Rory McIlroy (7/1 FedEx Cup – Tour Championship outright) is “excited” to be back at East Lake and has set his sights on becoming the first three-time winner of the FedEx Cup at the Tour Championship.
The staggered scoring system, which is based on FedEx Cup rankings, means McIlroy will start the week on four-under and trailing leader Scottie Scheffler (21/10 FedEx Cup – Tour Championship outright) by six shots.
Patrick Cantlay (10/3 FedEx Cup – Tour Championship outright) is Scheffler’s closest rival from the outset, starting on eight-under, with Xander Schauffele (11/2) on six-under and Sam Burns (22/1) a shot further back.
Cameron Smith (20/1 FedEx Cup – Tour Championship outright), Tony Finau (16/1), Sepp Straka (100/1) and Sungjae Im (20/1) are all set to start on the same score as McIlroy as they compete for the $18,000,000 top prize.
McIlroy arrives at East Lake sitting seventh in the FedEx Cup standings after winning the CJ Cup and RBC Canadian Open, while he also posted top-eight finishes in all four majors.
The 33-year-old is hoping to draw on some of that form from earlier in the campaign and can also take some comfort from his previous appearances at East Lake, having earned victories at the venue in 2016 and 2019.
“I’ve had a lot of success at East Lake over the years,” McIlroy said. “This is my ninth time at East Lake, and I’ve won a couple of them.
“I’ve had chances the majority of the times I’ve been here to win the FedEx Cup. Great to have another opportunity to try to do something that no one has ever done before in the short history of what the FedEx Cup is.
“Excited to be back. I felt like I got my golf game together a little bit better in Wilmington [tied-eighth finish at the BMW Championship] last week and played okay. I need to make a few more putts this week to have a chance.”