Tour ChampionshipSeptember 24, 2017

Justin Thomas wins FedEx Cup, Xander Schauffele claims Tour Championship for second victory of his career

TOUR Championship - Final Round
Sam GreenwoodATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 24: Xander Schauffele of the United States plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 24, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Justin Thomas made a valiant effort at winning the Tour Championship on Sunday, making birdies on two of his last three holes to finish at 11-under 269. His final-round four-under 66 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta ultimately would be one-stroke short of PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele, but it was enough to claim the FedEx Cup title and the $10 million that comes with it.

Thomas, 24, becomes the first player in the last eight seasons to win the FedEx Cup despite not winning the Tour Championship. The solo second-place finish earned him 1,200 points, leaving him more than 700 points ahead of FedEx Cup runner-up Jordan Spieth, who finished at seven-under 273 in a tie for seventh at East Lake.

Schauffele's final-round two-under 68 earned him his second win of his career, the first coming just 11 weeks ago at the Greenbrier Classic. It caps off what will surely be a rookie-of-the-year-worthy season, one that featured his two victories, three top-10s, 10 top-25s and more than $6 million in total earnings. The win makes him the first rookie to win the Tour Championship.

Russell Henley finished the Tour Championship in a tie for third with Kevin Kisner at 10-under 270, thanks to the low round of the day, a bogey-free five-under 65. It's his best career finish at the Tour Championship, and his fifth top-10 showing this season.

Kisner, 33, posted an even-par 70 that featured four birdies and four bogeys. The T-3 finish is the best of his career at the Tour Championship.

Despite taking a two-shot lead into the final round, Paul Casey was unable to close the deal, posting a three-over 73 to finish in fifth at nine-under 271. It's his 16th top-five finish in the last three seasons.

Finishing in solo sixth at eight-under 272 was U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who shot a one-under 71.

Joining Spieth at seven under were Tony Finau and Jon Rahm, each making their first appearance at the Tour Championship.

Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar finished in a tie for 10th at six-under 274.


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