Thomas Wins Fedex Cup, Schauffele Wins Tour Championship PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates with the Fedex Cup, while Xander Shauffele shows off

the Bobby Jones "Calamity Jane" replica putter for winning the Tour Championship

Atlanta, Georgia - Sunday at East Lake saw the leaders in the final pairing struggle.

Paul Casey and Kevin Kisner could only manage 73 and 70 respectively. Fedex front

runner Justin Thomas was looking to grab the season long title and began charging

up the board after starting the day five shots back. Rookie Xander Schauffele who

started the day just two shots back, made the the turn at even for the round, but

after birdies at the thirteenth and eighteenth he found himself at 12 under par -

walking away with the victory at the Tour Championship and most certainly will take

Rookie of the Year honors. Jordan Spieth, who for most of the playoffs held the pole

position could only manage a tie for seventh after shooting 67 on Sunday.


Justin Thomas came out on a mission Sunday, included in his five birdies were the

two he made at the sixteenth & seventeenth that sealed the deal as Fedex Cup Playoff

Champion and the $10 million payday that comes with winning the season long title.

Thomas finished solo second at East Lake after a final round 66 that saw his birdie putt

on the last just slip by, but it was a dream season for the 24 year old from Goshen,



At his post round press conference he took out his cell phone and showed the media

his personal set of goals for the year. Winning the Fedex Cup wasn't on his list because

he realized the difficulty of the task, but when did he know that the season could be

a special one? "After Sony is when I felt like it had the chance because of the three

different ways that I won," Thomas said. "I was able to experience three things that

I hadn't experienced before."


Sure to be named Player of the Year honors, his season included:

- Led the PGA Tour with 5 wins, including the PGA Championship

- 4th player in last 57 years to win 5 times in a season including a major

(Nicklaus, Woods, Spieth)

- Lowest round to par in U.S Open history.

- Lowest 72 hole score in PGA Tour history

- 7th player in PGA Tour history to shoot sub 60 round

- Fedex Cup Champion









Leishman Goes Wire to Wire at BMW PDF Print E-mail


Marc Leishman celebrates at Conway Farms after winning the BMW Championship

Chicago, Illinois - After a tough finish in Boston a few weeks earlier at the Dell

Technologies Championship, Marc Leishman was intent on finishing off what he

had started at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. The 33 year old Aussie

did just that, with a virtuoso performance - going wire to wire and dominating

the field of top 70 in the Fedex Cup Standings.


With rounds of 62-64-68-67 (23 under par) Marc Leishman eclipsed Tiger Woods

tournament scoring record and really never allowed a challenger to get close on

Sunday. Justin Rose briefly got to within two shots midway thru the final round,

but Leishman answered with birdies at the eighth, fifteenth, sixteenth and just

for style a nice 15 footer on the last for the five stroke victory over Rose (who shot

a final round 65). "I had a few scars from a few weeks ago," Leishman said. "I was

just really, really determined to not let that happen again. Got it done."


Perhaps a much more meaningful story as it relates to the Leishman family is not

golf related. Along with his wife Audrey, (who nearly died of sepsis just two years

ago), the couple has led the cause for National Sepsis Month to spread awareness

about a disease that is estimated to kill nearly quarter of a million people each year

in the United States. Their Begin Again Foundation, helps families affected by sepsis

and toxic shock syndrome. In July, Audrey gave birth to the couple’s third child, Eva,

whom they call their “miracle baby.”



With his final round 65 and a tie for 7th, Jordan Spieth retains his lead atop the

Fedex Cup standings heading into East Lake for the Tour Championship.


Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Leishman and Jon Rahm round out the top 5

players who will automatically win the Fedex Cup with a win in Atlanta.















Justin Thomas Wins at TPC Boston PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas wins in Boston at the Dell Technologies Championship

Norton, Mass. - In it's typical Labor Day finish, there was much anticipation for

another dramatic finish at the '17 edition of the Dell Technologies Championship.

With Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey, Marc Leishman and Phil Mickelson

all in the mix early during Sunday's final round, it seemed like a shootout was

inevitable. In the end it was two close friends (and the two hottest players on the

PGA Tour) that were left battling not only for the win at TPC Boston, but also for

the pole position to win the Fedex Cup with the BMW Championship and Tour

Championship remaining.


