The 2018 Tour Championship begins this Thursday at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club and runs from September 20-23. The event is the final tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs and features only the top-30 FedEx Cup points leaders after the earlier Northern Trust, Dell Technologies Championship and BMW Championship whittled the field down from 125. The event also reshuffles the points total to make for a more even affair, allowing a victory for any of the top-5 ranked golfers to automatically win the FedEx Cup. The current contenders are, from 1st to 5th, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. The $9 million dollar prize fund and the small field promises for a highly competitive tournament.
East Lake Golf Club
Founded in 1904, Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club has hosted the Tour Championship annually since 2004. The course, designed by Donald Ross in 1913, is famous for being the home to legendary golfer Bobby Jones while he first learned and later mastered the game. The course was updated and lovingly restored in 1993-1994 by Rees Jones. Jones sought to maintain many of Ross’ original design elements while lengthening the course to account for technological advances in golf. East Lake Golf Club has seen many notable Tour Championship winners throughout its years of hosting, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson (twice), Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
Fans looking to soak in the experience first hand have numerous ticketing options. Basic grounds tickets cost between $25-$70 for daily access, while a weekly grounds pass is only $175. More inclusive ticket options include the Ultra Club, a venue complete with food options, a full bar, patio and outdoor covered stadium seating. Ultra Club tickets range from $50-$125 depending on the day. In addition, undergraduate and graduate college students can get a grounds ticket for only $30 with a valid student email address. Military veterans are also eligible for discounted tickets while active members of the military can enjoy complimentary admission. Military and veteran ticket holders also have exclusive access to the Birdies for the Brave Military Patriot Outpost facility. Lastly, youth 18 and younger have free grounds access with a paying adult.
For folks unable to attend in person, television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and NBC for all four days. Thursday and Friday coverage is provided by the Golf Channel 1-6pm ET. Saturday coverage begins on the Golf Channel from 12:30-2:30pm before switching to NBC 2:30-6:30pm. Championship Sunday begins noon-1:30pm on the Golf Channel before NBC takes over primteime coverage from 1:30-6pm. Radio coverage is also available through PGA Tour Radio on Sirius XM and PGATour.com.