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East Lake preview

A preview and stats for the FedEx Cup finale - The Tour Championship at East Lake in Georgia

By Dave Tindall Twitter: @DaveTindallgolf.   Last Updated: 18/09/13 11:25am

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East Lake Golf Club will host the FedEx Cup finale

East Lake Golf Club will host the FedEx Cup finale

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The 2013 PGA Tour season reaches a climax this weekend when the end-of-season Tour Championship takes place in Georgia.

For the 13th time in its history, East Lake plays host to the top 30 golfers of the year as they battle it out for the FedEx Cup trophy and the monstrous $10m bonus fund.

All 30 players in the field can strike the jackpot but only the top five in the standings - Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar - have their destiny in their own hands.

For sixth-ranked Steve Stricker, a win would virtually seal him the $10m although a solo second from Woods would deny him. Stricker could also finish second and have a mathematical chance of sealing the FedEx Cup.

For 30th-ranked Dustin Johnson, it needs a near miracle. He'd have to win and hope Tiger finishes last. Even then, a high finish for any of the players ranked second to sixth would deny him.

Opened 109 years ago, this famous Atlanta course fell into disrepair not long after staging the 1963 Ryder Cup and was only restored to its former glories in the mid-1990s.

East Lake, the course where legendary American amateur Bobby Jones learned the game, returned to the PGA Tour schedule in 1998 when it staged the Tour Championship for the first time.

The texture of its greens changed ahead of the 2008 tournament when the putting surfaces were switched from Bentgrass to Bermuda, as part of a general renovation carried out by Rees Jones.

FORM at EAST LAKE

Since 2000

Player: '00 / '02 / '04 / '05 / '06 / '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11 / '12

Keegan Bradley: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 11 / 23
Roberto Castro: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Jason Day: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 17 / 6 / -
Brendon de Jonge: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Graham DeLaet: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Luke Donald: - / - / - / 14 / 5 / - / - / 25 / 2 / 3 / 3
Jason Dufner: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 19 / - / 13 / 20
Jim Furyk: - / 18 / - / 13 / 2 / 11 / 6 / 7 / Won / - / 7
Sergio Garcia: - / 28 / 15 / 20 / - / 4 / 2 / - / - / - / 15
Bill Haas: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / Won / -
Billy Horschel: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Dustin Johnson: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 27 / 22 / 23 / 10
Zach Johnson: - / - / 13 / - / 16 / 2 / - / 16 / 9 / - / 15
Matt Kuchar: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 25 / 20 / 10
Hunter Mahan: - / - / - / - / - / 5 / 17 / 24 / 15 / 2 / 8
Phil Mickelson: Won / 5 / 19 / - / - / 20 / 3 / Won / 22 / 10 / 15
DA Points: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Justin Rose: - / - / - / - / - / 11 / - / - / 15 / 20 / 2
Charl Schwartzel: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Adam Scott: - / - / 21 / 7 / Won / 26 / - / - / 27 / 6 / 19
Webb Simpson: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 22 / 5
Brandt Snedeker: - / - / - / - / - / 29 / - / - / - / 16 / Won
Jordan Spieth: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Henrik Stenson: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Kevin Streelman: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 9 / - / -
Steve Stricker: - / - / - / - / - / 17 / 24 / 6 / 25 / 15 / 22
Nick Watney: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 13 / 4 / 26 / 28
Boo Weekley: - / - / - / - / - / 21 / - / - / - / - / -
Gary Woodland: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 13 / -
Tiger Woods: 2 / 7 / 2 / 2 / - / Won / - / 2 / - / - / 8

Size of Field: 29 / 30 / 31 / 29 / 27 / 30 / 30 / 30 / 30 / 30 / 30

Note: Four players teeing-up this week also competed in the Tour Championship held at East Lake in 1998. These were: Jim Furyk (3rd); Steve Stricker (5th); Phil Mickelson (17th); Tiger Woods (20th)

CURRENT FORM

Two or More Top-10 Finishes During 2013 Fed-Ex Cup Play-Offs

Player: A / B / C

Graham DeLaet: 2 / 3 / -
Jim Furyk: 6 / - / 3
Steve Stricker: - / 2 / 4
Nick Watney: 9 / - / 2

Key: A - Liberty National; B - TPC Boston; C - Conway Farms

EAST LAKE STROKE AVERAGES

(Last Six Years 2007/12)

Average (Rounds)

67.42: Tiger Woods (12)
68.33: Sergio Garcia (12)
69.00: Jim Furyk (20)
69.17: Phil Mickelson (24)
69.19: Zach Johnson (16)
69.25: Luke Donald (16)
69.25: Justin Rose (16)
69.33: Brandt Snedeker (12)
69.50: Jason Day (8)
69.63: Webb Simpson (8)
69.71: Hunter Mahan (24)
70.31: Adam Scott (16)
70.42: Matt Kuchar (12)
70.46: Steve Stricker (24)
70.50: Keegan Bradley (8)
70.50: Jason Dufner (12)
70.88: Dustin Johnson (16)
70.88: Nick Watney (16)

Min. No. of Rounds = 8

LOWEST TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS at EAST LAKE (All-Time)

60: Zach Johnson (2007)
62: Bart Bryant (2005)
62: Tim Clark (2007)
62: Geoff Ogilvy (2007)
63: Five times.

Note: The lowest final round score at East Lake is 64. The lowest tournament round since the greens were changed from Bentgrass to Bermuda was a 63 by Nick Watney in 2010.

East Lake: Par 70; 7,154 yards

Winning Totals (Last Three Years):

2012: 270 (Brandt Snedeker)
2011: 272 (Bill Haas)
2010: 272 (Jim Furyk)

** Best bets will appear on Wednesday afternoon **

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