2019 TOUR Championship: Tee Times, Pairings, TV, and Starting Scores

Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay
Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay during a practice rounds prior to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass on May 9, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Opening round tee times AND STARTING SCORES? Wait, wut!? Yes siree.

The PGA Tour wraps up its season this week in Atlanta with the TOUR Championship. The top 30 players in the FedExCup standings will tee it up at venerable East Lake Golf Club – this year using a handicap system called Starting Strokes – with some $60 million of FedEx money up for grabs.

The field this week down at Bobby Jones’ old hangout (bet you never heard that nugget before) is loaded with all the big names, including eight of the top-10 ranked players in the world, headlined by the five at the very top: Brooks Koepka (No. 1), Dustin Johnson (No. 2), Rory McIlroy (No. 3), Justin Rose (No. 4), and Justin Thomas (No. 5).

Now, with a limited field of 30, and pairings based on FedExCup positions (e.g. 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and so on), there are no featured groupings, per se. But some of the automatic pairings are more intriguing than others, especially from a prop bet perspective.

Some of the groupings that look most interesting to wager on – starting from the top – are: Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay. This duo played together last Sunday, where Stone Cold Cantlay put a bit of a scare into what – at first – seemed like a coronation for Thomas, who entered with a six-shot lead but found himself just two clear after 10 holes.

JT and Cantlay could be partners in the upcoming Presidents Cup matches if Spieth (JT’s partner) and Reed (Cantlay’s partner at Zurich) don’t get picked by captain Tiger Woods.

BTW: Speaking of world No. 8 Tiger Woods (11 starts, 1 major win, 3 top-10s), the reigning Masters winner; he will not be defending his title as – according to Commissioner Jay Monahan – he did not have the “sustained season of excellence” as say world No. 63 Lucas Glover (24 starts, 0 wins, 5 top-10s) or world No. 58 Jason Kokrak (22 starts, 0 wins, 5 top-10s).

Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka is another matchup to watch. They were teammates on the past few Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup teams, and neither is what you’d call jovial on the course, so it could provide good vibes all around.

Finally, Jon Rahm will be paired with Rory McIlroy in what is probably the most talented twosome. They were teammates in Paris, and have been paired up several times in the big events.

Featured Pairings at East Lake

  • Justin Thomas (1, 5), Patrick Cantlay (2, 7)
  • Brooks Koepka (1, 3), Patrick Reed (15, 4)
  • Rory McIlroy (3, 5), Jon Rahm (6, 6)

Player (FedExCup Position, World Rank)

TV/Streaming Times

Rd 1: Thu, Aug. 22
GOLF: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
PGA Tour Live: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Rd 2: Fri, Aug. 23
GOLF: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
PGA Tour Live: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Rd 3: Sat, Aug. 24
GOLF: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
NBC: 2:30 – 7:00 pm

Rd 3: Sun, Aug. 25
GOLF: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
NBC: 1:30 – 6:00 pm
Eastern Standard Time Zone

Tee Times, Pairings & Start Scores

Download/view official PGA Tour tee-time sheet for the 2019 TOUR Championship (PDF).

Credits: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images, ESPN


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