Atlanta, Georgia – Sunday at the PGA Tour’s season finale at East Lake, the leaders in the final pairing struggled. Paul Casey and Kevin Kisner could only manage 73 and 70 respectively. Meanwhile, one of the Fedex Cup front runners – 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 the 23 year old rookie found himself at 12 under par – walking away with a one shot victory over Thomas at the Tour Championship. Schauffele most certainly will take PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors. Thomas by virtue of his 2nd place finish is the 2017 Fedex Cup Champion.
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 the season long Champion and the $10 million payday that comes with winning the Fedex Cup title.
Thomas’ 66 Sunday at East Lake was nearly good enough for a playoff with Xander, but his birdie putt on the last just slipped by, but it was a dream season for the 24 year old from Goshen, Kentucky.
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