However, the chasing pack includes Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy, who are worthy picks at the sportsbook.
Rahm Eyes Top Spot
Rahm heads into the TOUR Championship with a good lead and wants to secure that spot.
It’s a big advantage to have, but he needs to play well in the St. Jude and BMW Championship to hold off Scheffler, who is only 174 points behind.
FedEx Cup playoff predictions expect Rahm to be leading, but given the consistency of Scheffler, who owns 15 top-10 finishes, he could lose the two-shot lead.
“You’re seeing now, let’s say, the fruits of all the labor I’ve put in. I felt like I was swinging really well last year; the results were just not happening. And they’re coming in a bunch right now,” Rahm said.
Having four wins and 10 top-10 finishes from 17 events is quite remarkable. He hasn’t played as much recently, mostly just majors, but he’s fit and ready to make a run at the big money on the PGA Tour.
Sport betting markets always have Scheffler fancied to win, largely because of his consistency.
He still hasn’t won a professional tournament outside of February, March and April, but with 15 top-10 results from 20 events, he’s the most consistent on the PGA Tour.
The American is currently second in the FedEx Cup standings and just 174 points behind Rahm. Finishing ahead of Rahm at the St. Jude Championship would be enough to take the top spot into the BMW Championship.
However, to win the season-ending tournament, he needs to putt much better than he has been.
“I think I had back-to-back tournaments that I could have won where I putted poorly, and all of a sudden it became this thing where, like, I’ll watch highlights of my round, and even the announcers, any time you step over the putt it’s like, well, this is the part of the game he struggles with … It’s one of those deals where I don’t pay attention to it,” Scheffler said.
It’s a matter of time before Scheffler’s putting clicks, and when it does, it could pay to invest in his odds with online gambling markets.
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McIlroy: Best of the Rest
There is a further 900 points back to McIlroy, who has played just 15 events on the PGA Tour.
The former world number one hasn’t been playing his best recently, but he knows what it takes to win the FedEx Cup.
Having that experience puts him ahead of many rival golfers, so the Northern Irishman shouldn’t be overlooked in the final three tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule.
He only needs to play well at the TOUR Championship to win the overall title, and he’s good enough to chase down Rahm and Scheffler from a few strokes back.
There has been a lot of pressure on him to perform. He was the unofficial spokesperson for the PGA Tour vs LIV Golf, and although he brought much of that on himself, the pressure didn’t help him on the course.