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Fantasy Golf Picks for TOUR Championship and FexExCup Final

David Kaestle
BMW Championship - Round Two
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This week, the PGA Tour heads to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., for the TOUR Championship, the final tournament of the season, which will decide the winner of the FedExCup and the $15 million first prize.

The FedExCup Playoffs are operating under a new format this season that allows the TOUR Championship leaderboard to represent the FedExCup Standings heading into and throughout the tournament. Each player, depending on their place in the FedExCup standings will start at a different position in relation to par, which the PGA Tour is calling "Starting Strokes."

Justin Thomas, who is the current leader, will start at 10-under par. Patrick Cantlay (No. 2) will start at 8-under par followed by Brooks Koepka (No. 3) at 7-under par, Patrick Reed (No. 4) at 6-under par, Rory McIlroy (No. 5) at 5-under par and so on. Beyond those first five, there are then groups on five at the remaining stroke levels (from 4-under par to even) to round out the field of 30 players.

While the new format is certainly something to take note of, it won't have as profound an effect on fantasy golf. With all that in mind, let's take a look at some golfers to consider in fantasy this week at the TOUR Championship.

Justin Thomas
JT comes in as the No. 1 golfer in the standings, and for good reason. Yes, he will start the tournament with a two-stroke lead and that gives him that much more of a chance to win, but he's also been playing fantastic golf leading up to the tournament. While his first win this season didn't come until this past week at the BMW Championship, Thomas does have six top-10 finishes in a year that was seemingly derailed by injury through a good chunk of the summer. If Thomas can stay hot and win back-to-back tournaments to close out the season, then he will also be the only other golfer outside of Tiger Woods to win multiple FedExCup titles.

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka famously stated at the Open Championship that he only practices before majors and not "regular tournaments." This might not be a major, but there's more money on the line in this tournament than he would receive for winning all four majors combined. Koepka will start in third place – three strokes back of the lead – a position he has had success in before, especially in what he deems important tournaments. Being one of the handful of players with a real shot at winning, expect Koepka to come out and have a monster week. And maybe he'll even get a little practice in before his rounds.

Xander Schauffele
Xander Schauffele has had a quietly solid year. He has five top-5 finishes, which includes two wins and a T-2 at the Masters. Additionally, he has played really well at East Lake the past two years, winning in 2017 and placing T-7 in 2018 under more traditional tournament formats. It's clearly a course he's comfortable on. Schauffele comes in at No. 8 in the standings (six strokes off the lead), so he should be motivated to play well. Look for him to have a strong few rounds on a course that he's performed at a high level on whenever he's played there.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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