Jordan Spieth: I'll take Ryder Cup over $10M bonus

Dustin Johnson tees off on the sixth hole during a practice round for the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Tuesday Sept. 20 2016

The finale of the 2016 PGA Tour season (yes we know it is still September) takes place at East Lake Golf Club - with the 30 final players who have survived the FedEx Cup playoffs battling it out for an bad lot of money.

That quirk has left many in the golf world wondering whether golf's wealthiest prize should be on offer to a player yet to win a tournament. The player who wins the Tour Championship itself will earn $1.8 million.

The Tour Championship pays the victor $1.53 million, while last place is worth roughly $140,000. With only 30 entrants and no cuts, there is a unique opportunity to take some chances on some strong value plays in this year's field.

Jhonattan Vegas doesn't have a realistic chance of claiming the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus even if he wins the Tour Championship. However, hopefully there should be some newer National Football League players that take a crack at PGA DFS for the first time. He will win the FedExCup if he also wins the tournament, as would the next four seeds - Patrick Reed, Day, Adam Scott and Paul Casey.

Johnson is coming off a victory in the BMW Championship, his third of the year. He followed that up with a 42nd-place finish at the BMW Championship.

Jordan Spieth is good man and an honest Texan.

Golf Channel will stream their Tour Championship TV coverage on Golf Channel Live Extra, while NBC Sports will stream their weekend coverage on NBCSports.com, through their NBC Sports Live Extra app. Last year, Spieth shot a final-round 1-under 69 to finish at 9 under and win by four strokes over Danny Lee, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

World number four Jordan Spieth would cherish Ryder Cup glory above a second FedEx title over the next fortnight.

The long-hitting Johnson has always been an elite player but has taken his form to another level this year, winning three tournaments in quick succession after improving various aspects of his game, particularly his wedge play.

Scott follows at +1000.

Day has now hit 30 total weeks as the world No.1, becoming the 10th longest reign in history but still 301 weeks behind his stated goal of bettering Greg Norman's 331 weeks. So when I got the chance for a behind-the-scenes culinary tour of the TOUR Championship, I figured, why not? But it's a fun challenge, the chef said, scrolling through pictures on his phone of the morning's breakfast: pancakes poured into rather disturbingly accurate portraits of the tournament's top players by Washington-based pancake master Nathan Shields. His name has not been mentioned recently in Ryder Cup conversations, and Love has said a "hot golfer" would not necessarily receive the 12th spot on the USA squad that will take on the Europeans next week. Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) is the only player to have twice won the $10 million bonus. For him, just getting to East Lake was worth celebrating.

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