Atlanta, September 24: Reigning CIMB Classic champion Justin Thomas capped off a remarkable season by winning the PGA Tour’s season-long FedExCup competition and the US$10 million bonus with a runner-up finish in the Tour Championship at East Lake.
After starting the final round five strokes back of leader Paul Casey, Thomas fired a four-under-par 66 to finish one shot behind winner Xander Schauffele. Thomas’ second-place finish earned him 1,200 FedExCup points for 3,000 total points to surpass Jordan Spieth in the standings by 660 points. Spieth shot a final-round 67 to finish T7 and earn 340 FedExCup points.
Thomas entered the FedExCup Playoffs second in the standings. He retained his position in the top five of the FedExCup standings with a T6 result at The Northern Trust and followed that up with a three-stroke victory over Spieth at the Dell Technologies Championship to stay at No. 2. Finishing T47 at the BMW Championship was good enough to remain in the No. 2 spot.
Thomas began the 2016-2017 season by earning three victories in his first five starts, successfully defending his CIMB Classic title last October and then chalking up back-to-back victories at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawaii early this year. Thomas’ 59 in the opening round of the Sony Open made him the youngest of seven players (eight times) to record a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour (23 years, 8 months, 14 days).
In August, Thomas claimed his first Major with a two-shot victory in the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.