FedEx Cup 2017
Sep 25th, 2017
FedEx Cup – Justin Thomas lands $10million prize
JT trousers the loot as Xander Schauffele makes Tour history
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images Styling: GolfPunk
24-year-old Justin Thomas completed an incredible year by adding the FedEx Cup to his list of achievements in 2018: Five PGA Tour victories including a major at the PGA Championship. Wow. Just wow.
Xander Schauffele is hardly complaining either, as he became the first rookie to win the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. Xander carded a two-under 68 to finish 12 under par and win by one shot from Thomas, who finished on 66.
Paul Casey led by two overnight and was in a strong position to claim the $10m (£7.4m) cup bonus. However, the 40-year-old had three bogeys on the front nine, his eventual 73 leaving him in fifth on -9.
It was perhaps Casey who had most to gain by winning here. For all his talent and fine play, he still hasn't won a major and time is running out. Having his name on the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup trophies would have left a golfing legacy which is threatening to look like a tale of 'if onlys'.
Casey, who has not won a PGA Tour title since 2009, had opened the tournament with rounds of 66, 67 and 65 but faded badly in the last round, surrendering his lead quickly and eventually finishing 10th in the FedEx Cup standings.
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Jordan Spieth led the standings at the start of the week and a -7 finish in Atlanta T7th) left him American 660 points behind Thomas in second place overall.
Any of the 30 players in the field theoretically had a chance of the $10m (£7.4m) payout, (yeah, right) but only the top five in the standings were assured of doing so by claiming the $1.53m (£1.12m) first prize in Atlanta.
Spieth began the week with a 200-point lead over Thomas, with world number one Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman and Jon Rahm in contention.
The action went this way and that and Spieth was actually on course to to win the FedEx Cup when he eagled the 10th with a hole out and then grabbed a birdie at 13.
As Thomas moved into a share of the lead for the tournament with birdies on the 16th and 17th, Spieth had already slipped up with a bogey at 15.
Schauffele was having none of Thomas's advances though, and coolly birdied the last to win.
"As a competitor you are mad that you didn't win the tournament but then you realise what an unbelievable honour this is, the fact that you can win something over the entire course of the season," said Thomas.
Schauffele trousered a cool $3.5m (£2.6m) on Sunday, and said: "I'm a little speechless. I thought I'd missed the putt to win the tournament and fortunately it just lipped in.
"I was very relaxed for most of the day and got really nervous when I saw the leader board on 16."?