The final event of the 2013 PGA TOUR season is here, as the top 30 in the FedExCup standings head to East Lake for the TOUR Championship. Brandt Snedeker is your defending champion, with other recent winners including Bill Haas, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods also in the field this week.
Of note, the course record at East Lake is held by none other than Zach Johnson (60 in 2007). In case you missed it, he won the BMW Championship earlier today.
What stands out about East Lake is the diversity of the champions. Of the names mentioned above, Furyk, Johnson and Snedeker don't look all that similar to Mickelson and Woods in game. That very well may be a product of a limited field.
On the line this week isn't just the TOUR Championship, but the FedExCup. The top five in the standings (Woods, Stenson, Scott, Z. Johnson and Matt Kuchar) each control their destiny. A win, and they nab the $10 million grand prize.
East Lake is a par 70, reaching 7,154 yards. Perhaps the most memorable trait of the course is the lengthy par-3 finishing hole.
Water has also played a significant part in the imagery at East Lake. You'll remember the scene of Jim Furyk sinking the clinching putt with his hat on backwards as the rain fell down, and how can anyone forget Bill Haas' splash onto the green in the playoff with Hunter Mahan in 2011. Given the PGA TOUR's struggles with weather, one can only imagine if or how water will come into play this week.
Since the BMW Championship just finished this afternoon, we'll operate on an abbreviated schedule this week. We will return tomorrow with the power rankings and then finish things off with our fantasy post on Wednesday.
Until then, happy research!