Jubilant JT Wins The BMW Championship& is #1 in FedExCup Standings.

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Justin Thomas cruised to victory in the BMW Championship, which put him in #1 spot for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club next week in the finals of the FedExCup.

Thomas victorious at MedinahJubilant Justin / getty

Justin shot -4 under par 68 to win the BMW Championship by three strokes at -25 under par at Medinah Golf Club in Chicago;

“I was really nervous today. It’s hard to play with a lead.”

“You don’t know how often things like this will happen, and it feels great.”

“The birdie on 11 was huge, that propelled me for the rest of the round.”

Patrick Cantlay was second with a -22 under total, a last round -7 under 65 was a great effort, but of course JT had a six shot cushion to play with at the start of play today;

“I knew I had to make birdies.”

“I needed to make any of the putts on 12, 14 or 15 if I really wanted to get some momentum on my side.”

“Seemed like him saving par on 12 was big. Then obviously I tried to get one back on 13, and then he made it on top of me.”

“So he just played really well. It was going to be hard for me to get to 25 under anyway.”

Hideki Matsuyama from Japan claimed third place with a -20 under total after shooting another -9 under par 63 round today.

The Tour Championship Top 30

  1. JUSTIN THOMAS                                2. PATRICK CANTLAY
  2. BROOKS KOEPKA                            4. PATRICK REED
  3. RORY McILROY                                  6. JON RAHM
  4. MATT KUCHAR                                  8. XANDER SCHAUFFELE
  5. WEBB SIMPSON                              10. ABRAHAM ANCER
  6. GARY WOODLAND                      12. TONY FINAU
  7. ADAM SCOTT                                   14. DUSTIN JOHNSON
  8. HIDEKI MATSUYAMA                 16. PAUL CASEY
  9. JUSTIN ROSE                                    18. BRANDT SNEDEKER
  10. RICKIE FOWLER                            20. KEVIN KISNER
  11. MARC LEISHMAN                        22. TOMMY FLEETWOOD
  12. COREY CONNERS                        24. SUNGJAE IM
  13. CHEZ REAVIE                                 26. BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU
  14. LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN                 28. CHARLES HOWELL III
  15. LUCAS GLOVER                             30. JASON KOKRAK

 

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Czech Masters. Thomas Pieters Wins.

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Thomas Pieters of Belgium wins the Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Club in Czechia.

Pieters powers to fourth European Tour title in PragueThomas / getty

Thomas won the Czech Masters by one shot at -19 under par after his final round of -3 under 69, his fourth European Tour title;

“It feels good to win again.”

“I never doubted myself but it’s just been a long road of not feeling that great with the golf swing. It feels good to get back on track again and get another win.”

“It’s difficult when everybody says you should be winning two or three times a year. It’s always nice to hear that but it’s almost a negative sometimes because I always felt like I was underachieving but hopefully there’s many more like this.” 

“I felt like I was in control today, almost the whole day and I kind of did my own thing.”

Adri Arnaus, the rookie from Spain claimed second place at -18 under, following his last round, also -3 under 69;

“I never gave up, I tried to make some birdies coming in and see if he would make a mistake but he didn’t.

“He was solid getting up and down on 15 and overall it was a really good battle so I’m happy.

“It came into my mind that it was sort of match play so I just tried to beat him over the last two holes, which I did but I came up one short.

“Every week I come out here I learn and I’ll take a lot from this one I’m sure. I’m just enjoying the process at the moment and hopefully I can be up there again in the next few weeks.”

Sharing third place with -16 under totals were; Andrea Pavan, Italy, with one of the low rounds of the day, -7 under par 65, and Sam Horsfield from England, with a final round -4 under 68.

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Justin Thomas sets new course record of 61 to lead the BMW Championship after 54 holes at Medinah Golf Club in Chicago.

Thomas shoots 61, leads BMW Championship by sixJustin / getty

Justin shot a an amazing -11 under par 61, and that included a bogey, in the third round at Medinah to lead the BMW Championship by six strokes at -21 under par, with a start of five holes, five putts and five birdies;

“I’m just trying to get my lead to seven right now, it’s at six. That’s the one thing I’m focused on.”

 “I’m just worried about trying to win this tournament tomorrow.”

“I felt good about my game for a while, and you don’t know when something like this is going to happen, a round like this.”

“We’ve all been talking the last couple of weeks that I’m due to have one and it’s nice when it happens.”

“At the end of the day, this round was great and awesome, but it’s over with and I need to go focus on tomorrow.”

Tied in second place those si shots adrift at -15 under are; Tony Finau, -4 under 68 today, and Patrick Cantlay, also carding -4 under par 68 for his third round.

Tony played alongside Justin;

“This golf course, when I played here on Tuesday for the first time, I was almost convinced a single digit score was going to win.”

“If you would have told me somebody would shoot 61 this week, I would have told you that’s a joke.”

“He was already playing well, and that shot on 16 put him over the top from well to really well.”

These two are the only players with half a chance to catch Justin, he is just cruising to victory.

