FedEx Cup Payout 2019: Tour Championship Favorites and Latest Odds

Justin Thomas is the bookmakers' favorite to win the FedEx Cup for the second time in three years and land the $15 million payout that comes with it. The 26-year-old moved to the top of the FedEx Cup Playoffs standings after winning the BMW Championship in Medinah, Illinois, last week.

Under the new format introduced by the PGA Tour, Thomas will start The Tour Championship on Thursday at 10-under par, by virtue of being the FedEx Cup leader.

According to BetOnline, Thomas is a 9/4 favorite to win at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, this week. In three appearances at the tournament, the American has never finished lower than seventh.

Patrick Cantlay, who finished second behind Thomas at the BMW Championship last week, will begin the season finale at 8-under par.

The reason for having a leader before the tournament has even began is a change of format. Up until this year, points in the FedEx Cup standings were reset after the BMW Championship. However, the PGA has introduced the "starting strokes" system in a bid to simplify the final event of the season.

Specifically, it is designed to ensure the winner of The Tour Championship is also the winner of the FedEx Cup, as opposed to what happened twice in the last three seasons when the winner of The Tour Championship differed from the winner of the FedEx Cup.

As such, the leader of the FedEx Cup standings after the penultimate event of the season will start The Tour Championship at 10-under par, while the second seed will start at 8-under, the third seed at 7-under and so on down to the fifth seed at 5-under.

Players seeded between six to 10 will begin at 4-under, while seeds 11–15 will begin at 3-under, all the way down to seeds 26–30, who will start at even par.

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Brooks Koepka of the United States plays his shot from the tenth tee during the final round of the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club No. 3 on August 18 in Medinah, Illinois. Andrew Redington/Getty

This means that world number one Brooks Koepka will begin at 7-under on Thursday. At 5/1, the Floridian is the bookmakers' third-favorite to win at East Lake, where his best result is a sixth place in 2017.

Fellow four-time major winner Rory McIlroy will tee off at five-under and is an 8/1 shot to win The Tour Championship for a second time.

The Northern Irishman triumphed at East Lake in 2016, which was also the only time he had a round of par or better in five appearances in the tournament.

McIlroy entered the FedEx Cup Playoffs in second place behind Koepka two weeks ago, but has slipped to fifth in the standings after the first two events.

McIlroy has been overtaken by Patrick Reed, who jumped from 50th to second in the standings after winning The Northern Trust Open earlier this month.

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The 2018 Masters champion has since dropped to fourth and will start at 6-under at East Lake. Reed is a 16/1 shot to win the FedEx Cup after finishing 19th at the BMW Championship last week.

This year will mark the Texan's sixth consecutive appearance in the Tour Championship, but he's never finished in the top-10.

Jon Rahm, meanwhile is 14/1 to finish top of the leaderboard on Sunday. The Spaniard ranks second in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in terms of greens hit in regulation and has finished in the top five at the first two playoffs events this season.

In his third consecutive appearance at The Tour Championship in as many seasons, Rahm will start at 4-under but could be the tournament's dark horse.

Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele follow at 22/1, 25/1 and 28/1 respectively.

Simpson has finished runner-up in three of his last five starts and finished tied for fourth at East Lake last year, while Schauffele won The Tour Championship in 2017 and finished tied for seventh last year.

Johnson, meanwhile, is the world number two but arrives at East Lake woefully out form. The 2016 U.S. Open champion has never got past two top-20 finishes in the last three months.