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The PGA Tour season concludes at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Membership from Thursday with Rory McIlroy defending his FedExCup title from a beginning place of three pictures again on Scottie Scheffler; watch the Tour Championship dwell from 5pm on Sky Sports activities Golf on Thursday

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Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland and Rory McIlroy begin with the scoring benefit when the Tour Championship kicks off on Thursday

World No 1 Scottie Scheffler will begin with a two-shot lead over Viktor Hovland, and three over Rory McIlroy, because the battle to be 2023’s FedExCup champion and declare the $18m jackpot reaches its dramatic finale on the winner-takes-all Tour Championship.

The FedExCup Playoffs area has been whittled down from an preliminary forged of 70 on the FedEx St. Jude Championship a fortnight in the past to a ultimate 30 following final week’s BMW Championship, the place a late birdie blitz from Hovland noticed him beat England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and FedExCup factors chief Scheffler by two strokes.

That every one units up a dramatic ultimate 4 days of motion from Thursday, dwell on Sky Sports activities Golf, with all to play for within the season-ending occasion at East Lake Golf Membership in Atlanta, Georgia.

How the Tour Championship works and who begins the place

The place the 30-strong taking part in area begin the week on the scorecard

The Tour Championship includes a beginning strokes system and the rating the gamers maintain off the opening tee displays their place within the yr’s FedExCup rankings.

Ten strokes separate the 30 gamers in the beginning of the occasion.

The chief – on this case Scheffler, for the second yr in a row – begins on 10 beneath par with the second-placed participant (Hovland) on eight beneath and the third (McIlroy) on seven beneath.

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Viktor Hovland was ecstatic after taking pictures 61 to win the BMW Championship by two pictures

Viktor Hovland was ecstatic after taking pictures 61 to win the BMW Championship by two pictures

The fourth-highest participant (Jon Rahm) tees off on six beneath and the fifth-highest (Lucas Glover) on 5 beneath.

The gamers ranked from sixth to tenth, which incorporates Matt Fitzpatrick, are at 4 beneath, whereas Eleventh-Fifteenth, a bunch that includes Tommy Fleetwood, are at three beneath.

The subsequent 4 gamers to twentieth start at two beneath, and 21-25 are at one beneath, whereas the ultimate 5 gamers begin the event as regular at even par.

On the finish of 72 holes on Sunday, the participant with the bottom stroke rating when mixed along with his beginning strokes can be topped the FedExCup champion and be the winner of the Tour Championship.

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Rory McIlroy accidently hit himself along with his personal membership after a tee shot on the BMW Championship

Rory McIlroy accidently hit himself along with his personal membership after a tee shot on the BMW Championship

Will McIlroy come from behind to win once more? And what about in-form Hovland?

With three total wins because the season-ending playoffs have been launched in 2007, nobody has received the FedExCup extra typically than McIlroy.

He began final yr’s Tour Championship six strokes adrift of Scheffler however rounds of 67-67-63-66 have been sufficient to take the crown and bumper prize fund by one shot.

The final eight FedExCup champions

2022 Rory McIlroy 2021 Patrick Cantlay 2020 Dustin Johnson 2019 Rory McIlroy 2018 Justin Rose 2017 Justin Thomas 2016 Rory McIlroy 2015 Jordan Spieth

McIlroy and Scheffler will inevitably begin as favourites, however Hovland’s sensational surge to victory on the BMW Championship final Sunday – which was achieved by way of a course-record 61 – has actually put the Norwegian into critical competition.

Requested about Hovland’s possibilities this week, fourth-ranked Rahm stated: “I imply, that is an unbelievable spherical of golf. Should you advised me that Scottie was going to shoot 5 beneath on Sunday, I might have stated there isn’t any probability that does not win.

“I might haven’t anticipated any individual to come back out and shoot 9 beneath. He went off. Yeah, I’ve a variety of respect for that spherical of golf.

“He broke the course document that had been damaged twice on that week, and to do it to win a golf event, it is spectacular.

Rahm added: “He is a hell of a participant and he confirmed it.”

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