This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The PGA Tour heads to Atlanta this week for its first ever Handicap Championship. This time, the better player gets the strokes! That motto never caught on, but there's a lot of truth in that statement.
In an effort to "make things easier" — and eliminate the possibility come Sunday of having a Tour Championship winner and a different FedEx Cup Playoffs winner, as happened last year — the PGA Tour decided to convert an advantage in the FedEx Cup standings into an advantage on the course. Thus, Justin Thomas, who took the FedEx points lead after winning the BMW Championship last week, begins this week 10-under par. Patrick Cantlay begins 8-under, followed by Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy each one successive stroke behind, respectively. Then there are five players each are 4-under, 3-under, 2-under, 1-under and even to round out the 30-golfer field.
While it takes away any confusion about who wins the FedEx championship vs. the Tour Championship, it sure made a mess for us fantasy players. We'll adjust. If this format sticks, we might even come up with a good system.
This format could be a disaster or it could be fun. Either way, it will be interesting to see how the bonus strokes come into play come Sunday afternoon. We're back at Eastlake in Atlanta, which means course history is in play this week.
This Week: The Tour Championship – Eastlake Golf Club, Atlanta
Last Year: Tiger Woods shot a