The 2022 PGA Tour season concludes Sunday in Atlanta, where the FedExCup champion will be crowned. The PGA Tour’s winning leader (4) this season, World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, will start Thursday as No. 1 on the FedExCup standings and start the Tour Championship with a -10 thanks to his No. 1 Overall.
This is Scheffler’s third consecutive appearance in this finals tournament, played at East Lake since 1998. The American ranked 5th in 2020 and 22nd in 2021. The Masters holder could be the second player to win at Augusta and FedExCup in the same season since Jordan Spieth in 2015.
Patrick Cantlay could be the first player to win the FedExCup two seasons in a row. World No. 3 successfully defended his crown at last week’s BMW Championship (the first player to successfully defend his title at the FedExCup playoff event) and moved up to second place in the standings towards the start of the Tour Championship.
The Californian will start at -8 at East Lake, two strokes behind Scottie Scheffler. If successful, Cantlay will become the third player to win the FedExCup multiple times, joining Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Five facts in a nutshell
– Hideki Matsuyama has qualified for the Tour Championship in each of the last nine seasons, the longest active streak on the tour. Four more players have appeared in East Lake for six or more years: Justin Thomas (7), Tony Finau (6), Jon Rahm (6) and Xander Schauffele (6).
– Ten players qualified for the Tour Championship for the first time: Sepp Straka, Scott Stallings, Cameron Young, Matt Fitzpatrick, Max Homa, Tom Hoge, KH Lee, JT Poston and Sahith Theegala and Will Zalatoris (convicted).
– Cameron Smith withdrew before the start of the BMW Championship last week and fell from 3rd to 6th in the FedExCup. If successful, world #2 would join Rory McIlroy (2019) to become the second player to win the Players Championship and FedExCup, and the first player to win the Open and FedExCup in the same season.
– Participating in the Tour Championship for the first time since 2019, Adam Scott finished in the 20 top 10 in Playoff events, three points behind Dustin Johnson’s record.
– Will Zalatoris pulled out on Tuesday for a double hernia. Due to the draw, if all 29 players complete 72 holes, Zalatoris will finish 30th in the FedExCup and will receive $500,000 in FedExCup bonus money. The other 29 players’ tees are unaffected.