FGR: Tour Championship

It's Tour Championship time which means the wonderfully crazy scoring system that was introduced last year.

Here are the starting positions for this week's season finale, and the price of each player courtesy of DraftKings:

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Our strategy this week is to go top-heavy, but instead of going all-in on DJ and praying he doesn't bomb as he did here last year on his way to a second-last finish, we're taking a pack of three who all have genuinely live chances of winning.

First up is Justin Thomas, who starts just three back of DJ, which is nothing for a player of his caliber.

JT didn't seem exactly enamored by his game last week, as you can see from the following clip (it wasn't even that bad!)...

...but the 27-year-old has been one of the most consistent players of the year and East Lake is a track which is right in his wheelhouse. In four trips, JT has finished no worse than T7, and he is number one in this week's field for ball-striking over the past 50 rounds.

Pair those stats with his number one ranking on Bermuda greens, which we have this week, and then you get the main man to chase down the leaders in Atlanta.

Second-up is a man starting just four back and who is nice and rested coming to town. Webb Simpson has a win since the tour's restart, and his elite iron plan makes him a huge threat here at East Lake. Over his previous 24 rounds, Webb sits fourth in Strokes Gained: Total, and in 2018, Simpson notched a T4 finish at this event.

Beginning just four back and with only three players to overtake, Webb is the perfect man to compliment our JT pick.

Completing our three-pack is an East Lake specialist: Xander Schauffle.

The 26-year-old's record here is outrageously good finishing first, seventh and second on his three starts at this event.

When you combine those numbers with how well the California native is hitting the ball right now - seventh in Strokes Gained: Total over his last 24 rounds - you get an exciting play that is going to score you lots of points.

Ok, now for the bad news. When you stack your team with three elite players all in with a shot of winning, you have to offset that with some wildcards, and here's our three, beginning with Joaquin Niemann.

The Chilean almost won last week, and his ball-striking is peaking at just the right time. In fact, nobody in last week's field was better than Niemann tee-to-green, and guess what? He actually gained strokes putting!!!

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The young gun starts at -2 and is very undervalued at just $6,300.

From the players beginning at level par, Billy Horschel is the man that stands out. For one, on his only appearance here in recent times Billy finished runner-up, and for two, he needed Corey Conners to three-putt from five feet to even qualify this week, and look what happened...

I'm using the fate card here, and Horschel on a course where he is comfortable and where he pretty much has a free ride can freewheel his way to birdies, and if he gets that putter hot, then he could be the value play of the week.

Last and certainly least is Kevin Na. Do I like Na? Yes. Do I like him at East Lake? No. But needs must.

The American's record at East Lake is poor, not having cracked the top-15 in his last three visits. But we have to take a shot in this position, and there are reasons for optimism.

Over his previous 36 rounds, Na is 11th in this field for Strokes Gained: Approaching the Green, and even more encouraging is his play on Bermuda greens where he ranks seventh in this department over his last 12 rounds.

One and Done Pick:

Justin Thomas

Alternative Pick:

Webb Simpson

GolfHound's Draftkings lineup:

Justin Thomas $11.9k

Webb Simpson $11k

Xander Schauffele $8.9k

Joaquin Niemann $6.3k

Billy Horschel $5.7k

Kevin Na $5.5k

Total Team Value: $49.3 million

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