DeChambeau the man to beat at season-ending Tour Championship

Bryson De Chambeau is bidding for his third win in his last four starts

Bryson De Chambeau is bidding for his third win in his last four starts

Thomas had his right wrist taped as he gave a pre-tournament press conference ahead of the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, where he finished second behind Xander Schauffele 12 months ago to seal the overall FedEx Cup title and $10million bonus.

On Sunday night a golfing millionaire will be ten million dollars richer as the FedEx Cup is wrapped up for another year at the Tour Championship. "As soon as the Tour Championship begins, any fan - no matter if they've followed the PGA Tour all season or are just tuning in for the final event - can immediately understand what's going on and what's at stake for every single player in the field".

For the most part, Billy Horschel, who won the FedEx Cup after he won the Tour Championship in 2014 and some top-ranked players stumbled, likes the changes. No. 2 Justin Rose would be at 8 under, with No. 3 Tony Finau at 7 under, No. 4 Dustin Johnson at 6 under and No. 5 Thomas at 5 under.

The next five players will tee off at four-under, regressing by one stroke for every five players until those ranked 26-30 start at even par.

The idea behind the change is to ensure that the victor of the Tour Championship also wins the overall FedEx Cup, removing the whole "ahead on points" strangeness and, theoretically, making the entire process much more understandable for the casual fan.

A three-times victor this season, Thomas worked only on his short game during the week off following his share of 12th place at the season's penultimate event. For Woods to win the FedEx Cup, he'd have to pull off one of the most impressive victories of his career. The existing FedEx Cup bonus pool will be enhanced by $25 million to $60 million, with the victor receiving $15 million, up from $10 million which has been in place since 2007.

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There's more good news for whoever leads the standings next year. After that, the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship, where the new strokes-based system will be put in place.

Each player in the top 10 will be invited into Wyndham Rewards at its most exclusive Diamond level.

If he fails, he would stand alongside Rory McIlroy (2012) and Jason Day (2015) as winners of two of the first three playoffs events without taking the big prize.

The rankings will be used as a starting point for players, with the third-ranked player beginning at seven under and the fourth-ranked player at six under, and whoever finishes the Tour Championship with the lowest score will win the tournament and the FedEx Cup.

The FedEx Cup playoffs were created in 2007.

Rory McIlroy is the most likely victor of the tournament according to the Betfair Sportsbook, the Ulsterman a 15/2 shot to come home ahead of the rest.

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