The Caddie Line: 2018 Tour Championship

Tiger Woods
Is it Tiger’s time to win? Two of our caddies think so. Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

This is it, folks.

The PGA Tour’s Playoffs finale – the Tour Championship at East Lake – is here.

The top-30 players remaining in the FedEx Cup standings are in Atlanta this week for the final event of the 2017-18 PGA Tour season with their eyes on the beautiful FedEx Cup Trophy and a $10 million bonus.

Bryson DeChambeau, winner of two playoffs events, is in the driver’s seat with the No. 1 ranking, but plenty of players have a chance to claim the grand prize.

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Which players should you be keeping an eye on at East Lake?

We asked three caddies who are on the ground there to pick there three favorites.

To protect their identity, the three caddies made their respective picks anonymously.

Here’s a look at who they like…

Caddie 1

  1. Webb Simpson, “Webb, 11th in points, is top 10 in putting, first I’m scrambling and top-30 in approaches. And he’s got a good track record here as well.”
  2. Bubba Watson, “Bubba starts the week eighth in points. He has shot 14 under in his last three rounds at the BMW. Shot-shape is an advantage at East Lake and who’s better at that than Bubba? He also leads the Tour in GIR, so he’s going to have lots of birdie putts.”
  3. Tiger Woods, “Tiger, 20th in points, drove it great at BMW and his irons are sharp. It’ll depend on the putter and would be a historic win!”

Caddie 2

  1. Justin Thomas, “Justin, fifth right now, was the Tour Championship runner-up last year, but still won the overall FedEx Cup. He has a chance to repeat the FedEx Cup and he just shows up in big tournaments.”
  2. Brooks Koepka, “No. 7 in points, Brooks plays well in big events – see the last two U.S. Opens and the PGA Championship. He played well at East Lake last year and is in peak form right now.”
  3. Xander Schauffele, “He won here last year as a rookie. He’s ranked No. 18 to start the week and is coming off a good tournament at the BMW.”

Caddie 3

  1. Gary Woodland, “He starts the week 28th, but his game is coming into form over the past month.”
  2. Webb Simpson, “Webb is playing so well and due for another win.”
  3. Tiger Woods, “Simply put, he’s ready for a win.”

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