Rahm, Cantlay in battle atop Tour Championship odds

Patrick Cantlay. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Patrick Cantlay wowed fans with a sensational performance last weekend, outdueling Bryson DeChambeau in a six-hole playoff on his way to victory at the BMW Championship. Now sitting atop the FedExCup standings, Cantlay will enjoy a starting score of 10-under when he tees off this week as a +400 second favourite on the Tour Championship odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Cantlay's victory last weekend continued a roller-coaster campaign during which he has tallied three tournament wins. However, the 29-year-old American has also struggled at times in recent months, missing the cut on five occasions over his past 14 outings going into opening-round action on Thursday morning at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

In addition to regularly missing the cut in recent months, Cantlay has also struggled to maintain a presence near the top of the leaderboard this season. His victories last weekend, and at the Memorial Tournament back in June, mark the only times he has cracked the top 10 since turning in a third-place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am six months ago. Cantlay has also struggled in recent appearances in the FedExCup playoffs, as he failed to qualify for the Tour Championship a year ago and finished no better than 20th at this event in each of the three previous years.

It has been a far more successful summer for Jon Rahm, who looks to the week as a narrow +375 favourite for the event at online sports betting sites. Rahm was forced to settle for a ninth-place finish at the BMW Championship. However, that was good enough to secure fourth place in the FedExCup standings, and sets up the Spaniard to start this weekend's tournament with a score of 6-under.

It has truly been a breakthrough season for Rahm, who claimed his first career major tournament win two months ago at the U.S. Open. Overall, he has finished among the top 10 in 14 of 21 tournament appearances this season, and has finished seventh or better in two of his past four appearances at the Tour Championship.

Further down the golf odds for the Tour Championship, DeChambeau sits third at +550 in the wake of his playoff loss to Cantlay last weekend. Tony Finau entered into FedExCup contention with his victory at the Northern Trust two weeks ago, and closely trails the favourites as a +750 wager, ahead of Justin Thomas, who rounds out the front of the pack at +1800. And the lone Canadian in the final tournament of the season, Corey Conners, sports long +12500 odds as he prepares to open the event with a score of 1-under.

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