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Justin Thomas finished off a season where he had it all in style Sunday at the Tour Championship.
Thomas fired a closing 4-under 66 at East Lake Golf Club, catapulting him into contention for the title. He ultimately finished at 11 under, which has him in contention to win against Xander Schauffele, but even if Schauffele pulls it out, Thomas got the biggest prize of all.
Thanks to his at worst third-place showing (but likely a solo runner-up or better), Thomas is your 2017 FedEx Cup champion, earning a $10 million bonus payout for doing so. Thomas entered the proceedings at East Lake second in the standings at 1,800 points while Jordan Spieth held the pole position with 2,000 points.
Spieth mustered a T-6 finish, actually closing in 67 with a hole-out eagle to do so, but that only earned him somewhere around 400 points. A solo runner-up showing would earn Thomas 1,200, more than enough to surpass Spieth for 1st to take the FedEx Cup crown. Even a tie for third should get somewhere around 700, still making up the 200-point deficit to surpass Spieth.
This ends a phenomenal 2016-17 season for Thomas. The 24-year-old has won five times this season, including the PGA Championship (his first major title). He’s clearly emerged as one of the game’s brightest young stars (or put himself in the conversation even further).
It’s fitting it ended this way for Thomas. Congrats on the $10 million extra, JT!
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