at 8 under. Bryson DeChambeau begins three shots back while Jon Rahm four shots behind and Cameron Smith will be five shots behind Cantlay.
The FedExCup Starting Strokes system was implemented at the 2019 TOUR Championship. That year, then-No. 1 seed Justin Thomas went on to finish T-3 while Rory McIlroy, who began the tournament in fifth place at 5-under came from behind to win. Dustin Johnson entered as the No. 1 seed in 2020 before going on to defeat Thomas and Xander Schauffele by three strokes, becoming just the second No. 1 seed entering TOUR Championship to win the FedExCup.
There were 14 playoffs on the PGA TOUR this season, including three that went to six holes or more and one that featured six players. Over the previous eight seasons, there were two total playoffs that required six holes or more. There were sudden death playoffs in four consecutive weeks, the longest streak since the 2017-18 season.
With the field of just 30 players, TOUR Championship Tee Times today run from 11:40am to 2:00pm (EDT) with players playing in pairs.
Weather: Today’s forecast is for sunny skies and a comfortable 75-degrees. Humidity will be 65% with only a 10% chance of rain (link)
PGATourBrunch will post at 10:00am (EDT) on Friday.
Last Week: The BMW Championship (link)
TOUR Championship - Field and Tee Times:
The Field - (link)
Tee Times: (link)
What They’re Saying:
Cantlay critical of FedEx Cup System (ESPN)
Reed to Give Best Shot (ESPN)
How to Watch This Week (PGATourCom)
FedExCup Standings (PGATourCom)
#SportsBiz, Sports Gambling and Golf Industry News
Expert Picks for the TOUR Championship - (PGATourCom)
Sleeper Picks for the TOUR Championship - (PGATourCom)
FedEx Cup Bonus Money - (PGATourCom)
Titleist Released Special TOUR golf ball (Golf Week/USA Today)
Mickelson, Couples Named USA Ryder Cup Vice Captains (Golf Week/USA Today)
On This Day in Golf History:
September 2, 1940 - Byron Nelson won his first PGA Championship, defeating Sam Snead by a score of 1-up in the 36-hole final match at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, PA. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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