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2019 Tour Championship Predictions & Expert Golf Picks

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Tour Championship Fantasy Golf Picks

Tour Championship Fantasy Golf Picks

The Tour Championship is set for Aug. 22-25 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.

Tour Championship Fantasy Golf Predictions

This year's Tour Championship is debuting a new format, one that gives the top players a "head start" heading into the event. As points leader Justin Thomas said, "I can certainly say 1,000 percent I never slept on a Wednesday lead, but I'm definitely excited for that and I'm just going to try to win the golf tournament as if everybody starts at zero."

Here's what the starting leaderboard will look like when the players tee off at East Lake tomorrow (the "secondary leaderboard," featuring the players' actual scores, will not be publicized during the tournament):

10-under:
1. Justin Thomas

8-under:
2. Patrick Cantlay

7-under:
3. Brooks Koepka

6-under:
4. Patrick Reed

5-under:
5. Rory McIlroy

4-under:
6. Jon Rahm
7. Matt Kuchar
8. Xander Schauffele
9. Webb Simpson
10. Abraham Ancer

3-under:
11. Gary Woodland
12. Tony Finau
13. Adam Scott
14. Dustin Johnson
15. Hideki Matsuyama

2-under:
16. Paul Casey
17. Justin Rose
18. Brandt Snedeker
19. Rickie Fowler
20. Kevin Kisner

1-under:
21. Marc Leishman
22. Tommy Fleetwood
23. Corey Conners
24. Sungjae Im
25. Chez Reavie

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Even par: 
26. Bryson DeChambeau
27. Louis Oosthuizen
28. Charles Howell III
29. Lucas Glover
30. Jason Kokrak

With all that in mind, here's what our best 2019 Tour Championship lineup looks like in this week's golf tournament:

Justin Thomas ($15,500)

The most important call this week — really, the only call — is what to do with the top guy. The tweaked format and limited field make Thomas unusually expensive, but given his built-in two-shot lead and his overwhelming show of dominance at Medinah, you can afford to spring for the Maserati this week and then fill out your team with sensible Hyundais. JT put on a clinic in finishing at 25-under at the BMW, shooting a third-round 61 that featured some of the best golf played anywhere on the planet this year. His three previous finishes at the Tour Championship look like this: T7, 2, T6. Throw in the opening two-shot advantage, and it almost becomes a no-brainer. We've been riding this horse for a few weeks now, and we're not about to jump off for the stretch run.      

Tony Finau ($8,800)

Going all-in with Thomas really limits our options and forces us to look for streaky guys who could get hot and climb quickly. Finau is one of those guys. He comes in hot after finishing 4th at the BMW, where he shot four rounds in the 60s. He's not an automatic qualifier for Tiger Woods' U.S. Presidents Cup team and could use a solid week to lock down a captain's pick. We're still waiting for that elusive second win, and a seven-shot deficit out of the gate makes it a long shot this week, but the guy can play. Finished T7 and T15 in his other two trips to East Lake.  

Tommy Fleetwood ($7,700)

Fleetwood's another streaky birdie-hunter who can go low at a moment's notice. Somewhat surprisingly, he's still searching for his first PGA Tour win, and it'll probably have to wait given that he'll be nine shots in arrears on the first tee. Still, he saves his best golf for the best fields — among his six top 10s this year are a T5 at the Players, solo second at the British and T4 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude. Finished T11 here last year in his Tour Championship debut.

Brandt Snedeker ($7,300)

Sneds earned the biggest win of his career at East Lake in 2012 — a Tour Championship win that clinched him a FedExCup. He calls making it to East Lake his "one main goal" for the season, but coming off consecutive top-6 finishes, this is more than a mere ceremonial appearance. Four of his six top 10s on the season have come in his last nine tournaments. It's his first Tour Championship appearance since 2016 (T17).  

Bryson DeChambeau ($5,500)

BDC has scuffled somewhat since his T2 at the 3M in early July, but with the slow-play controversy starting to ebb a bit, he's free to focus on golf again. He hasn't really built on a breakthrough 2018 playoff showing, where he won the first two legs and entered the Tour Championship as the top seed. Since the Masters, he has as many missed cuts (four) as top 25s. Still, he's ninth in the World Golf Ranking and an automatic qualifier for the Presidents Cup team, a couple of pretty strong indicators of a solid year. He's also a proud guy who's taken a couple of arrows of late, and pride could carry him a long way this week.        

Lucas Glover ($5,200)

Consider this our last tip of the cap to a guy who at the start of the season was the longest of long shots to be at East Lake. A year ago at this time, he was headed to the Web.com Tour finals to pick up the pieces of his crumbling career and was better known for his wife's domestic violence rap than for the recent quality of his play. Now, he's playing in the Tour Championship for the first time since 2009. A T7 at the BMW was his seventh top 10 of the season.