PGA Tour
$7,500,000 THE TOUR Championship Field
East Lake Golf Club
Par 70 - 7304 Yards
Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 24 - Sep 27, 2009
Angel Cabrera
Stewart Cink
Luke Donald
Jason Dufner
Ernie Els
Jim Furyk
Brian Gay
Lucas Glover
Retief Goosen
Padraig Harrington
Dustin Johnson
Zach Johnson
Jerry Kelly
Marc Leishman
Hunter Mahan
Steve Marino
Phil Mickelson
Kevin Na
Sean O'Hair
Geoff Ogilvy
Kenny Perry
John Senden
Heath Slocum
Steve Stricker
David Toms
Scott Verplank
Nick Watney
Mike Weir
Tiger Woods
Y.E. Yang
Following a week off, the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings return for the final event of the playoffs, the Tour Championship. In a new twist this year, every player in the 30-man field has a mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup and its $10 million top prize. The top five players in the standings -- Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Heath Slocum -- control their own destiny. Each of them can win the FedEx Cup with a victory at East Lake. The players outside the top five will need help, some more than others. For instance: No. 6 Padraig Harrington can capture the Cup if he wins and Woods finishes third or worse. Sean O`Hair, No. 7 in the standings, would need to win and have Woods and Stricker both finish outside the top three. Even John Senden, who sneaked into the 30th spot when Brandt Snedeker four- putted the 72nd hole two weeks ago, has a chance to claim the $10 million windfall. Of course, that scenario would require a Senden victory and several other improbable events, including Woods finishing in last place. But because the rules were changed to re-set each player`s point total following the BMW Championship, the PGA Tour will avoid what happened last year, when Vijay Singh wrapped up the FedEx Cup after just three playoff events. All Singh needed to do was play four rounds at East Lake --- he tied for 22nd place, 16 shots behind winner Camilo Villegas -- to become the second player to capture the Cup after Woods in 2007. It didn`t matter that Villegas won the last two playoff events -- Singh had won the first two and collected enough points to seal it up. Villegas, after beating Sergio Garcia in a playoff last year, will not defend his title. He didn`t earn enough points to make it past the BMW Championship. Golf Channel has coverage of the first two rounds and NBC will broadcast the weekend action. Next week is the first event of the Fall Series, the Turning Stone Resort Championship, where Dustin Johnson claimed his first tour win last year.