Tour Championship Spoilers
Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson are the overwhelming favorites to win the FedEx Cup, but all 30 players at East Lake this week have plenty to play for: the Tour Championship title, a $1.26 million prize, and a chance to crash the FedEx Cup coronation ceremony. They can't win the $10 million prize, but here are six players who have a chance to steal some of the spotlight with a victory:
Vijay Singh, Fiji
FedEx Cup Points: 99,214
FedEx Cup Standing: Ninth
Best Finish at East Lake: Winner (2002)
Although rumors continue to fly that Singh may be injured, he is still a player to watch. He has 11 top 10s in 13 appearances in the Tour Championship, including a win five years ago at East Lake. Returning to Atlanta could give him renewed confidence.
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Adam Scott, Australia
FedEx Cup Points: 100,227
FedEx Cup Standing: Seventh
Best Finish at East Lake: Winner (2006)
Currently the No. 6 player in the world, Scott is the defending champion this week. No one has ever won back-to-back titles at the Tour Championship, but Scott played well in his fourth-place finish at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill last week.
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Charles Howell III, United States
FedEx Cup Points: 97,631
FedEx Cup Standing: 13th
Best Finish at East Lake: Runner-up (2002)
While Howell finished T24 in his last appearance at the Tour Championship in 2005, he is a two-time runner-up in the event (he was also second in 2003, when the tournament was at Champions Golf Club in Houston). A local favorite from Augusta, Ga., he could break through if he combines length off the tee and touch around the greens like he did at the Nissan Open in February.
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Scott Verplank, United States
FedEx Cup Points: 96,632
FedEx Cup Standing: 19th
Best Finish at East Lake: Third (2005)
Verplank has been Mr. Consistency at the Tour Championship in seven appearances in the event, he's had six top 10s. A native Texan who lives in Oklahoma, Verplank hits a lot of fairways (70%) and holes a lot of putts (1.77 per green in regulation), making him a threat.
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Jim Furyk, United States
FedEx Cup Points: 99,838
FedEx Cup Standing: Eighth
Best Finish at East Lake: Runner-up (2006)
The second most accurate driver on the PGA Tour this season (74%), Furyk ranks fifth on the Tour in greens in regulation and sixth in scoring average (69.45). His consistency and mental toughness allow him to play hard courses very well, so watch out for the 2003 U.S. Open champ.
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Stewart Cink, United States
FedEx Cup Points: 95,513
FedEx Cup Standing: 24th
Best Finish at East Lake: T18
Sure, the former Georgia Tech standout has not sniffed a top 10 at the Tour Championship, but a closing round of 65 last Sunday at Cog Hill could be the start of a hot streak. Cink, a member at East Lake, is also on the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council and has been a defender of the playoff system. Winning this week would be sweet indeed.
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