TOUR Championship Info, Key Stats, and Course Form: What Matters at East Lake?

Brandon Gdula
Brandon Gdula@gdula13
TOUR Championship Info, Key Stats, and Course Form: What Matters at East Lake?

The PGA Tour's 2022-23 season is coming to a close at the TOUR Championship.

This week, the top 30 in the FedExCup rankings are teeing it up with some starting strokes in play based on where golfers rank entering the week. Here is every golfer's starting score.

TOUR Championship
Starting Score
Scottie Scheffler-10
Viktor Hovland-8
Rory McIlroy-7
Jon Rahm-6
Lucas Glover-5
Max Homa-4
Patrick Cantlay-4
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What should we know about the course, and who has played well here in the past?

East Lake Course Info

  • Par: 70
  • Distance: 7,346 (around 120 yards longer than the average par 70)
  • Fairway Width: 24.4 yards (2nd-narrowest of 85 courses)
  • Average Green Size: 5,619 square feet (smaller than average)
  • Green Type: Bermuda
  • Stimpmeter: N/A
  • Recent Winning Scores: -21, -21, -21, -18 (since the new format)
  • Lowest Gross Scores: -17, -14, -15, -13
  • Recent Cut Lines: N/A

East Lake Course Key Stats

Some of the narrowest fairways we get on the PGA Tour await the 30 golfers in the field this week for the TOUR Championship in the season's final test. There's a statistical emphasis on driving accuracy, as a result, though I tend to lean toward strokes gained: off the tee primarily and sprinkle in accuracy into the mix whenever that's the case because simply hitting fairways is never all that's required with the driver.

As far as the past results based on starting scores, it's unsurprisingly relevant.

Past net winners (i.e. accounting for starting strokes) and their starting strokes that season include Rory McIlroy (-4) in 2022, Patrick Cantlay (-10) in 2021, Dustin Johnson (-10) in 2020, and Rory McIlroy (-5) in 2019.

Of the 20 golfers starting at even par since the new format began in 2019, only one of them (5.0%) has finished in the top-10 in net scoring by the end of the event.

Two golfers starting at -1 climbed to the top 10 in net scoring, but more golfers at even par (9) got to the top 20 than golfers starting at -1 (5).

Basically, starting strokes matter a lot for finishing position (and therefore fantasy points), but between the 10 golfers starting at even par or -1, history says we can have some flexibility.

Best Golfers at East Lake

These golfers have the best strokes gained numbers in recent years at this course. Note that these finishes are for the gross (unadjusted scores), which means starting strokes are not accounted for. This will be a better indication of performance.

FanDuel Salary
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds
TOUR Championship (Gross) 2022
TOUR Championship (Gross) 2021
TOUR Championship (Gross) 2020
TOUR Championship (Gross) 2019
TOUR Championship (Gross) 2018
Course SG:T
Course SG:T/Rd
Xander Schauffele$11,600+35006312735.111.76
Rory McIlroy$12,800+33011471729.111.46
Jon Rahm$12,500+8501616131116.110.81
Max Homa$11,300+35003----6.621.66
Scottie Scheffler$13,000+13513172--6.510.54
Viktor Hovland$12,000+55015414--6.510.54
Tyrrell Hatton$10,400+25000--5--5.671.42
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Past net winners in the field include Rory McIlroy (2019 and 2022) and Patrick Cantlay (2021).

Past gross winners (i.e. 72-hole scores) include McIlroy (2019 and 2022), Jon Rahm (2021), and Xander Schauffele (2020).

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