Tour Championship. Xander Schauffele Wins. FedExCup Justin Thomas Wins.

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Rookie Xander Schauffele wins the Tour Championship, Justin Thomas wins the FedExCup.

Thomas captures FedExCup

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Justin said it was a tough day winning the FedExCup and coming second in the Tour Championship, with a final round of -4 under 66 for tournament  total of -11;

“It was a grueling day for sure.”

“It’s just huge and it’s awesome just because I feel like I played so well this year.”

“I was consistent. I mean, a lot of great weeks and great memories even. Life-changing events that just kind of ended with another kind of life-changing thing for me.”

“To just have my name on the trophy with the rest of those guys is pretty awesome.

“I was just trying to win the golf tournament and to win the FedEx Cup is a huge bonus and to now have won $10m is a weird feeling, as it didn’t come from winning the golf tournament.”

Xander and his wild ride this rookie season, winning the TOUR Championship with a final round -2 under 68 for a -12 under par total.

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A Happy Xander

“This year has just been a wild ride as I somehow managed to wrangle my way from last week into the Tour Championship and it has been like I have been weasling my way around all year.”

“So, to stand here and hold the Tour Championship trophy is a real honor.”

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Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Wins Maiden European Tour title

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Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, wins his Maiden European Tour title at the Portugal Masters, at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Portugal.

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Lucas breezed to his Maiden win at the Portugal Masters with a final round -6 under 65 to post a winning score of -20 under par, a four shot victory; 

“I’ve been in this position a couple of times before so to finally come through and get my first win feels really good.”

Today is up there with one of my best rounds.”

“Not so much the six under around here, I’ve done that before, but under the pressure some of the shots I hit.”

“The two shots I hit on 17 are some of the best I’ve hit in a long time.” 

“I felt like it was my time to go out and grab it and not wait for someone to hand it to me.”

Marc Warren from Scotland claimed second place at -16 under par, with a last round of -4 under 67.

Eddie Pepperell, England, -4 under par 67 today and Graeme Storm, -3 under 68, also from England shared third place, another shot back at -15 under par.

Best placed local players were tied in fifth place at -14 under par; Ricardo Gouveia, -6 under par 65 today, and José-Felipe, -4 under 67.

Ricardo suddenly started to putt really well;

“It was an amazing day for me, in front of home crowds as well. On the last day, on a Sunday, it was really, really nice.”

“I played a lot better today. I knew I had good chances, good opportunities on the back nine. I just stayed patient.”

“I rolled a good putt on 11, a good putt on 12, and all of the sudden, I started believing that I could get close to the leaders.”

“Overall, I’m really happy with the week.”

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TOUR Championship. Paul Casey In Front.

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Paul Casey of England, is in front after 54 holes at East Lake in the Tour Championship, and now has a good chance of picking up the FedExCup.

Casey in front at East Lake

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On moving day at the TOUR Championship Paul put together a -5 under par 65 third round to top the leaderboard at -12 under par, and will take a two shot advantage into the final round tomorrow his quest for the FedExCup and the TOUR Championship.FedExCup-winning scenarios

Paul was thinking of winning;

“It would be amazing.”
“For me, the most important thing is to try to win the Tour Championship.”
“I was told some of the scenarios, and I said, ‘It’s all irrelevant if I don’t get the job done.”

“Keep doing what I’ve been doing. Hopefully tear up that front nine and if you have to react because somebody has gone bananas or I haven’t made enough birdies on the front, then you do that on the back.”

In second place at -10 under are Kevin Kisner,USA, -6 under 64 today, and Xander Schauffele, USA, -5 under 65.

Xander has nothing to loose;

“I had nothing to lose last week, and I have absolutely nothing to lose this week.”

Jordan Spieth has not played well this week, -1 under 69 today, and -4 under for the Championship, but remains firmly in contention for the FedExCup;

“I’m not far off. I’ve just made some bad mistakes trying to do too much.”

“Unfortunately, I’m not really in control of my own destiny at this point, but I’ll go out tomorrow, try and shoot a really solid round of golf and then do some cheer leading.”

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Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads

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Lucas Bjerregaard, from Denmark, leads the Portugal Masters after 54 holes at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in Portugal.

Portugal Masters

Lucas Bjerregaard / getty

Lucas carded -3 under par 68 in the third round to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard at -14 under par for the tournament.

Lucas is looking for his first European Tour victory;

“It feels good, it’s been a rough year for me so to be in contention again feels really good.”

“I played well in Switzerland two weeks ago and I’ve been seeing my game go in the right direction the last month or so, so to be in contention is great.”

“I’m in a place where I’m still building confidence but it feels good.”

“This is what we play for, this is where I want to be. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

George Coetzee, South Africa, at -13 under par is close behind, he scored -4 under 67 today;

“It’s amazing. Today was probably the best day of the lot and also the most frustrating.”

“I feel like I’ve left a lot of shots out there.”

