This year’s TOUR Championship will take place Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Last year, Rory McIlroy chased down Scottie Scheffler’s lead entering the tournament. He posted the lowest four-day score and won the 2022 TOUR Championship outright.
The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup season-long standings will qualify for the TOUR Championship. It remains to be seen if McIlroy will qualify for his title defense. Below we will provide a betting guide for the 2023 contest, which will include TOUR Championship odds as soon as top sportsbooks post them.
TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
TOUR Championship odds will be posted by top sportsbooks soon. Check back on Monday, August 21 to see the 2023 TOUR Championship betting odds.
The field for the 2023 TOUR Championship will be officially announced on Friday, August 18. Until then, here are the odds for John Haslbauer’s projected favorites a month out from the event.
- Rory McIlroy +200
- Jon Rahm +500
- Scottie Scheffler +600
- Patrick Cantlay +800
- Justin Thomas +900
East Lake Golf Club
East Lake Golf Club has been chosen as the finish line for the FedEx Cup since the inception of the playoff system. It is a very sound backdrop to determine the TOUR’s champion. Since 2019, the format has been adjusted to reward head-start strokes based on the field’s final ranking in the FedEx Cup standings. It was done in an effort to crown the most deserving player throughout the full season as the TOUR Champion. This has created challenges in finding value on outright bets at the TOUR Championship.
However, sportsbooks will offer “shadow leaderboard” odds which track the best four-day score. In this market, players who rank above average in driving accuracy and can catch a hot putter on Bermuda greens have risen to the top.
Regarding course history, Xander Schauffele, Ryan Moore, Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, and Rory McIlroy highlight the players who have repeatedly played well here, suggesting a strong correlation between driving accuracy and success at East Lake.
EAST LAKE GOLF CLUB COURSE SPECS
- Yards: 7,319
- Par: 70 (4x 3s / 12x 4s / 2x 5s)
- Grass: Bermuda Greens, Zoysia Fairways, Bermuda Rough
- Architect: Donald Ross (Rees Jones renovation in 1994)
- Comp Courses: Quail Hollow, TPC Southwind, Sedgefield CC, Detroit GC, PGA National, Sheshan International GC
- Past TOUR Championship Winners: Patrick Cantlay (’21), Dustin Johnson (’20), Rory McIlroy (’19), Tiger Woods (’18), Xander Schauffele (’17)
- Past TOUR Championship Winners (Shadow Leaderboard): Kevin Na & Jon Rahm -14 (’21), Xander Schauffele -15 (’20), Rory McIlroy -13 (’19), Tiger Woods -11 (’18), Xander Schauffele -12 (’17)
- Hole-by-hole Breakdown:
TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP PAST WINNERS
In terms of betting trends for the TOUR Championship, the outright odds do not tell the full story since switching to the adjusted stroke format in 2019. It is best to forego the outright market when considering TOUR Championship bets. Instead, look to the Shadow Leaderboard market, which sportsbooks offer.
The table below tracks consensus pre-tournament outright odds for the last ten TOUR Championship winners, noting that the below odds are not reflective of the shadow leaderboard.
How To Bet The Tour Championship
As mentioned above, the TOUR Championship betting menu will include “shadow leaderboard” odds tracking for the best four-day score. Remember, there will be a smaller field compared to other PGA events. The pre-tournament odds of the last four Tour Championship winners have been +900 or shorter. Plus, the 30-man field means sportsbooks have a much smaller outright winner menu.
Bettors will notice sportsbooks offer an expanded betting menu once Tour Championship week arrives. If you don’t like the outright winner odds, prop betting is an alternative approach to different options during each round.