The TOUR Championship is the culmination of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season and the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs. The road to the TOUR Championship began with the top 125 players qualifying for The Barclays (won by Patrick Reed), followed by the top 100 players at the Deutsche Bank Championship (won by Rory McIlroy) and the top 70 players at the BMW Championship (won by Dustin Johnson). Each playoff event, including this week’s TOUR Championship, offers 2,000 FedExCup points to the winner.
Second-Round Leaderboard
Dustin Johnson                         66-67—133 (-7)
Kevin Chappell                          66-68—134 (-6)
Kevin Kisner                              67-70—137 (-3)
Hideki Matsuyama                     66-71—137 (-3)
Ryan Moore                              70-68—138 (-2)
Paul Casey                               68-70—138 (-2)
Rory McIlroy                             68-70—138 (-2)
The top-five players in the FedExCup standings entering the TOUR Championship control their own destiny and will win the FedExCup title should they go on to victory at East Lake.
FEC            Name                           Position                 FedExCup Projection
1                Dustin Johnson             1                                        1
2                Patrick Reed                 T19                                     2
3                Adam Scott                  T11                                     3
4                Jason Day                    WD                                     7
5                Paul Casey                   T5                                       4
A points reset took place following the BMW Championship giving all 30 players in the field at the TOUR Championship a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup.
Jason Day withdrew during the second round as a precautionary measure due to a back condition. Day’s management team released the following statement.  –  “Jason has a strained ligament in his lower right back with muscle spasm. He withdrew as a precautionary measure. Jason should be fine with some rest after a long break in the offseason.”
It is the second consecutive event in which day has been forced to WD after also withdrawing during the final round of the BMW Championship. Day will receive last-place/unofficial money and no FedExCup points for the TOUR Championship.
Dustin Johnson, No. 1 FedExCup, Projected No. 1
Playing the TOUR Championship for the seventh time in his career, Dustin Johnson holds a one-stroke lead at the halfway point at the season-ending event in search of his career-best fourth win of the 2015-16 season and his first FedExCup trophy. Johnson, who has finished 5thand T5 in his last two starts at East Lake Golf Club (2013, 2015) is No. 1 in the FedExCup standings after a win in his last previous start at the BMW Championship. His second-round 67 marks his seventh consecutive round on the 60s, the longest active streak of players remaining from this year’s FedExCup Playoffs.
This marks Johnson’s 10th career 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR, and fourth of the season. Here’s a look at his previous leads/co-leads after two rounds.
36-hole lead/co-lead                             Result
2010 Northern Trust Open                      T3
2010 AT&T Pebble Beach                      Won
2013 Tournament of Champions             Won
2013 WGC-HSBC Champions                 Won
2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship         T4
2015 Open Championship                      T49
2016 U.S. Open                                     Won
2016 RBC Canadian Open                      T2
2016 BMW Championship                      Won
The last player ranked No. 1 in the FedExCup standings to hold the 36-hole lead was Tiger Woods in 2009. Woods finished second at the TOUR Championship that year to Phil Mickelson, but won the FedExCup. If he were to go on to victory, Johnson would be the first player to enter the TOUR Championship at No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and win the event since Tiger Woods in the first FedExCup Playoffs in 2007.
With three victories this season (U.S. Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, BMW Championship), Johnson is joined by Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Russell Knox as one of the five players to capture multiple victories this season.
Johnson and Tiger Woods are the only players to win a major championship, World Golf Championships title and a FedExCup Playoffs event in the same season.
Most top-10s in FedExCup Playoffs history:
Name                     Top-10s
Jim Furyk                16
Dustin Johnson       14
Steve Stricker         13
Jason Day              12
Adam Scott            12
Sergio Garcia          11
With his win at the BMW Championship, Johnson joined Rory McIlroy with the second-most wins on the PGA TOUR since 2008.
Most PGA TOUR victories since 2008:
Player                    Wins
Tiger Woods           18
Dustin Johnson      12
Rory McIlroy           12
Jason Day              10
Phil Mickelson         10
Johnson has recorded 14 top-10 finishes in 21 starts this season, the most of any player.
Johnson’s win at the U.S. Open extended his TOUR-leading active streak of winning at least one tournament in each of his first nine seasons on the PGA TOUR.
Scenarios for Dustin Johnson to win the FedExCup;
  • If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup
  • Has a reasonable chance of winning with a top-5 finish
  • Can finish as low as 29th and still have a mathematical chance of winning
Dustin Johnson’s FedExCup Playoffs performance
Year        Final Rank     Began Playoffs Rk        Barclays     Deutsche Bank       BMW                TOUR Champ
2008        134                117                               MC (134)
2009        14                  15                                 T15 (20)      T4 (10)                    T30 (11)            27 (14)
2010        5                   11                                 T9 (6)          T57 (16)                  1 (2)                  T22 (5)
2011        4                   19                                 1 (1)            T42 (2)                    T65 (2)              T23 (4)
2012        8                   26                                 T3 (8)          T4 (6)                      T6 (7)                T10 (8)
2013        13                  16                                 CUT (22)     T27 (23)                  T62 (30)            5 (13)
2014        30                  6                                  DNP (14)     DNP (22)                 DNP (30)           DNP (30)
2015        7                   7                                  T9 (6)          T44 (8)                    T7 (7)                T5 (7)
2016                             2                                  T18 (3)        T8 (3)                      1 (1)
Kevin Chappell, No. 15 in FedExCup, Projected T5
Kevin Chappell has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs for six consecutive years but this is his first appearance in the TOUR Championship.
Chappell’s opening bogey-free 4-under 66 was Thursday’s only bogey-free opening round. He extended the streak through his first 10 holes on Friday before recording his first bogey of the week at the par-3 11th.
Should Chappell go on to win, he would join Chad Campbell (2003), Bart Bryant (2005), Bill Haas (2011) and Henrik Stenson (2013) as players to win the TOUR Championship in their first appearance (not including Tom Watson’s win at the first TOUR Championship in 1987). He would join Campbell as the only player to make the TOUR Championship their first career PGA TOUR victory.
Chappell owns four top-5 finishes this season. In addition to a T3 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Chappell recorded three runner-up finishes this season (RSM Classic, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, THE PLAYERS Championship).
Scenarios for Kevin Chappell to win the FedExCup;
  • Wins the TOUR Championship
  • Dustin Johnson (#1) finishes 9th* or worse – currently 1st
  • Patrick Reed (#2) finishes T4th* or worse – T19
  • Adam Scott (#3) finishes T3 or worse – T11
  • Jason Day (#4) finishes in a 3-way tie for 2nd or worse – WD
  • Paul Casey (#5) finishes T2 or worse – T3
*Tie for FedExCup
Second-Round Leader Statistics
The second-round leader/co-leader has won 14 of 29 times at the TOUR Championship. The last was Billy Horschel in 2014.
Dustin Johnson holds the second-round lead/co-lead for the 10th time in his career and fourth this season, most recently at the BMW Championship where he was victorious.
Additional Player Notes
Rory McIlroy is one of three players tied at 2-under-par, five shots back of leader Dustin Johnson. McIlroy is 12 shots better on the back nine this week playing the front nine in 5-over-par and the back nine at 7-under.
Justin Thomas was given a 1-stroke penalty after rules officials deemed that his ball moved as Thomas placed his putter behind the ball on the 11th green. With the penalty, Thomas’ score was changed from a bogey to a double bogey due to the penalty.
Adam Scott lies T11 at even-par. Scott is the only player with top-10 finishes in the first three Playoffs events (T4/The Barclays, 4/Deutsche Bank Championship, T4/BMW Championship) and is seeking to become the fourth player to finish inside the top 10 in all four FedExCup Playoffs events in a single season. No player has ever finished inside the top five in all four Playoffs events in the same season. Scott won the TOUR Championship in 2006; his best finish in six appearances since the start of the FedExCup era is T6 in 2011. His only other top 10 at East Lake was T9 in 2014, his most recent appearance in the season finale.
Paul Casey (T5) is making his third appearance at the TOUR Championship, advancing to the season finale with two runner-up finishes, but without a victory, in each of those three seasons. This season, Casey was second at both the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship. Last season, a T5 finish at the TOUR Championship followed playoff losses to James Hahn at the Northern Trust Open and Bubba Watson at the Travelers Championship. In 2010, Casey had runner-up finishes at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play and BMW Championship before finishing T4 at the TOUR Championship.
First Timers at the TOUR Championship
Seven players are making their first appearance at the TOUR Championship this week: Russell Knox, Emiliano Grillo, Justin Thomas, Kevin Chappell, Si Woo Kim, William McGirt and Jhonattan Vegas.
FedExCup Notes
Here’s a year-by-year look at FedExCup winners and their performance throughout the Playoffs in the years they won:
FedExCup Champion
Deutsche Bank 
Jordan Spieth
Billy Horschel
Henrik Stenson
Brandt Snedeker
Bill Haas
Jim Furyk
Tiger Woods
Vijay Singh
Tiger Woods
Rookies and the FedExCup
Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim are two of seven PGA TOUR rookies who have qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs. Grillo, at No. 9 in the FedExCup standings, and Kim (No. 18) are the only two who advanced to the TOUR Championship. Previously, in the history of the FedExCup Playoffs, no more than one rookie in a season has qualified for the TOUR Championship.
Miscellaneous Notes
This year, the front and back nine holes at East Lake have been reversed for the TOUR Championship, providing significantly more drama on the finishing holes from past years. The opening hole, a 469-yard par 4 (previously No. 10), has proved to be a difficult starting hole, with 24 bogeys and just six birdies through two rounds.
Scoring Averages for the par-70 East Lake Golf Club:
                                             Front 9             Back 9              Total       Cumulative
Thursday                                35.933              34.967              70.900
Friday                                    35.276              34.897              70.172     70.536
Bogey-free rounds:
R1 – Kevin Chappell (66)
R2 – None