January 24 2018

Tour Championship: A look ahead to Sunday's final round

January 24 2018, 01:58 | Sammy Rose

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Thomas lands $10m prize as FedExCup champion

Justin Thomas has claimed the $US10 million FedEx Cup after American rookie Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Three players are tied for the lead heading into the weekend at the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

Schauffele would've gone down as one of the most unlikely champions in FedEx Cup history, a 23-year-old rookie who was simply anxious about keeping his tour card before an incredible summer stamped him as another rising star.

Schauffele sank a two-foot foot birdie putt at the final hole, his ball catching the edge and circling the cup before dropping in.

Thomas carded a final-round four-under 66 to finish 11-under, one back from tournament victor Xander Schauffele. Like Casey, he could become the first player since Bill Haas in 2011 to make the Tour Championship his only win of the season. Patrick Reed and Justin Rose highlight a group of four golfers one-stroke off the lead at minus-six.

"There's a lot of people I know, a lot of people that love me and like me out here", Kisner said.

There will be 144 players in the field - including Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion, the victor of five majors, a World Golf Hall of Fame member - and the tournament, presented by Chevron, carries a $6 million purse. A solo runner-up showing would earn Thomas 1,200, more than enough to surpass Spieth for 1st to take the FedEx Cup crown.

Casey, who is looking for his second career USPGA Tour win and his first in eight years, is at 12-under 198 in the final tournament of the PGA Tour's 2017 playoffs.

Casey stumbled with some errant tee shots into the troublesome rough for back-to-back bogeys in a 67 that slowed his momentum.

"I just want to get within striking distance", Johnson said. FedEx Cup leader: Jordan Spieth. He finished sixth in the tournament previous year.

The Englishman, who last tasted success at the 2014 KLM Open, made five birdies, one eagle and two bogeys to put himself in the driving seat going into Sunday's final round. With so many big names jumping ship for the US - McIlroy, for example, played just three events on European soil this year - the European Tour's lower-tier events are more sparsely attended than ever, meaning the players who do show up rarely get a chance to play against the very best.

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