photo courtesy the PGA Tour
The 2019 PGA Tour comes to a close this weekend when the Tour Championship returns to Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club. The action kicks off Thursday, August 22, before ending on Sunday, August 25. The tournament is only open to the top-30 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings after last week’s BMW Championship. The tournament boasts a $46 million prize purse and promises to be some of the most intriguing golf of the season. This year’s Tour Championship also features a format change, with golfers beginning the tournament with scores corresponding to their FedEx Cup rank, with number 1 Justin Thomas starting at -10, with advantages descending until golfers ranked 26-30, who start at even par. With the new changes, the winner of the Tour Championship is guaranteed to also be the FedEx Cup champion.
East Lake Golf Club
photo courtesy Atlanta Magazine
The course at East Lake was designed by Donald Ross in 1904 and received a facelift from Rees Jones in 1994. The course requires accurate drives, with its fairways among the narrowest on tour. However, there are few water hazards and the course can be forgiving on approach shots. Consistency will be key and if player can drive accurately and conquer the fast greens, they have a great chance at landing a 7 (or 8) figure payout.
Tickets are still available to the Tour Championship, starting with daily grounds tickets ranging from $35-$75. College students are eligible for a $40 grounds ticket throughout the 4 tournament rounds with a valid student ID. Upgraded tickets are also available, starting with daily Ultra Club tickets that range from $60-$180. The Ultra Club is an outdoor covered venue with upgraded food and beverages located on the 13th green and offering patio and stadium seats. For an all-inclusive option, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl College Corner provides greenside seating on the 9th hole, with a “tailgate style” menu of food and beverages. Tickets are only available for Saturday and Sunday for $250. In addition, children 18 and under qualify for a free grounds ticket with a paying adult. Also, all Active Duty, Reserve, and Retired Military will receive complimentary grounds access to the event, Wednesday through Sunday of tournament week. Veterans will have the opportunity to purchase a discounted ticket to the event.All vets and members of the military will also have access to the Patriots’ Outpost hospitality venue.
Justin Thomas, currently number 1 in the FedEx Cup standings. Getty Images.
Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and NBC. Thursday and Friday coverage is on the Golf Channel 1-6pm ET. Saturday starts on the Golf Channel 1-2:30pm ET before switching to NBC 2:30-7pm ET. Sunday coverage starts 12-1:30pm ET on the Golf Channel before ending on NBC 1:30-6pm ET. Streaming coverage is available through PGA Tour Live, available through NBC Sports Live. Radio coverage is also available through PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com .