The curtain comes down on the 2018 PGA Tour season with the Tour Championship hosted, as ever, by East Lake GC in Georgia. There is big money on offer this week at some of the best new bookmakers, not just for the tournament winner, but also whoever claims the FedEx Cup. Here are three golfers to take close notice of.
Is the Northern Irishman ready to throw off the shackles of 2018, a season that offered early hope, flickered briefly with victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but will go down, ultimately, as one of frustration?
The superstars of the game are notoriously difficult to judge. The are almost always interviewed and can't help but talk their game up because to do otherwise would be a bit foolish. Yet there was a sense two weeks ago at the BMW Championship that McIlroy was finally heading in the right direction and that he knew it.
Moreover he ranked first for Strokes Gained Off the Tee, Tee to Green, Approach and Proximity to the Hole. None of that much matters if the finishing position isn't number one, but he did record a 62 and a 63 along the way.
He's far from the being the most consistent golfer on the planet, but when the 31-year-old is hot he tends to make the most of it. His first PGA Tour win, in 2013, came off the back of three top tens. A year later he finished 2-1-1 at the end of the season to win both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup. Admittedly his win last year was off the back of four missed cuts, but his success in New Orleans this April came after fifth and T11th.
Now he heads to East Lake, where he has finished seventh and first, fresh from a pair of tied thirds. There is also more to that course form, because he's always had a fondness for Donald Ross designs.
A veteran of 21 major championship he has only one top ten, but his third best effort in golf's big ones was when he logged T23rd at Pinehurst in the 2014 US Open, a more impressive effort than it first appears because his round one 75 left him T106th on Thursday evening. In the last three seasons he has also recorded a fifth and a T11th at Sedgefield. Whilst that tied third two weeks ago was at Aronimink. That's four Ross courses he has performed superbly on.
He's currently highly motivated, desperate to boost his world rankings and keen to have his involvement in next year's majors confirmed by the end of the year. "I want to get back to where I feel I should be," he said two weeks ago. "I don't feel my ranking does me justice for the how good a player I am." He makes an intriguing outsider at 33/1 with Ladbrokes.
You can guarantee one man will be watching Casey very closely this week: European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, who handed the Englishman a wildcard selection last week, a somewhat controversial move given the 41-year-old's injury problems and lack of form.
Six months ago Casey was in great nick, ticking 16 top 20s in just 20 starts prior to winning the Valspar Championship. He made another six in his following eight starts, but now he's five tournaments without one.
Panic stations? Well, Bjorn has placed his trust in experience and perhaps a similar strategy might pay off this week.
Casey has played this course four times and never ended the week outside the top five. Three times he has ranked top six for Driving Accuracy and all four times he was top six for Greens in Regulation. He knows how to get it from tee to green here and he averages 28.58 putts per round.