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Tour Championship 2013: Ranking Top Contenders to Win FedEx Cup

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 19, 2013

LAKE FOREST, IL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Tiger Woods hits off the fourth tee during the Final Round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 16, 2013 in Lake Forest, Illinois.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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The final leg of the FedEx Cup, the Tour Championship, will determine who walks away with $10 million as the FedEx Cup champion. 

Only the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings will play this event, which begins Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The top five in the standings—No. 1 Tiger WoodsNo. 2 Henrik Stenson, No. 3 Adam Scott, No. 4 Zach Johnson and No. 5 Matt Kuchar—are all guaranteed the $10 million if they win the Tour Championship. 

Still, all 30 players still have a shot at the top spot. Nevertheless, I believe the champ will come out of the top five.

Here is how I rank the top contenders. 

No. 3: Matt Kuchar

Since 2009, Matt Kuchar has been as steady a player as you're going to find on the PGA Tour. It is no surprise or coincidence that he is in the top five heading into the Tour Championship. 

Kuchar is one of just players with multiple PGA victories this year and this is the first time in his career he's pulled off that feat. 

Over the past three years, he hasn't finished lower than 18th in the FedEx Cup, winding up second in 2010. 

He's been steady and solid in his FedEx Cup run and has never finished lower than 25th in the Tour Championship when he's qualified for the event. 

No. 2: Henrik Stenson 

Henrik Stenson has had a great season and he's closing strong.

Stenson finished 21st at the U.S. Open, was second at both the British Open and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, and followed that up with a third-place finish at the PGA Championship. 

Stenson was 43rd in the first leg of the FedEx Cup event, but threw himself into contention by winning the Deutsche Bank Championship. Stenson wasn't at his best form last week, but still managed to finish 33rd at the BMW Championship to enter the Tour Championship second in the FedEx Cup standings. 

For Stenson, the key is going to be his putter. He has been striking the ball well all season and this will leave him in the mix. If he can sink a few putts, he has a great shot of winning the $10 million. 

No. 1: Tiger Woods

For all the commentary about what is wrong with Tiger Woods' game, the world's No. 1 has had a fantastic year and has a great chance at walking away with $10 million after this weekend. 

He is the standings' points leader and is the only player who can draw upon the experience of having won the FedEx Cup twice. 

While he hasn't added a major to his resume this season, he's been excellent. Woods has played 15 PGA events this year. He's made the cut in each of them and has picked up five wins. 

He also has eight top-10 finishes. That kind of consistency is custom-made for this event, and with Woods entering the final leg of the FedEx Cup standings owning the lead, he is going to be very hard to overtake. 

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