Before you pick this week's Tour Championship, you need to see who Sal Johnson is backing. The golf media legend is hot this year. For the Masters, Johnson featured Tiger Woods in his best bets. For the PGA Championship, Johnson was all over Brooks Koepka. Both won in historic fashion, and anyone who followed Johnson's advice was handomely rewarded.
Johnson has covered countless tournaments at Atlanta's oldest golf course, East Lake, which was Bobby Jones' home course. He knows exactly what it takes to win there. For last year's Tour Championship, Johnson said this about Tiger Woods and East Lake: "This is not only a perfect course for him to win on, it will also leave a lasting memory and three months for players to think about how good Woods could be in 2019." The result: Woods won his first PGA Tour event since 2013, finishing two strokes ahead of Billy Horschel on a final-round Sunday in which he was never threatened.
Now, Johnson -- the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer and the founder of the world's biggest golf stats database -- has submitted his coveted picks for the 2019 Tour Championship at East Lake.
We can tell you Johnson wants no part of Justin Thomas, the overall Vegas favorite, even through he comes in on fire after shooting 25-under to win last week's BMW Championship. "At the end of the day, a lead of two to four shots is not that big of a lead," Johnson said, referring to Thomas' starting advantage over Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed. "Thomas' driving was poor at the BMW Championship, and winning back-to-back is a tall order."
Instead, Johnson is high on a MONSTER long shot who's getting triple-digit odds despite his strong recent play in the Tour Championship. Anyone who backs this underdog could hit it BIG!
Who wins the Tour Championship? Where do Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy finish? And which COLOSSAL long shot stuns the golf world? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard and picks for the Tour Championship, all from the PGA insider who nailed last year's Tour Championship with Tiger Woods winning his first tournament in five years!