After an up-and-down season, part of which was lost due to a wrist injury, Justin Thomas put together a performance for the ages in Medinah, Ill., last weekend. Thomas won the BMW Championship, his first victory of the season, and now sits atop the FedEx Cup standings headed into the Tour Championship.
Thomas’ victory was thanks to a record-setting Saturday. After hanging near the top of the leaderboard going into the weekend, Thomas catapulted up the board with fix straight birdies to start his round and two eagles on the back-nine. He finished at 61, a whopping 11 strokes under par, blasting through the course record of 63 set by Hideki Matsuyama one day prior.
Then on Sunday, with a sizable lead over the field, Thomas was able to overcome inconsistent driving with excellent approach shots and sensational putting. He finished the round at -4, bringing his total score to -25 for the tournament and winning by three strokes.
Starting On Top
The victory now puts Thomas in first place in the Tour Championship beginning on Thursday. The PGA has changed the format of its final playoff event, giving each of the 30 golfers a starting score depending on where they rank in the FedEx Cup standings. That means Thomas has the enviable position of starting play on Thursday at -10, two strokes over second-place Patrick Cantlay.
The top of the leaderboard at Medinah had golfers who will all compete for a FedEx Cup title this week at East Lake in Atlanta. Cantlay finished with a score of -22 and will start play on Thursday at -8. Matsuyama shot a 63 on both Friday and Sunday, finishing at -20 and in third place. He’ll start the Tour Championship at -3, tied for 11th.
As for the rest of the top five, Tony Finau was in contention to win before Thomas’ domination but still finished in fourth place at -18. He will have the exact same score as Matsuyama to start his round in Atlanta. And Jon Rahm finished fifth with -16, his second straight top-five finish. He’ll begin at -4, tied for sixth place.
Taking The Top Spot
This is the first time Thomas has been atop the FedEx Cup standings this year. He took the spot of Brooks Koepka, the four-time major champion who won the latest PGA Championship. Koepka dropped down to third after the BMW Championship and will start at -7.
Patrick Reed, who won the Northern Trust two weeks ago, will be in fourth place at -6, and Rory McIlroy will round out the top five at -5.
The first round of the BMW Championship starts Thursday a little before noon ET. The final 30 golfers will tee off all four days, all with a chance to end the season as FedEx Cup champions.