Thomas eventually wore down the star studded leaderboard with his steady play,

(he only made two bogeys the entire week) enroute to a final round 66 and 17

under par total and a 3 stroke victory over his buddy Jordan Spieth. Spieth was

on fire to start the round going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie, but he faltered coming

in - bogeying the tough par 4 fourteenth and the finishing par 5 eighteenth.

Spieth also finished runner up last week in Long Island to Dustin Johnson and

reflected afterwards on another missed opportunity: "We came out firing, like I

said we had to do," Spieth said. "Eight through fourteen is the meat of the golf

course. You want to get through even. I got through over par and didn't get any

coming in when I hit some good putts.


Thomas mentioned "patience" and caddie Jimmie Johnson as the reasons for his

winning ways this season.


Leishmann, Mickelson and Casey all fizzled out on the back nine, leaving just the

two that have battled for nearly a decade now through AJGA events and the epic

NCAA Finals at Riviera where Jordan did "Jordan Things" to get the "W" over

Thomas and earn a national title for his Texas Longhorns.


Spieth holds a slim lead in the Fedex Cup standings, and with two playoff events

remaining, it's shaping up to be a grand finale in Atlanta.


















DJ Outduels Jordan Spieth at Northern Trust PDF Print E-mail



Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning the Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club.

Old Westbury, N.Y - World No.1 Dustin Johnson entered the day 3

shots behind Jordan Spieth at Glen Oaks Club, but after shooting 66

in regulation Sunday, it took one extra hole in Long Island to win the

Northern Trust Champion and leave New York atop the Fedex Cup

Playoff Standings.


After two early birdies, Spieth opened his lead up to 5 strokes and it

appeared a rout might be on, but a double bogey on the par 3 sixth

opened the door for DJ to climb back in it. When Johnson birdied the

tenth the two golf titans were tied. They traded birdies at the par 5

thirteenth, then Spieth rolled in an 8 footer to retake the lead at the

fourteenth. DJ countered with a 17 foot putt of his own on the fifteenth

to once again knot things up.


Both players failed to find the green on the par 3 seventeenth, each in

the right greenside bunker. DJ excavated his sand shot to just 4 feet

away, while Spieth faced nearly 20 feet after a his explosion ran out.

In typical Jordan Spieth style, he made the lengthy par putt that sent

the crowd into a frenzy, they knew they were seeing an epic duel.

Johnson made his par and the pair went to the last still tied.


Spieth piped his tee shot down the middle, but Johnson missed his

drive badly in right rough and then began the process of why and how:

"What am I doing?" Johnson said, "I hit myself in the worst possible

spot that I could. Even if I aim left and cut it and it goes in the bunker,

a much better position than I am in the right rough with 210 yards to the

hole. I mean, I've got no chance."


They each faced challenges once reaching the green. After DJ layed up

to a preferred yardage, he wedged to 17 ft away for his third. Meanwhile,

Jordan was 76 feet away after a mediocre approach. Spieth lagged to 3 ft

just about assuring his par. Johnson faced 17 feet for his par and to stay

alive and force a playoff. The putt caught the lip and circled the cup before

diving in, sending the New York crowd into bedlam. The first playoff event

was about to go into a sudden death playoff with two of the games

biggest stars (that finished regulation at 13 under par).


In the playoff, once again playing the eighteenth, the wind shifted to the

directions to helping variety, and Spieth once again split the fairway. Johnson

realizing the wind was to his back took a much more aggressive line over the

water and blasted the best drive all week - 341 yards. Spieth faced 174 yards,

while DJ had just 95 yards. Spieth's 7 iron hit just about pin high and released

to the back edge of the green some 25 feet away. Johnson hit his 60 degree

wedge to 4 feet - serving notice to the "Golden Child" that he would need to

make another bomb just to keep this battle alive. Spieth missed, and DJ

poured his dead in the center to end what was a classic duel.


With his 16th career PGA Tour victory, Johnson now is in prime position to

capture his first Fedex Cup next month at East Lake.


Jon Rahm (68) and Jhonattan Vegas (65) finished third at 9 under par.















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