The FedEx Cup Playoffs

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Justin Bifolco, Sports Editor

The FedEx Cup Playoffs is a four tournament series hosted every year by the PGA Tour, usually played from late August to late September. After each event in the Playoffs, the field of players gets smaller. It is one of the biggest events hosted throughout the year. Each golfer in the field plays with great focus and concentration in hopes to be crowned the champion golfer of the year, and the winner of 10 million dollars.

The first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs was the Northern Trust, which was hosted in Old Westbury, New York. 125 players played in this event. Current world number one, Dustin Johnson, and current world number two and former world number one, Jordan Spieth battled for the top spot on the back nine, eventually leading to a playoff. Dustin Johnson’s 341 yard tee shot on the 18th hole was a huge factor in helping him beat Spieth. Johnson, after hitting a beautiful and far tee shot, hit a lob wedge to 4 feet and was able to cap all that off with rolling in the birdie putt to win his fourth victory of the year and give him the early top spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The Dell Technologies Championship, hosted in Norton, Massachusetts, was the second event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. 25 players from the field are now eliminated. 100 players are left. Players are hoping to shoot well in order to secure a position in the next event. Justin Thomas, after all four rounds in this event, shot a total of 267, a -17 to par, giving him the victory in this event by 3 strokes.

The third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs was the BMW Championship. The top 70 players are now in the field. Australian golfer, Marc Leishman, won this event with an incredible 5 stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose.

The final event. Top 30 players are in the field. 10 million dollars and champion of the year on the line. Projected to win was Jordan Spieth. Spieth however, finished tied for 7th place which would not win him the FedEx Cup. Rookie Xander Schauffele pulled through to win the Tour Championship by 1 stroke over Justin Thomas. Unfortunately for Schauffele, even with this win, he was unable to win the FedEx Cup due to a lack of points. Instead it was Justin Thomas who would come up on top and win champion golfer and of course 10 million dollars. It was a hard fought battle for all of the players in the field to get to where they ended up. Thomas was able to cap off an incredible year with winning one of PGA Tour’s biggest events. Will Justin Thomas be able to defend his title next year? Or will a new champion be crowned?

 

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