Going into the final round of The Tour Championship Paul Casey held a two shot lead over Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele after firing a third round 65. Lurking right behind them were a trio of Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas 5 shots back.
Sunday played out very interesting. It was fun to watch the back and forth of the lead of the FedEx Cup with all of the players trying to position themselves to win the $10 million bonus.
Paul Casey struggled all day to make birdies and ended up with a 73 (+3) and ended up 3 shots back at -9. Casey had a chance to win both trophies with the win couldn’t finish the deal.
At one point, Jordan Spieth holed out for eagle on 10 to move up the leaderboard, but grab the top of the board for the FedEx Cup. Spieth couldn’t make enough birdies to keep the lead for the Cup and ended up finishing second. Spieth almost holed out his second shot on 13 as well leaving himself a tap in birdie.
Justin Thomas played an awesome back and put himself into position to be tied for the lead standing on the 18th tee with Schauffele. Thomas hit a bad tee shot in the left rough which all but eliminated his chance to get home in 2 and almost eliminated his chances for birdie when his approach shot found the left rough as well. Thomas made a par 5 at the finishing hole and had locked up his first FedEx Cup after a 5 win season.
Schauffele came to 18 tied with Thomas and after splitting the fairway with a 340 yard drive he was just short in 2 and hit his lag putt up to a foot and a half. His birdie putt rolled around the hole 360º and found its way to the bottom and found his way to the winners circle for the second time this year. He also became the first rookie to every win the Tour Championship and all but locked up his Rookie of the Year trophy.
Dads Say So, no golfing dad won today but it was an awesome day for golf. If the day ended like it started we would have been a little disappointed in that Paul Casey could have won both trophies getting the win. Spieth and Thomas played some of the best golf all year and it should have come down to one of them. Casey hadn’t won an event since 2008 and we think that the PGA Tour should take a page out of the NASCAR playbook and make it so you have a win at somepoint during the year to qualify for the Tour Championship so someone with out a win could win the $10 million bonus. Congrats to Schauffele and Thomas. This was a great week for Schauffele and has cemented himself on the PGA Tour and Thomas capped off a great season and should end up being Player of the Year when the dust settles on the voting for that.