Scott, Leish into Tour Championship

Ross Houston
August 19, 2019

Thomas answered with two clutch wedge shots, two big putts and sailed to a 4-under 68 to secure a three-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay, who gave him a battle to the end with a 65.

Woods missed out on qualification for the TOUR Championship, as did Jordan Spieth (USA, -7, T37), Phil Mickelson (USA, -5, T48) and last year's BMW Championship victor Keegan Bradley (USA, -6, T43).

"I hit a lot of great shots today but that (tee shot) was an under-rated one", Thomas said. He closed with an even-par 72 in the BMW Championship and tied for 37th, nowhere near what he needed to move into the top 30 in the FedEx Cup and advance to the season-ending Tour Championship next week at East Lake.

The 2017 PGA Championship victor seized his first triumph since last year's WGC Bridgestone Invitational, defeating Cantlay by three strokes, and claimed the top spot in the US PGA playoff point standings entering next week's season-ending Tour Championship.

No Asian-born player has been named the PGA Tour's top rookie since the award's inception in 1990.

Masters champion Tiger Woods will not be among them to defend his title at East Lake. "Those are special moments, and to be able to have an opportunity like that. and the rest of the tournaments I didn't really play as well as I wanted to, but at the end of the day, I'm the one with the green jacket".

The group of players now inside the top eight includes Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay.

"It's disappointing", Woods said about not returning to Atlanta.

"Last year culminated in a pretty special moment for me and would have been nice to go back there, " Woods said of his 80th PGA Tour title, which occurred in Atlanta last year.

Hideki Matsuyama took the 36-hole lead with a 63 until falling back with a 73. "I made too many bogeys around the green".

From there, the victor claims the Tour Championship and the US$15 million bonus for the FedExCup title.

"Guys giving me advice in the locker room how to finish off a tournament", Thomas said.

"I just stayed patient", Thomas said.

Thomas birdied the first five holes, answered a bogey at six with a birdie at the par-5 eighth, hit an incredible approach at the par-5 10th to set up a tap-in eagle and sank a 22-foot birdie chip from the rough at the par-5 14th. Thomas then helped out by hitting his second to the par-5 10th under a tree, hitting left-handed to get it out and making bogey.

Justin Thomas won the tournament with a score of 25-under-par through four rounds. And then after Cantlay rolled in a 15-foot birdie on the par-3 13th, Thomas matched him from 12 feet.

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