2017 Tour Championship by Coca-Cola Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Happy Tour Championship week ladies and gents, which sadly means that it’s the final event of the season and we’ll be free from PGA Tour golf for…a whopping 10 minutes 2 weeks.  And oh yeah, a little biennial competition called the Presidents Cup falls smack dab in the middle of that “offseason” stretch as well.

The Tour Championship returns yet again to East Lake GC, which is historic, venerable and frankly a little boring.  With no attempted stabs towards the Ponte Vedra suits, I for one would like to see this event rotate around the country like it used to, similar to how the fellow FedEx Cup Playoff events the Barclays and the BMW Championship do.  Even if it’s only a 3 or 4 course rota, it’d just add a little more intrigue to mix in a little variety every other year or so.  Just my two cents.

My picks last week at the BMW Championship were a bit of a mixed bag, as Lockzilla Rickie Fowler was on point all week, ultimately finishing t-2nd, Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week Charl Schwartzel rebounded nicely from a 2nd round 73 with weekend rounds of 66-67 to ultimately finish t-27th and my BUST pick on Ian Poulter predictably finished well out of the mix at t-40th.  But, my Semi-Flier on Patrick Reed was a complete no-show finishing near DFL.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Rickie t-2nd)

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
– All too easy.  While the masses will pile onto Spieth and Rickie this week (both pretty fine picks as well, for a 3rd, 4th or 5th place finish anyway), last weekend at the BMW Championship en route to rounds of 69-64, DJ found the wedge game and putting stroke that made him OWGR #1 and got him 4 PGA Tour titles this season.  Add in that his worst finish here since 2012 is t-10th, and he clearly feels comfortable on this joint (pun definitely intended).  When he wins the Tour Championship this week for his 5th title of the season, along with the FedEx Cup and 10 million big ones, let the debate begin as to who is the Player of the Year on the PGA Tour (for my money DJ would still be third, behind JT and Spieth).

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Reed 65th)

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
– All this guy does is hit fairways, make putts and cash checks (oh, and crack jokes too).  The Georgia native is making his eighth appearance at East Lake, having notched two top 10s along the way.  He’s been trending upwards in form of late too, posting three top 10s in his last four events, most recently with a t-5th last week at the BMW Championship in Chicago.  The OWGR top 5 non-withstanding, Kuchar is as safe and sound a bet as they come this week for a top 10 finish.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Poulter t-40th)

Brian Harman
Brian Harman
– A mighty fine year for the bite-sized, 30-year-old lefty, but don’t let his season-long success fool you, he’s an easy fade this week in his tournament debut.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Charl t-27th)

Pat Perez
Pat Perez
– Pat Perez made it to East Lake!  At age 41, amazingly this will be his first appearance at the Tour Championship, and I expect him to make the most of it.  Playing the most consistently solid golf of his life, he has notched a mighty impressive 13 top 25s in 25 events this season, going t-6th and t-12th the past two FedEx Cup Playoff events.  His driving accuracy as a whole is a bit concerning, but the way he’s been driving it of late I expect for him to overcome these narrow corridors and roll his rock right into a top 10 finish.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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