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August 8, 2023

The top 70 have advanced to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs, leaving Justin Thomas (71st), Adam Scott (72nd) and social media star ???? Joel Dahmen (84th) in the dust bin.

The three-event series opens with the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tenn. The venue: TPC Southwind, which swallows the most water balls on Tour.

Here are the favorites to win:

⛳ Scottie Scheffler (+600): It’s always worth examining ???? Scheffler’s Top 5 (+150), even if his streak of seven straight ended last month at the Open (T23).

⛳ Jon Rahm (+850): The FedEx Cup points leader turned in a solid T5 last year at this event at TPC Southwind, carding four sub-70 rounds.

⛳ Rory McIlroy (+850): Rors actually missed the cut last year at Southwind (70-69) but enters this week in sizzling ???? form. He hasn’t finished outside the Top 10 since May.

⛳ Patrick Cantlay (+1400): The Human Rain Delay has had a sleepy, though profitable ($7.8M), season.

⛳ Xander Schauffele (+1800): The X-Factor finished in the Top 20 in all four majors.

⛳ Viktor Hovland (+2000): They say Southwind is a ball-striker’s course. And this guy can paint ????.