Expert Picks for THE TOUR Championship
Chez Reavie [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #118
One of the hottest players down the stretch, Reavie has three top-10s -- including a near-win at the Deutsche Bank Championship -- in his last four starts. Going to his last 10 events, Reavie has registered two top-fives, four top-10s and seven finishes inside the top 20. Currently eighth in the standings, Reavie is also sixth in total driving and 22nd in All-Around Ranking.
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #45
With four straight top-25 finishes, Woodland is playing well enough to trust, despite never starting at East Lake. He ranks 12th in scoring average, 14th in greens in regulation percentage, 15th in birdie average, and 19th in total driving. Woodland won earlier this season and sits 11th in the FedExCup standings.
K.J. Choi [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #189
Coming off a T10 at the BMW Championship, Choi broke a spell of five straight events without a top-30 finish. With a T7 last year at East Lake and a ninth-place finish in 2008, the South Korean could be a sneaky good start. Despite sitting 20th in scoring average, Choi only registers 60th in All-Around Ranking.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class C]
Hot and cold. That’s been the story of Mahan’s season. In 24 events, Mahan has made 21 cuts, but owns eight top-10s -- just one coming over his last 11 events. Despite the recent slide in performance, Mahan ranks sixth in birdie average and fifth in All-Around Ranking.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13
After missing the cut to start the playoffs, Watson rebounded with a T16 only to finish T53 at the BMW Championship. He finished dead last at East Lake back in 2008 and T17 last year. The erratic Watson ranks second in both driving distance and eagles (holes per). He’s also sixth in greens in regulation percentage and 15th in birdie average.
Geoff Ogilvy [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #197
Since 2006, Ogilvy has finished inside the top 20 in all four career starts at East Lake. His third-place result from the BMW Championship marks his best performance since scoring a share of second at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am back in February. Ogilvy ranks 21st in birdie average, 23rd in strokes gained – putting, and 25th in scoring average.
John Senden [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #163
In his only start at East Lake, Senden finished T10 in 2009. For much of the season, he’s been plugging away with 13 top-25 finish in 24 events, making 18 cuts. Senden ranks first in greens in regulation percentage and eighth in total driving. His second-place finish at the BMW Championship matches a career-best.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class C]
After beginning the playoffs with a T24 and a seventh-place result, Van Pelt finished a disappointing T56 at the BMW Championship. That nearly kept BVP out of this week’s field, but he has the skills to end the season on a high note -- ranking ninth in total driving and 12th in All-Around Ranking.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #43
Among the best players early in the season, Haas has slid all the way to 25th in the standings. He’s never played at East Lake, but has finished inside the top 25 in four of his last seven events. Haas ranks ninth in greens in regulation percentage and 13th in total driving.
Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #65
While Howell hasn’t competed at East Lake since 2007, he ranks eighth in scoring average this season. After recording three consecutive top-fives during the summer, Howell has only recorded one such result in his last seven starts with a pair of top-20s along the way.
Y.E. Yang [Yahoo Class C]
With a sixth-place result at The Barclays and a T12 at the BMW Championship, Yang has been playing well in the postseason. He finished 18th in this event in 2009 and currently ranks 23rd in scoring average.
Vijay Singh [Yahoo Class C]
Since 1998, Singh has one win, four top-fives and seven top-10s in eight starts at East Lake. However, he hasn’t competed here since 2008. In addition, after two consecutive top-fives earlier this season, Singh missed the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship and finished near the bottom at the BMW Championship.
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