Rory McIlroy bested Brooks Koepka last week at the Tour Championship. The wise men in the desert don't think that defeat will linger.
Though the FedEx Cup's $15 million has yet to hit McIlroy's bank account, bookmakers have posted odds for next season's Tour Championship. According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Koepka will open as the favorite when the new season begins in two weeks, listed as a 5/1 favorite for the 2020 FedEx Cup.
Koepka ended the regular season atop the FedEx Cup rankings, winning the newly-minted Wyndham Rewards Top 10 for his efforts. Though he dropped from that standing in the playoffs due to a T-30 at the Northern Trust and a T-24 at the BMW Championship, Koepka entered the final round of the Tour Championship with a one-shot lead. Alas, Koepka was off on the final 18, making a double and three bogeys to finish in a tie for third.
"It was one of those days where even on the range, I didn't feel very comfortable with the driver," Koepka said. "I mean, I can't bring it every day."
Koepka remains the World No. 1 by a relatively large margin over McIlroy, who owns the second-lowest odds at 8/1. McIlroy has won the FedEx Cup twice in his career; the only other player to make such a claim is Tiger Woods. Dustin Johnson, who finished the season in a second-half slump, is third at 12/1, as is Justin Thomas.
Speaking of Woods, the 43-year-old is marked at 40/1 odds. Perhaps this figure is jaded by Woods' post-Masters performance, or the news that he recently underwent a clean-up on his left knee. Woods, who did not reach East Lake this year, shares odds with Collin Morikawa (who earned his card in just five professional starts this summer) and Viktor Hovland, who earned tour status through the Korn Ferry Finals.
Other notables include Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler at 25/1, phenom Matthew Wolff at 50/1 and Phil Mickelson at 250/1.