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David Thompson 20th Sep 2011 - 16:20

$10 Million up for grabs at the Tour Championship finale!

Tour Championship by Coca Cola

Starts Thursday 16:00 - live on Sky Sports 1

As golf goes, this weekend is just about as big as it gets for the players as they enter the Tour Championship sponsored by Coca Cola. The PGA Tour's  top 30 golfers in the FedExCup standings go to East Lake Golf Club all in with a chance (however slim) of scooping the largest purse in the game of $10 million.

The above statement is true nonetheless those in the bottom half of the standings would have to win the tournament and have the permutations of their competitors finishing positions just right to stand a chance for winning the FedExCup. However if one of the top five in the standings which include (in order); Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Matt Kuchar win the event this weekend they will, no matter anyone else's result, be the fifth champion of the FedExCup. Therefore if Justin Rose or Luke Donald win at East Lake an Englishman will be taking the $10 million dollar cheque on America's Tour.

So what is the likelihood and what are the odds on that happening:

Luke Donald: 6/1

The man's consistency this year continues to astound when he achieved his 12th top ten finish of the season at Cog Hill and with his main rivals in Westwood and Kaymer beginning to tail off he is comfortably holding onto his number one status in world golf. Critics will say that he has only one tour win this year but on the biggest stage of all it is easy to see why William Hill have instated him as the big favourite and one to beat at the Coca Cola Tour Championship. He finished runner-up to Jim Furyk on this course last year and witnessed him take the spoils and should be hungry for it not to go down to a complicated points decision.

Justin Rose: 20/1

Remarkably Rose became the first ever European to win a playoff tour event with his win last week at Cog Hill in the BMW Championship. That win boosted him 31 places in the points standings into third and so he will be going into the event with a can do attitude. 20/1 on a player who finally mastered his putting stroke with the help of coach Sean Foley is a must as he is undoubted hitting a purple patch with his game.

Ones to watch:

The Aussie duo of Jason Day 16/1 and Adam Scott 16/1 have proven at the majors that they flourish on the big stage. Day lays 10th and Scott 19th in the standings, but they will take inspiration from Furyk's win in 2010 when he entered the week as the 11th place player in the standing but secured the $10 million dollar prize with a sensational 9-under-par victory.

As for the Americans there is a long list of contenders who are guaranteed to turn up and not shrink under the grandeur of the event. The likes of FedExCup leader Webb Simpson 10/1, long hitter Dustin Johnson 20/1 and major master Phil Mickelson 25/1 will all be fighting on home turf to deny the likes of Donald from grabbing the prize.

If you asked me I would tell you that I am very excited to see the table change and unfold over the course of the season. It will have a similar feel to the last day of the football season when those in the mix for relegation are battling to survive only with the added excitement of the par 3 235yard 18th hole where it could all be decided. Get ready for the commentators to be frantically tapping calculators to try and work out who the huge sum of money goes to. The only thing to make it even better would be to have some money riding on who you would like it to be.



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