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The Reset

8/1 McIlroy chases down FedEx Cup

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: August 25, 2019, 6:04 pm ET

In a new regular column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours. Mo Yoshimoto will take a much deeper delve into what took place this week in The Takeaway.

PGA TOUR

Tour Championship

Final Leaderboard

1. (-18) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 8/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,600)

2. (-14) Xander Schauffele (Odds: 22/1; DraftKings pricing: $9,500)

3. (-13) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 5/1; DraftKings pricing: $12,200)

3. (-13) Justin Thomas (Odds: 2/1; DraftKings pricing: $15,500)

Notes: McIlroy reversed the result in the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational – in fact, he referenced doing exactly that immediately after his fourth round. He also said that he was focused on making the low score of the week, not just winning the FedEx Cup. Schauffele backed up his superb East Lake form (previous 1st and 7th), but Koepka had a poor final day and Thomas seemed a little tired all week.

 

Fate of the favorites

3. (-13) Justin Thomas (Odds: 2/1; DraftKings pricing: $15,500)

21. (+1) Patrick Cantlay (Odds: 4/1; DraftKings pricing: $12,400)

3. (-13) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 5/1; DraftKings pricing: $12,200)

1. (-18) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 8/1; DraftKings pricing: $10,600)

Notes: Like Thomas, but even more so, Cantlay seemed very fatigued.

 

Coming up this week …

The start of a two-week off-season for the PGA Tour.

 

European Tour

Scandinavian Invitational

Final Leaderboard

1. (-19, 261) Erik van Rooyen (Odds: 20/1)

2. (-18, 262) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Odds: 9/1)

3. (-14, 266) Dean Burmester (Odds: 150/1)

3. (-14, 266) Henrik Stenson (Odds: 8/1)

Notes: Where did you sit on the Erik van Rooyen Question? Did you think his two-year consistency made a maiden victory inevitable? Or were you skeptical of a man who had fluffed three decent opportunities? Whichever it was, the important news is that he is now a European Tour winner and an impressive one too. The well-fancied Fitzpatrick and Stenson claimed places and so did a resurgent Dean Burmester.

 

Coming up this week …

European Masters

Location: Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans Montana, Switzerland. 6,848 yards, par 70.

Notes: One of the European Tour’s most revered venues. That said, it ought to be noted that it is the hospitable town and the views which are most popular. The course itself is a little quirky.

Who’s playing? A decent field. Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Lee Westwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bernd Wiesberger, Alex Noren, Eddie Pepperell, Matt Wallace, Thomas Pieters, Rory Sabbatini, Erik van Rooyen.

Last 5 winners of the European Masters (all at Crans)

2018 (-17, 273) Matthew Fitzpatrick – 5th European Tour win

2017 (-14, 276) Matthew Fitzpatrick – 4th European Tour win

2016 (-17, 273) Alex Noren – 6th European Tour win

2015 (-17, 273) Danny Willett – 3rd European Tour win

2014 (-18, 272) David Lipsky – 1st European Tour win