Golf Betting Preview - FedEx Cup Race Begins For The World’s Top Golfers

Gabe Morency

Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:28 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 8:28 PM UTC

The regular season of the PGA Tour has come to an end and fans are excitedly immersing themselves in the FedEx Cup stage. Golf’s biggest names are now vying for their share of a $35.
<p>The regular season of the PGA Tour has come to an end and fans are excitedly immersing themselves in the FedEx Cup stage. Golf’s biggest names are now vying for their share of a $35 million prize pot, and the champion will net a cool $10 million.</p><p>The top 125 players in the PGA rankings this year have made it through and are competing in the Barclays Cup this week. The top 100 after the Barclays will go through to the Deutsche Bank Championship before it is whittled down to the top 70 for the BMW Championship. After that the top 30 points leaders will face off in the Tour Championship and a 2016 champion will be crowned. Points from the regular season are carried over, so as we go into these big four tournaments, Jason Day is out in front, followed by Dustin Johnson and then Adam Scott. Russell Knox, Jordan Spieth (the 2015 FedEx Cup winner), Brandt Snedecker, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na and Justin Thomas complete the top 10, but there is still plenty of time for all that to change. By the way, this should not be confused with the race to make the US or European Ryder Cup team, which uses a different scoring method.</p><p>Because he is already ahead, and he has enjoyed another strong season, world number one Day is the 7/2 favourite to win the FedEx Cup 2016 and the $10 million prize. Johnson, second in the table, is also second favourite at 5/1. But then it doesn’t entirely go in order of the rankings as third favourite is Henrik Stenson (7/1), who is 14<sup>th</sup> in the table. He is a fair way behind the likes of Scott and Knox, but Stenson is the man in form after he won The Open and took a silver medal from the Olympics. That shows just how much is left to play for. The winner of a playoff event like The Barclays or the Deutsche Bank gets 2,000 points and the runner-up gets 1,200, so while Stenson is 700 points behind Knox and 1,300 behind Day, it illustrates how easily this could change depending on how well they perform in the four playoff tournaments.</p><p>Rory McIlroy is 36<sup>th</sup> in the table and well behind Day, but he is still the joint fourth favourite with Spieth at 10/1 because he McIlroy and Spieth are two of the best golfers in the world and can easily win big in the playoffs. McIlroy has gone back to his old putter after a disastrous run of form recently and could make an impact, but right now that 7/1 on Stenson looks a great bet as he has hit form at just the right time.</p><p>The Barclays is taking place at the hazardous Bethpage Black course, which is seen as one of the toughest in the world to play, but Day has handled it well in the past and is a good bet at 5/1 with Boylesports to win it.</p><p>A good each way option would be Dustin Johnson at 16/1, also with Boylesports, which pays out a quarter of the odds if he finishes in the top five. He has been there or thereabouts in every tournament he has entered in the last few months barring Baltusrol, and he is well rested after opting against travelling to Rio for the Olympics. An alternative option would be <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4835&amp;book=Betvictor">Patrick Reed at 12/1 with Bet Victor</a> and Sky Bet, who has hit form at just the right time. He is a dark horse for the overall FedEx Cup given his form, and he could be a great bet at 25/1.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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