Wed, Sep 21, 12:22pm by Staff Writer
Jason Day is hoping his troublesome back will hold up this week when he tees off with the final 30 golfers in the FedEx Cup deciding PGA Tour Championship.
The world No.1 withdrew part-way through the final round of the BMW Championship with a back injury last week and is hoping a week of recuperation is enough to prepare him for the East Lake Golf Club.
Day is fourth in the FedExCup rankings and can win the $10 million first-place prize with a win, while a top-three finish could theoretically be enough.
Fellow Aussie Adam Scott is ranked third in the FedEx Cup and is playing good golf at the moment at tied for fourth last week at the BMW.
The Queenslander is also the only player to finish in the top 10 of all three FedEx Cup playoffs so far.
Scott lifted the Tour Championship trophy in 2006, the year before the introduction of the FedEx Cup.
Both Day and Scott are paying $10 to win the Tour Championship on the William Hill board as joint fourth favourites.
Johnson has won three of his past nine tournaments – including last week’s BMW and the US Open – and leads the FedEx Cup rankings.
McIlroy won the second playoff, the Deutsche Bank Championship, but could only manage a tie for 42 at the BMW to sit at sixth in the rankings, while defending Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup winner Spieth is ranked seventh.
Day bent over to place his tee on the ninth hole in the final round of the BMW when he felt a pain in his back.
He withdrew as a precaution and was later diagnosed with a pinched joint capsule in his lower back.
Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis said Day spent last week resting and receiving treatment and was ‘cautiously optimistic’ about this week.
US players again have added motivation this week as they vie for the remaining wildcard spot on Davis Love’s Ryder Cup team.
Four players yet to be named on the team – Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Jim Furyk (who is a vice-captain, but can be named as a wildcard), reportedly practiced with Love this week at Hazeltine, where the next Ryder Cup will be played.
The front and back nine holes of the historic par-72 East Lake Golf Club will be reversed. The tournament will no longer end on a 207-yard par-3, but on a 551-yard par-5.
Hot, but rain-free, weather is forecast for the tournament, which gets underway at 1.40 am Friday AEST.
Full Market: (William Hill)
Dustin Johnson $5.5
Rory McIlroy $7
Jordan Spieth $8
Adam Scott $10
Jason Day $10
Paul Casey $17
Patrick Reed $19
Bubba Watson $29
Matt Kuchar $29
Hideki Matsuyama $29
Phil Mickelson $34
Ryan Moore $41
Daniel Berger $41
Russell Knox $41
Emiliano Grillo $41
J.B. Holmes $41
Gary Woodland $41
Charl Schwartzel $41
Brandt Snedeker $41
Jimmy Walker $41
Roberto Castro $51
Kevin Chappell $67
Si-Woo Kim $67
Kevin Na $67
Justin Thomas $67
Jason Dufner $81
Kevin Kisner $101
Sean OHair $101
William McGirt $101
Jhonattan Vegas $101
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