by Mark Mayer | It really isn’t possible to top last week’s Ryder Cup, but the PGA Tour will try. The season-ending Tour Championship begins Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Vijay Singh, the hottest golf this month, is the 6-1 favorite and should be well rested after the Ryder Cup took center stage this past weekend.
Phil Mickelson, one of 10 Americans competing off the Ryder Cup team, opened just behind Singh at 8-1. Spain’s Sergio Garcia, the only European from the Cup team in the 30-man field, is at 10-1. Also at 10-1 are Anthony Kim, who defeated Garcia in Cup singles play, and his USA teammate Jim Furyk.
The rest of the American Ryder Cup contingent include: Justin Leonard (20-1), Hunter Mahan (20-1), Steve Stricker (25-1), Stewart Cink (30-1), Kenny Perry (30-1), Chad Campbell (40-1) and Ben Curtis (40-1). Among the top foreign players heading to Atlanta are Ernie Els (15-1), Camilo Villegas (15-1), Mike Weir (20-1) and K.J. Choi (20-1). The longest shot in the field is Kevin Sutherland at 80-1.
Garcia and Mickelson are paired in tourney matchups provided by the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook. Mickelson opened as a -120 favorite. Other top matchups include Furyk vs Kim, Choi vs Leonard, and Mahan vs Stricker. The Tour Championship concludes the sanctioned events on the PGA Tour for 2008.
Here is the Hilton’s complete list of matchups:
Phil Mickelson -120 vs Sergio Garcia even
Jim Furyk -110 vs Anthony Kim -110
K. J. Choi -110 vs Justin Leonard