Thomas leads Cantlay, Koepka on Tour Championship odds

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Justin Thomas hits his second shot on the first hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Justin Thomas will have a two-stroke lead on the rest of the field when he tees off this week as a plus-250 favourite on the Tour Championship odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Thomas rocketed to the top of the FedExCup standings while paying out on plus-1400 odds with an impressive victory at last weekend’s BMW Championship, and he will sit atop the leaderboard with a score of minus-10 when first-round action of the 2019 Tour Championship gets underway on Thursday at East Lake Golf Club.

The 26-year-old earned his first tournament victory of the season after failing to crack the top ten in 11 straight outings, including an early exit from the U.S. Open where he missed the cut as a plus-2800 wager at sports betting sites. Thomas has shown consistency in recent tour appearances, finishing no worse than 12th in three straight outings ahead of last week’s win, fueling his steady rise up the FedExCup standings.

In addition, the Louisville, Kentucky native has regularly finished near the top of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship, cracking the top ten in each of the past three years, including a second-place performance in 2017 that earned him the FedExCup title.

Patrick Cantlay sits second to Thomas on the Tour Championship odds at plus-450, just ahead of Brooks Koepka at plus-500, while 2016 Tour Championship winner and FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy rounds out the front of the pack at plus-800.

Cantlay climbed six spots on the FedExCup standings with a second-place performance at the BMW Championship, and will tee off on Thursday sporting a starting score of minus-8. The 27-year-old American has finished in the top five on five occasions this season, including his lone win at the Memorial Tournament, where he paid out on plus-1600 odds. However, Cantlay has failed to finish better than 20th in two previous appearances at the Tour Championship.

A distant 24th-place performance last weekend toppled Koepka from his long-held perch atop the FedExCup standings. The world’s top-ranked golfer also turned in a disappointing 30th-place finish two weeks ago at the Northern Trust while listed as plus-800 chalk on the golf odds. However, with six top-two finishes to his credit this season, include his fourth career major victory at the PGA Championship, Koepka remains a real threat despite starting this week three strokes back of Thomas.

Further down the odds to win the Tour Championship, Northern Trust winner Patrick Reed joins Jon Rahm at plus-1400, ahead of Webb Simpson at plus-2200 and Dustin Johnson at plus-2500. 2017 Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele lags at +2800, while Corey Conners, the lone Canadian in the field, is listed at a distant plus-30000 and will star the tournamont at minus-1.

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