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Czech Masters. Thomas Pieters Leads.

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Thomas Pieters of Belgium has the 54 hole lead in the Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Club in Czechia.

Thomas Pieters   (Getty Images)     Thomas / getty

Thomas put together a third round -6 under par 66 to lead the Czech Masters by one shot at -16 under;

“I think the key to that front nine was the driving. I hit it really far and straight so that was presenting a lot of birdie opportunities and a lot of short clubs into the holes.

“To convert the putt on nine after a wonderful six iron in was great, and it’s the closest I’ve come to a two on a par five.”

“I’m still learning all the time. I’m just trying to do the same things now. If I keep driving it well I’ll keep giving myself plenty of chances and then hopefully a couple of putts can drop.”

Sitting in second place, that one shot back at -15 under is Adri Arnaus, Spain, with a marvelous bogey free third round score of -7 under par 65;

“I felt pretty comfortable, obviously. It seems like this course is a good thing for me.”

“I go out there and enjoy myself, give myself good chances and I was able to take advantage of some of them.”

Four players are then tied in third place, all at -14 under for the tournament; Edoardo Molinari, Italy, -2 under 70 today, Hugo Leon, Chile, -5 under 67, Rikard Karlberg, -6 under 66  and Robert Karlsson, -5 under 67, both from Sweden.

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Hideki Matsuyama from Japan shoots a new course record of 63 to top the BMW Championship leaderboard at Medinah Country Club in Chicago.

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Hideki shot -9 under par 63, a new Medinah course record, in his second round at the BMW Championship to top the leaderboard at -12 under par, a hot putter helping. Hideki made 165 feet, 8 inches of putts, and his five successful putts from outside 15 feet are a career high, he said via an interpreter;

“I wish I knew why I putted so well today.”

“But I was happy that a lot of them went in.”

“As they went in, you start gaining more confidence and as your confidence builds, more putts go in, too.”

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in contention.”

“Hopefully I can play well. I’ve been struggling for awhile this year. Hopefully that can turn around and I’ll have a good weekend.”

Tied in second place at -11 under are Patrick Cantlay, -5 under 67 today, and Tony Finau, with -6 under par 66.

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Czech Masters. Edoardo Molinari Has Half-way Lead.

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Edoardo Molinari of Italy has the half-way lead at the Czech Masters on the Albatross Golf Club course in the Czech Republic.

Edoardo Molinari  (Getty Images)     Edoardo / getty

Edoardo carded another round of -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the Czech Masters leaderboard at -12 under, after 36 holes;

“I’m definitely playing differently on the course, I’m giving myself lots of chances.”

“Even today I could have made a few putts more and it’s just the way it is at the minute.”

“I’m playing very consistently, the equipment change helped me a lot at the beginning of the year.”

“I’m picking my spots, there’s a bit of engineering behind it, I’ve been doing it for a few months and it’s definitely paying off.”

“At the moment I’m very comfortable, I’m enjoying playing golf. I’ve been going through a tough few years so at the minute I’m just really enjoying myself on the golf course, I’m playing well so life is good at the minute.”

Thomas Peters, Belgium, has second place, with his second round score of -5 under 67, for a -11 under total, a four birdie finish grabbing his attention;

“I think on fifteen I told my caddie I was a bit bored today.”

“I was playing well but I wasn’t making anything. I was two under and a few back so it was nice to finish that way.”

Four players are then tied in third spot at -9 under par. Sam Horsfield, England, -6 under 66 today, Robert Karlsson, Sweden, -4 under 68, Hugo Leon, Chile, -3 under 69 and Matthias Schwab of Austria with his second round score of -7 under par 65.

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BMW Championship. FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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Two players are tied at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard after the first round of the FedExCup Playoffs of the top 70, at Medinah Country Club in Chicago. Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak share the honor.

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Justin & Jason both cared first rounds of -7 under par 65 to top the BMW Championship leaderboard.

Justin struggled at his warm-up routine;

“I couldn’t hit the ball, I had no idea what I was doing.”

“I mean, it’s been an odd season just because I’ve missed three tournaments.”

“But the difference with this season is and any other season is I’d won. I’m playing every bit as good as I have any other year, that’s for sure.”

Jason decided not to do number crunching, to see what he has to achieve here to progress to East Lake next week;

“You know, I thought about doing some number crunching and seeing what I had to finish.”

“But I think playing golf, putting myself in a good position to win a golf tournament, is going to get the job done.”

“I don’t think I need to worry about where I need to finish in the tournament. I’d rather go out and try to win.”

Five players are then tied in third place, one shot back at -6 under following their opening rounds of 66; Jim Furyk, Patrick Cantlay, Joel Dahmen, Lucas Glover and Brandt Snedeker are all looking good.

Jim is hoping  to play well enough to advance, a tough ask from 39th place;

“I’d much rather be in 20th place and know I’ve got a ticket stamped.”

“But I don’t have much to lose this week, to be honest with you, the only thing is upside.”

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