The field has been pared down to 30. The points have been redistributed. Now, it is time to crown a champion. The PGA Tour heads to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia this week for the final leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. One man will go home $10,000,000 richer when it is all said and done, and this year it will be someone new. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh both failed to crack the top 30, so the FedEx Cup will have a new name etched into it this year. What better name could it be than Matt Kuchar?
Bobby Jones has always been the golf hero in the state of Georgia, but the timing is just right for Matt Kuchar to become the state's newest hero. Though he was born in Florida, Kuchar played his college golf at Georgia Tech and has long been recognized as a Georgia boy. If he were to win the Tour Championship in Atlanta after coming back from total golf obscurity the way he has, he would become an ever bigger icon in Georgia than this man or even this man. Sitting #1 in the re-adjusted points standings, and with Tiger Woods out of the way, all the stars seem to be aligned in Kuchar's favor. Moreover, he will certainly be the local favorite at East Lake.
Other than Kuchar, the favorites to win the Tour Championship are those that control their own destiny. Anyone in the top-five in points going into the Tour Championship can win the FedEx Cup automatically with a win at East Lake. Those men are, besides Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Charley Hoffman, Steve Stricker and Paul Casey. I'd give any one of those guys a great shot to win it all. Here are some dark horses that could upset everyone if they win and the chips fall in their favor:
Zach Johnson- ZJ has posted a round of 10 under at East Lake before, and if he gets hot he could win this tournament, and possibly the Championship. He also knows a thing or two about winning big tournaments in Georgia.
Fat Phil- Phil won this tournament last year, and finished third in 2008. God I hate him. TPLIYP curse, do your thing.
Hunter Mahan- Hunter has been hit or miss at East Lake in his career, but we know what he is capable of.
The Tour Championship is a little tricky because you can win the tournament, and not win the FedEx Cup championship. The top five control their own destiny, and have proven throughout the course of the year that they are consistently good golfers. One of them deserves to win the championship, and none more so than the Donk's boy "Hoochie" Kuchar in my opinion. Let's sit back and watch the thrilling conclusion of a great PGA season. See you in a few weeks Tiger.