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.