In the 34th week of the year the golf events not to be missed will be the following.
PGA Tour – Tour Championship
This week's Tour Championship marks not only the final race of the 2022-2023 PGA Tour season, but also the 17th running of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
At the East Lake Golf Club, the best players will compete for the top prize in world golf. East Lake Golf in Atlanta, Georgia is a 6,717-yard par 70, has hosted the Tour Championship every year since 2005, and is the oldest course in the city of Atlanta.
Tom Bendelow was the original architect, but both Donald Ross and Rees Jones made modifications to the historic Atlanta layout. At the end of this week's Tour Championship, architect Andrew Green will carry out a major refurbishment.
Green spearheaded the significant changes to the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club. The FedEx Cup Starting Strokes format rewards the best golfer in the FedEx Cup standings with a two-stroke lead on day one at East Lake.
Scottie Scheffler will start the week with a score of 10 under par, while Viktor Hovland will be at 8 under par. Rory McIlroy will be at 7-under par, Jon Rahm at 6-under par, Lucas Glover at 5-under par and the rest of the field will start with a score of 4-under par.
The winner of the FedEx Cup will receive $18 million and the coveted cup. Scottie Scheffler heads to East Lake as the leader of the FedEx Cup standings for the second year in a row, and it's the first time this has happened.
Scheffler, has won twice this season and notched up 16 top 10 finishes in 22 races. Viktor Hovland's spectacular Sunday at the BMW Championship will take him to East Lake in second place in the FedExCup standings. At Olympia Fields, Hovland made the course record with a 61, including a 28 over the back nine holes, to win by two strokes.
Rory McIlroy is looking for his fourth FedEx Cup title. McIlroy, a two-time winner this season, will surely be in contention to chase Scheffler again, just as he is in 2022. This is McIlroy's highest position at the TOUR Championship since it was introduced the FedExCup Starting Strokes format in 2019.
Matt Fitzpatrick has made the biggest move of all to the BMW Championship. His second place, his best finish since his win at RBC Heritage in April, sent him up 30 places in the standings. After notching two top 10 finishes in both FedEx Cup Playoffs events, Corey Conners will join Nick Taylor as two Canadians in contesting the Tour Championship.
It's the first time in the FedEx Cup era that more than one Canadian will play in East Lake. DP World Tour – D+D REAL Czech Masters This week the champions of the DP World Tour return to the field from August 24 to 27 in the Czech Republic where the ninth edition of the D+D REAL Czech Masters will be held.
The race will take place at the Albatross Golf Resort which opened in 2009. The course has previously hosted two legs of the Ladies European Tour and since 2014 it has been a regular stop on the DP World Tour calendar. The Albatross Golf Resort is a par 62 of 6829 meters and has wide fairways and large greens, while the bunkers are shallow, making the game of recovery less demanding.
Water, abundant on the course, especially on the 18th hole, becomes the protagonist: a stream flowing on the right closes the fairway, as does a lake on the left, which cuts in front of the green and must be passed with the second shot.
Among the players, who will be battling it out for a $2,000,000 prize pool, experts recommend keeping an eye out for: Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald who will be making his first appearance at the D+D REAL Czech Masters. The former world number one will play close to the Czech capital in the penultimate week of qualifying for the Ryder Cup, while his squad will be defined after the following week's Omega European Masters.
Our Francesco Molinari, Open 2018 champion, will make his debut in the tournament. Besides them in the field of 156 players who will compete in the Czech Republic, we can mention Shane Lowry, Ludvig Aberg, Victor Perez, the Hojgaard brothers, Pablo Larrazabal and Thorbjorn Olsen.
The Italians to follow on the field will be: Francesco Molinari, Edoardo Molinari and Renato Paratore. We will be able to cheer for them and follow the match from 24 to 27 August live on Sky Sport channels with the following programming: