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The Field is Set for the 2023 FedEx Cup Championship

After a thrilling weekend in Chicago, the field is set for the 2023 FedEx Cup Championship. Viktor Hovland overtook both Scottie Scheffler and Matthew Fitzpatrick by scoring a 61 on Sunday to win the event at Olympia Fields. That moved the PGA Tour to the final event of the season.

East Lake Golf Club will be the host of the event for the Top 30 golfers in the world. Rory Mcllroy is the defending champion. He has three titles, as he also won in 2016 and 2019.

Mcllroy ended last season -21 and won by a single point. He was sixth in the regular season before making a move late in the playoffs. There is no other player on the course this weekend that has won multiple titles.

Patrick Cantlay won the event in 2021, Xander Schauffele in 2017, and Jordan Spieth in 2015. East Lake Golf Club is just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. It has been the home of the Tour Championship since 2004.

Tough Break for Kirk

Chris Kirk was the lone golfer to start in the Top 30 and end outside of the Top 30. Kirk dropped three spots from 29th to 32nd and will not participate this weekend at East Lake. Matthew Fitzpatrick took his place in the Top 30 with his big weekend at the BMW Championship. He moved from 40th to 10th; Sahith Theegala, with a bogey on the 18th hole, remained at 31st.

Chris Kirk comes in behind Theegala at 32, with Denny McCarthy at 33rd, followed by Justin Rose and Andrew Putnam. After that, Kurt Kitayama, Adam Svensson, Harris English, J.T. Poston, and Lee Hodges also missed the event and rounded out the Top 40. The last five guys in the Tour Championship are Sam Burns, Emiliano Grillo, Tyrell Hatton, Jordan Spieth, and Sepp Straka.

Spieth started the weekend 27th and finished at the 29th spot. Straka just got in after starting 24th and moving to 30th. But was 30th before this weekend, and he moved into the 26th spot. Sungjae Im made a big move from 28th to 17th.

Weekend Standings

The FedEx Cup Championship gives those that are ahead of the standings an advantage heading into the weekend at East Lake. It’s a reward for their season-long play.

The top seed, Scottie Scheffler, will start atop the leaderboard at -10. Viktor Hovland, after his big weekend in Chicago, moved to 2nd and will start -8. Rory Mcllroy comes in third and will be at -7, while Jon Rahm dropped to fourth. Rahm will start at -6. Lucas Glover, with his red-hot month, will start fifth and be -5 to start the round.

Rounding out the Top Ten and starting at -4 for the event will be Max Homa, Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark, and Matt Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick tied with Scheffler for second place over the weekend.

Golfers 11th through 15th start the event -3, while 16th through 20 are -2. Guys that are 21st – 25th will start at -1, and 26th through 30th will start the event even.

The total Prize Pool of the Tour Championship is $75M. The winner of the event will win $18M. Second place comes away with $6.5M, while third through fifth come away with $5M, $4M, and $3M, respectively. Sixth through ten places also finished with $1M or more as well. The rest of the $75M is given out to those 11th through 30th, with 30th place receiving $500K.

The event will start Thursday mid-morning, with tee times announced later in the week.

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