Planet Golf — 25 August 2022 by Bob Sherwin
Countdown: 29 players; $18 million
1. Scottie SchefflerMasters champ regained the top spot with T3 at BMW.
2. Patrick CantlayWon 2nd straight BMW as he seeks to become first to win consecutive FedExCups.
3. Will ZalatorisSt. Jude champ dropped two spots after WD’ing from BMW with back injury.
4. Xander SchauffeleThree wins and T3 at BMW have East Lake specialist Schauffele lurking.
5. Sam BurnsBreakout season for former LSU star included 3 wins.
6. Cameron SmithThe Open, PLAYERS champ missed BMW with hip injury.
7. Rory McIlroyThe 2016, ’19 FedExCup champ is seeking to become FedExCup’s first 3-time winner.
8. Tony FinauTwo wins and a T5 before BMW, where opening 77 was only round not in the 60s.
9. Sepp StrakaGeorgia alum making East Lake debut after Honda win, 2nd at FedEx St. Jude.
10. Sungjae ImFour seasons on TOUR. Four TOUR Championship appearances.
11. Jon RahmMexico Open winner has made East Lake in all six of his TOUR seasons.
12. Scott StallingsStallings, 37, making East Lake debut after finishing 2nd at BMW.
13. Justin ThomasHe won PGA and FedExCup in 2017. He’s PGA champ again this year as he seeks 2nd FedExCup.
14. Cameron YoungSeven top-3 finishes are the reason he’s the Rookie of the Year front-runner.
15. Matt FitzpatrickU.S. Open champ is making TOUR Championship debut after 10 top-10s in 19 starts.
16. Max HomaFirst multiple-win season. First TOUR Championship apperance and, likely, Presidents Cup debut upcoming.
17. Hideki MatsuyamaWon in Hawaii, Japan to make 9th straight TOUR Championship.
18. Jordan SpiethThe 2015 FedExCup champ won RBC Heritage and had two runners-up.
19. Joaquin NiemannThe 23-year-old is playing his 3rd straight TOUR Championship after impressive win at Riviera.
20. Viktor HovlandHas won and made TOUR Championship in all three of his TOUR seasons.
21. Collin MorikawaIn midst of first winless season but playing 3rd straight TOUR Championship after 8 top-10s.
22. Billy HorschelThe 2014 FedExCup champ won Memorial to make 3rd straight TOUR Championship.
23. Tom HogeThe 33-year-old is making TOUR Championship debut after winning Pebble Beach for 1st victory.
24. Corey ConnersCanadian playing East Lake for 3rd time in last 4 years thanks to 3 birdies on final 4 holes at BMW. 
25. Brian HarmanT6 at The Open, T3 at FedEx St. Jude to make first TOUR Championship since 2017.
26. K.H. LeeNo. 31 last year took care of business with Sunday 65 at BMW Championship.
27. J.T. PostonMaking East Lake debut after John Deere win, Travelers T2 in consecutive weeks.
28. Sahith TheegalaPromising Pepperdine prospect came up clutch at BMW to finish rookie season at TOUR Championship.
29. Adam ScottStarted Playoffs at 77th in FedExCup but finished T5 in first two Playoffs events to earn East Lake return.
30. Aaron WiseReturning to East Lake for first time since Rookie of the Year season in 2018.

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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 49th year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past 15 years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur the 2015 U.S. Open and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. Despite (or perhaps because) of his 14 handicap, he won the 'Super Senior'' (65 and older) championship in 2017. He has a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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