Justin Thomas bags $10m bonus

Thomas surges to share lead with Casey Simpson

Thomas surges to share lead with Casey Simpson

With Thomas and Schauffele leaving Atlanta as the triumphant pair, this was just another reminder that the power is resting in the hands of twentysomething Americans who are embarking on a new Golden Age for golf in the U.S.

Schauffele, a 23-year-old anxious about keeping his PGA Tour card just over three months ago, swirled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a 2-under 68 to beat Thomas by one shot and become the first rookie to win the Tour Championship.

Xander Schauffele was in 26 place on the FedEx Cup standings and had to work very hard during the BMW Championship to actually qualify to reach the Tour Championship.

That's not to say Thomas wasn't a worthy recipient. He capped off a season of five victories, including his first major at the PGA Championship, by claiming the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

Top-seeded Jordan Spieth followed his 70 on Friday with a one-under 69 to reach a four-under 206 total, eight shots back of Casey.

But it was Thomas who landed the big $10million-plus haul.

Among the list of things he wanted to accomplish: win at least once. Thomas, who finished at 11 under, had a putt on No. 18 that would have eventually gotten him into a playoff with Schauffele that narrowly fell to the low side. "I'm still kind of in shock".

"I want the win". "But it just wasn't meant to be, wasn't my week this week in terms of winning the golf tournament, but it definitely came with a nice consolation prize".

Ditto for The Players Championship and perhaps the Memorial. While that might be an improvement, it still seems more of a gimmick than a real solution.

"It's a tremendous honour and I'm really excited to have my name on the trophy".

Five players, including Thomas, controlled their own playoff destiny if they could capture the Tour Championship this week. Notes: The points are reset for the top 30 who qualified for the FedExCup finale, giving everyone a mathematical chance to win the $10 million bonus.

It wouldn't necessarily be the fairest format, but most playoffs aren't fair.

However, the 40-year-old Englishman could only card a closing 73 at East Lake, Atlanta, to finish nine under par, three shots behind the 23-year-old rookie Xander Schauffele, whose 68 left him a shot ahead of Justin Thomas.

Thomas' performance was highlighted by a 66 in the second and fourth rounds. He becomes the first man since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win the Cup despite not winning The Tour Championship. After that he's looking forward to a much-needed break. "My day just got a little bit better".

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