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Tour Championship 2018 Live@ Start time, Golf, Tv Channel

The Top 30 in the FedExCup Playoffs 2018 standings comprise the field for the Tour Championship.Bryson DeChambeau, who won the first two of the four playoff events, is No. 1 in the standings. He is followed in the top five by Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.

Tiger Woods and Tommy Fleetwood comprise one of the notable pairings for Round 1 of Tour Championship 2018 on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Georgia. Phil Mickelson is paired with Francesco Molinari.

Keegan Bradley is No. 6. Bradley defeated Rose in a playoff on Monday to win the BMW — the third postseason event. Sunday’s final round had been postponed because of weather. Bradley opened the BMW at No. 52.

Mickelson, 48, is No. 14 and Woods, 42, is No. 20. Rory McIlroy is 17th.

Patton Kizzire claimed the 30th spot. Jordan Spieth is on the outside looking in at No. 31.


Site: Atlanta

Course: East Lake GC. Yardage: 7,385. Par: 70.

Purse: $9 million. Winner’s share: $1,620,000.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6:30 (NBC); Sunday, Noon-1:30 p.m. Golf Channel), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Xander Schauffele.

FedEx Cup leader: Bryson DeChambeau.

Last tournament: Keegan Bradley won the BMW Championship.

Notes: This is the fourth and final playoff event for the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus. The top five seeds — Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau and Justin Thomas — only have to win the tournament to capture the FedEx Cup. … Thomas will try to become the first player to win the FedEx Cup in consecutive years. …

Tiger Woods is the only player to win the FedEx Cup twice. Woods is in the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. This is his first appearance in the Tour Championship without having won during the season. … Nine of the 30 players have not won this season. … Seventeen players from the 30-man field were in the Tour Championship last year. … Bill Haas (No. 25) in 2011 is the lowest seed to win the FedEx Cup. … Jordan Spieth missed qualifying for the Tour Championship for the first time. Spieth is the only American on the Ryder Cup team not at East Lake. … Europe has six Ryder Cup players at the Tour Championship. … This will be the last year of four FedEx Cup playoff events. There will be three events next year.

Tour Championship

The PGA Tour season comes to a close this week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., site of the Tour Championship, the end of the season-long race for the FedEx Cup. This year’s winner at East Lake will take home $1.62 million, while the FedEx Cup winner will win the $10 million prize.

While all 30 remaining players in the playoffs technically have a chance to win the FedEx Cup, those in the top five have the best opportunity, needing only to win the Tour Championship to also clinch the FedEx Cup. That means a win for Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson or Justin Thomas will also give them the cup.

These five also have varying mathematical chances of still winning the FedEx Cup without winning the Tour Championship. For Thomas, he can win it back-to-back with a win at East Lake, which would make him only the second player to win the cup twice, Tiger Woods being the only other player to do so. A win for any other of the top four would be their first FedEx Cup title.

At 20th in the standings, Woods’ chances of claiming his third FedEx Cup are slim, but there is a convoluted way he can get it done. For Woods to even give himself a chance would mean he’d be in contention once again as he continues to get closer to an 80th career victory, which is an exciting proposition for the season’s final event.

TV Schedule

The Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, as well as Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. NBC will take over on the weekend following Golf Channel’s coverage.

Leader board

Follow all the action from Atlanta on the Golf Digest PGA Tour leader board.
Thursday Tee Times (all times ET)

11:40 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Patton Kizzire

11:50 a.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Gary Woodland

12 p.m. — Kyle Stanley, Paul Casey

12:10 p.m. — Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm

12:20 p.m. — Aaron Wise, Kevin Na

12:30 p.m. — Tommy Fleetwood, Tiger Woods

12:40 p.m. — Rory McIlory, Xander Schauffele

12:50 p.m. — Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay

1 p.m. — Francesco Molinari, Phil Mickelson

1:10 p.m. — Webb Simpson, Jason Day

1:20 p.m. — Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith

1:30 p.m. — Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson

1:40 p.m. — Justin Thomas, Keegan Bradley

1:50 p.m. — Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson

2 p.m. — Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose