ATLANTA – On Tuesday, Jordan Spieth wondered how Dustin Johnson endured last year’s finish at the Tour Championship. Johnson had begun the finale atop the playoff points list but finished in a tie for sixth place. He then had to wait through a playoff between Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell to see if he had won the FedExCup. If Moore or Chappell were to win the overtime set, DJ takes home the $10 million. “I mean he's sitting there not able to control a $7 million difference [between first and second on the season-ending points list], like that doesn't happen anywhere else,” Spieth said. “It's like having a $7 million bet on a fight that you're not even taking part in.” McIlroy ended
Paul Casey shot a 5-under 65 to build a two-shot lead in the Tour Championship. That leaves him one round away from ending eight years without winning on the PGA Tour in the biggest way possible. Casey holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and escaped with par on the closing hole at East Lake. He was at 12-under 198, two shots ahead of Kevin Kisner (64) and PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele (65). Casey's only PGA Tour victory was in 2009 at the Houston Open. A victory Sunday might be enough to also give him the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus. Justin Thomas had to rally for a 70 and fell five shots behind. He's still in the hunt for the FedEx Cup.
Associated Press ATLANTA -- Xander Schauffele ended his rookie season by winning the Tour Championship. Justin Thomas ended the best season with the FedEx Cup. Schauffele, a 23-year-old worried about keeping his PGA Tour card just over three months ago, swirled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a 2-under 68 to beat Thomas by one shot and become the first rookie to win the Tour Championship. Thomas had plenty of reasons to celebrate his runner-up finish. He capped off a season of five victories and his first major championship by claiming the $10 million bonus. He closed with a 66 after he narrowly missed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th. It was the first time since 2009 that