Justin Thomas had an inkling back in January that this season might be something special. More than winning the Sony Open for a sweep of Hawaii and his third victory in five starts, it was how he won. Thomas opened with a 59 and never let up until he set the PGA Tour's record for lowest 72-hole score and won by seven shots. Instead of trying to protect a lead, he left everyone in his wake. "I felt like after that, I learned a lot to where I could kind of ride that momentum out for the year," Thomas said. But there was a moment early in the week at Waialae that might have set the tone for a FedEx Cup title that came down to the last hour. Thomas played with Jordan Spieth when he shot 59, and the
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds. Xander Schauffele, 23, may have won the Tour Championship Sunday in an upset, but the fact that the final event came down to a duel of youthful talent was fitting. After Sergio Garcia's victory at the Masters, the rest of this year's big prizes all belonged to rising young stars. Justin Thomas (24) won the PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup, and he will be the Player of the Year. Si Woo Kim (22) won The Players, Brooks Koepka (27) won the U.S. Open and Justin Spieth (24) The Open. Forty feels old again on the PGA Tour. - Randall Mell On a still underwhelming season finale ... It always
Matthew Southgate was lining up a putt at the DAP Championship - a Web.com Tour event - and just as he tapped his ball, a little leaf blew over and hit it. If a player's ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by, or comes to rest in or on, any moving or animate outside agency, except a worm, insect or the like, the stroke is canceled. Southgate didn't replace or replay the shot and finished his round, so he was given a four-stroke penalty - two for violating Rule 19-1b and a pair for signing a wrong scorecard. Southgate entered the DAP Championship at ninth in the Web.com Finals - the four-tournament series where the top 25 money winners, not already exempt, earn PGA Tour cards for the following season.