Casey can soften blow of Ryder Cup snub with FedEx Cup riches

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There is plenty to sort out as the PGA Tour reaches its climax , with the destination of the FedEx Cup’s $10m prize at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Paul Casey – the top five in the standings – will all scoop the jackpot just by winning the Tour Championship, the season’s finale.

As all five join Rory McIlroy in our top six in the betting to claim victory in East Lake, there’s a good chance the oversized cheque heads in one of their directions.

Johnson leads the way at 4/1 and is in fine fettle having claimed the BMW Championship last time out. McIlroy is next at 5s, ahead of Jason Day – who has three top 10s at this tournament – at 8/1.

Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott are 9/1 and 10/1 respectively, but it could be the outside hope of Paul Casey, at 16s, that is really the one to watch.

The Englishman has finished solo second in his last two starts, was tied for fifth at the Tour Championship last year and finished in a share for fourth back in 2010.

However, with FedEx Cup points now reset, each of the 30-strong field has a theoretical chance of taking home the huge payday. Players outside the top five must win and hope results of that quintet go their way.

In order for last-placed Charl Schwartzel to triumph, for example, the South African needs to win at East Lake and hope Johnson finishes in the bottom two.

The pursuit of the FedEx Cup aside, nine of the field will also be tuning their games in time for the Ryder Cup the following week. Eight are part of Davis Love III’s American side, while McIlroy is the only European representative.

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