Tour Championship leaderboard LIVE: Tiger Woods outright leader, Rory McIlroy close

The 2018 PGA Tour comes to end this weekend as the winner of the FedEx Cup is decided at the Tour Championship. The top-30 ranked players compete for the huge prize pot with the overall reward being a cool $25million. Bryson DeChambeau begins the week as the favourite to win the FedEx Cup outright but England’s Justin Rose and the resurgent Tiger Woods are all in contention. This is the first time Woods will be competing in the Tour Championship for years after returning to top form this season. Injury issues and personal problems have plagued his career over the

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Ryder Cup 2018: Are USA really underdogs? Why Patrick Reed claim is WRONG

The Masters champion enjoyed a successful match against Europe in 2016, memorably defeating Roy McIlroy in a fiery singles encounter.

The 28-year-old automatically qualified for Jim Furyk’s 12-man team after a terrific year in which securing the Green Jacket was the pinnacle.

USA’s 2016 triumph was their first win in the biennial match since 2008, and their biggest margin of victory since 1981.

The Americans haven’t won away from America since 1993, however, which Reed believes puts Team USA as underdogs heading into the tournament.

“We’re going to go in and feel like we’re the underdogs and try to play the best that we can. We can’t wait to get over there and try to end the drought of not winning overseas,” Reed declared.

“I feel that kind of takes a little bit of pressure off us and puts more pressure on the European team.

“Because they’re the ones that have had so much success overseas, that everyone thinks we’re going to come in and they’re going to win the Cup again.

“I think the biggest thing is we finally got a taste of victory. Having us in control of the Cup right now means we have the confidence in ourselves. We’ve won, we feel great and the guys on the team are playing really well.”

The bookies don’t agree

USA – 8/11

Europe – 6/4

USA are favourites with the bookies, who are backing them to win back-to-back Cups for the first time since 1993.

The Paris crowd, as home audiences always do, will play a massive part at Le Golf National, but that is not to be overestimated.

In selecting wildcard picks for his side, Europe captain Thomas Bjorn expressed his reluctance in adding to the five rookies who qualified automatically.

USA have three in comparison, and also better Europe in that important field of experience – boasting a combined 34 Ryder Cup appearances to Europe’s 30.

The pantheon of major winners in Furyk’s team also dwarfs Europe’s.

USA have 31 majors among their ranks, albeit 14 come from the legendary Tiger Woods. In response, Europe have just seven major wins.

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