• Thomas strengthens grip on Player of the Year
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    Thomas strengthens grip on Player of the Year

    ATLANTA – Clarity hasn’t exactly set in for the PGA Tour, but there are a few elements that are coming into focus. Although Justin Thomas still needs two more solid rounds at the Tour Championship to put the finishing touches on what has already been a career season, his second-round 66 moved him into a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Webb Simpson. It also brought the Jack Nicklaus Award one step closer to the PGA champion. Prior to the playoffs, most players said Thomas was the favorite to win the Tour’s Player of the Year Award – which is voted on by the players – unless something dramatic happened in the postseason. The rough translation was: If either Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson or

  • Rose rebounds from injury with Friday 66
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    Rose rebounds from injury with Friday 66

    ATLANTA – Justin Rose awoke Wednesday morning with an aching left shoulder and figured he must have slept on it wrong. When he woke on Thursday for Round 1 at the Tour Championship his level of concern elevated dramatically. “For some reason it got really bad overnight Wednesday and woke up just really struggling Thursday morning,” said Rose, who opened with a 2-under 68. “My whole team worked really hard around me to rally, just kind of sucked it up yesterday and got through the day, weathered the storm.” Rose, who primarily teed off with his 3-wood on Thursday to limit the strain on his shoulder, said he felt better on Friday for the second round and his score reflected that improvement. The

  • Kevin Kisner takes helicopter from Atlanta to Athens for Georgia-Mississippi State game
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    Kevin Kisner takes helicopter from Atlanta to Athens for Georgia-Mississippi State game

    ESPN.com Georgia alum Kevin Kisner planned ahead. He just didn't know he would finish Saturday tied for second place in the Tour Championship at 10-under after carding the lowest score in Round 3, a 6-under 64. Friday evening, Kisner turned to Twitter to try to find a helicopter that could take him from East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta to Saturday night's showdown between No. 11 Georgia and No. 17 Mississippi State in Athens, Georgia -- after he finished his third round, of course. When you're three shots off the lead at the Tour Championship, but have equally pressing concerns on Saturday. Moving into contending position didn't stop Kisner from following through on his plan, as he hopped into