“it should be fun playing with a bit of pressure and I’m looking forward to it. I’m feeling good, I’ve kind of got a game-plan for everything.”

“You never know what golf can throw at you but I’m just doing the stuff I want to do.”

Three players are tied in third place at -12 under par, Bertasio Nino, Italy, even par 71 today, Eddie Pepperell, England, -3 under 68 and Marc Warren, Scotland, -1 under 70.

Eddie is looking for a good round tomorrow;

“Today was trickier, definitely conditions were pretty windy and some pins were tucked and the greens were not ideal and it was not easy so I was happy.”

“Tomorrow will be no different for me and if I can do that then I believe, the way I’m playing, I can go out there and shoot 66, 67 and that might be god enough.”

“It’s all in my hands, really, I’ve just got to go and do it.”

Marc was happy to be under par on the day, with a good putt on the last;

“The putt on the last from about 20 feet was the best chance I had on the back nine so overall pretty pleased to get off under par.”

Bertasio had problems putting in the wind;

“I didn’t make any putts at the beginning, pretty much all day. I think it just shows how tricky it was this afternoon with the wind.”

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TOUR Championship. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard after 36 holes; Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey are the stars at East Lake.

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Justin, USA,  carded an Eagle at the par five 18th for a second round -4 under 66 at the Tour Championship to tie the lead at -7 under par with Webb Simpson,USA, -3 under 67, and Paul Casey of England, who signed for a second round -4 under 66.

Justin commented that he did not make any putts today, makes you wonder how far in front he would have been if he had putted well;

“I really haven’t made anything.”

Paul has not won on the PGA Tour since 2009, but said it would be cool to win here;

“It would cap off a very good season to make a very good season a great season.”

“It would be a lot of satisfaction in that.”  

“It’s amazing how this golf course just bunches and you can’t seem to get away, guys are right there sort of biting at your heels, so it’s going to be a tough one.”

“The honor of winning around here at East Lake and the history here, I think that would be the coolest thing.”

Four players are one shot back at -6 under par; Justin Rose, England, -4 under 66 today, Gary Woodland, -3 under 67 and Patrick Reed, who had the low round of the day, -5 under 65, both players from the USA, and they are joined by Jon Rahm, Spain, who carded a second round -3 under 67.

Rosie is coming right at the right time;

“I think there’s always a lag effect to the things you work on and when they show up, so it was just kind of fortunate timing for it to begin in the Playoffs.” 

“It feels a little bit similar to the beginning part of the year where I was playing nicely going into Augusta and trying to time that peak.”

“It would be nice if I could figure that out this weekend, time it pretty close.”

Jon is only here for the title;

“I don’t play for the money. I’m not playing because I want to be a millionaire. I’m playing because I want to be the best golfer I can be.” 

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Portugal Masters. Bertasio Nino of Italy Leads.

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Bertasio Nino of Italy has the half-way lead in the Portugal Masters  at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

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Bertasio Nino

Bertasio signed for a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard after the 36 holes, at -12 under par;

“I’m feeling good, the game’s really good. I had a bogey-free round today and it was very easy golf.”

“I just missed one green and I chipped it to one foot so I never really struggled to make pars and had a lot of looks at birdies and I made some and missed some so it was a very easy six under.”

“I’m really playing well, I’m hitting the ball well. It’s a very good golf course if you’re playing well because if you hit it well you’re going to do well.”

“I’m really happy with what me and (caddie) Rich are doing out there and we’re both looking forward to the weekend.”

Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, with a bogey free -6 under 65 today and Marc Warren of Scotland, -7 under 64, bogey free, share second place at -11 under par.

Defending Champion Padraig Harrington, Ireland, is four shots back at -8 under following his second round of -4 under par 67, and is in a good position going into the weekend to make a challenge.

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TOUR Championship. Kyle Stanley has the 1st round Lead.

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Kyle Stanley has the 1st round lead at the TOUR Championship at East Lake.

Stanley leads at East Lake

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Kyle carded an opening round -6  under par 64 to take a two shot lead at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard;

“When we played our practice rounds I thought it was,  a pretty difficult test.”

“It was nice to get off to a pretty fast start, making four birdies in a row.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under, after their opening rounds of 66, they are; Paul Casey, England, Brookes Koepka, Daniel Berger and Webb Simpson.

Webb explained how hard it is to get this far in the championship, due in part to better putting;

“It’s hard to get here, I feel like the competition on the PGA Tour’s better every year.”

“Purses are bigger, there’s FedEx Cup points, guys are hungrier than ever.”

“And next season starts my 10th season, so I’m not that young anymore.

“So yeah, it felt a lot more special this year after missing two in a row, and knowing that I had a tough mountain to climb.”

 “I’ve been putting better, and I’ve been thinking better.”

“Add those two things up, I haven’t hit it great this year but I’ve hit it good enough, I guess, and the ball striking is coming.”

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