McIlroy well backed for FedExCup charge

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McIlroy well backed for FedExCup charge

Rory McIlroy (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy is being well backed to come from off the pace for a huge payday as the prestigious FedExCup Playoffs reach their climax at East Lake in Atlanta this week.

With Will Zalatoris withdrawing due to injury, only 29 players remain in the hunt for the lucrative top prize of $18m and the FedEx Cup handicap system means Scottie Scheffler will start the tour finale with a two-shot advantage on the chasing pack.

That means the World Number 1 is a short 2/1 shot with BoyleSports to be crowned champion, with Patrick Cantlay (10/3) and Xander Schauffele (13/2) hoping to bridge respective deficits of two and four shots.

McIlroy will tee off six shots behind Scheffler on the leaderboard, but he is the 7/1 favourite to shoot the lowest 72-hole score as he did in 2019 when overturning a five-shot deficit to bag the winners’ cheque.

He has now been cut into 9/1 from 11/1 to be crowned FedEx champion again, making him fourth favourite ahead of Spaniard Jon Rahm (12/1), who starts the week a further shot back than McIlroy on -3.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said:“Scottie Scheffler is in pole position, but there is plenty of interest in the chasing pack and Rory McIlroy in particular is well fancied to rein him in. McIlroy boasts a strong record at the course and we’ve had to cut him into 9/1 from 11/1 with support growing that he’ll bridge the gap.”

Tour Championship

  • 2/1         S Scheffler (-10)
  • 10/3       P Cantlay (-8)
  • 13/2       X Schauffele (-6)
  • 9/1         R McIlroy (-4)
  • 12/1       J Rahm (-3)
  • 20/1       T Finau (-4)
  • 20/1       S Burns (-5)
  • 22/1       C Smith (-4)
  • 25/1 bar

Lowest 72 Hole Score

  • 7/1         R McIlroy
  • 8/1         J Rahm
  • 9/1         X Schauffele
  • 10/1       P Cantlay
  • 10/1       S Scheffler
  • 12/1       J Thomas
  • 14/1       T Finau
  • 14/1       C Smith
  • 16/1 bar

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