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 put him in solo second and one shot behind winner Xander Schauffele. But Thomas got the biggest prize of all.
Thanks to his runner-up showing, 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 reset standings at 1,800 points while Jordan Spieth held the pole position with 2,000 points.
Spieth mustered a T-7 finish at East Lake, actually closing in 67 with a hole-out eagle to do so, but that only earned him 340 points for the week. A solo runner-up showing earned Thomas 1,200, more than enough to surpass Spieth for first to take the FedEx Cup crown.
The battle was closer than that sounded, though, as Spieth and Thomas were at one point on the back nine projected to tie for first in the FedEx Cup standings. That would’ve brought on a sudden-death playoff for the $10 million prize. But Spieth played his final four holes in 1 over and Thomas played his in 2 under to pull away in this race.
Spieth does get $3 million in bonus money for his second-place finish in the FedEx Cup standings.
This ends a phenomenal 2016-17 season for Thomas. The 24-year-old 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).
This is the first time since 2009 that the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup have gone to different players (Tiger Woods took the FedEx Cup that year while Phil Mickelson won that Tour Championship).
Even if it wasn’t a Tour Championship victory for Thomas, this FedEx Cup title is a fitting end to his season. Congrats on the $10 million extra, JT!