Week 33

THOMAS JUMPS TO WORLD NO.5

PGA TOUR - BMW Championship

Justin Thomas closed with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay, who shot 65 and moved into the No. 2 spot in the FedExCup standings and moves to World No. 5.

Thomas started with a six-shot lead and still led by that margin through seven holes. Three holes later, Cantlay narrowed the lead to two shots with eight to play. Thomas answered with three birdies on the next five holes, and Cantlay couldn't keep up.

 

Thomas has won a total of 11 tournaments, 8 PGA Tour titles, 1 Major Championship, 1 WGC and 1 international title.

 

European Tour - D+D Real Czech Masters

 

Thomas Pieters ended his three year wait for a fourth European Tour title as he claimed a one-shot victory at the D+D Real Czech Masters moving from 101 to World No. 84.

                                                                                                    

Pieters, who secured his maiden win at the Prague venue in 2015, became the first man to win this event twice courtesy of a nerveless 69 which contained five birdies and two bogeys.

 

The 2016 Ryder Cup star led from start to finish on Sunday, with four birdies on the front nine keeping the chasing pack at arm's length and a further gain at the 12th powering him over the line.

 

The winning margin could have been even greater, with Pieters narrowly missing a number of birdie chances early in his fourth round, but he also produced some wonderful par saves on the back nine as he made frontrunning look easy.

 

Pieters' playing partner Adri Arnaus finished alone in second place on 18 under par after carding an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys in his closing 69.

 

Korn Ferry Tour - Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship

 

Dallas native Scottie Scheffler won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after posting a final-round 4-under 67 to claim the title at 12-under 272.  Scheffler breaks into the World’s Top 100 for the first time at World No. 91.

 

A trio of players including Brendon Todd, Beau Hossler and Ben Taylor finished two strokes back at 10-under 274. Defending champion Robert Streb and third round co-leader Brandon Hagy finished tied for fifth at 9-under 275.

 

After notching a string of birdies at the fourth, fifth and sixth holes at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, Scheffler dropped his only shot of the day with a bogey at No. 7. Hagy, playing in the final group immediately behind Scheffler, holed out for eagle at No. 7 to jump two shots ahead of Scheffler at the time. A flawless inward nine with birdies at Nos. 12 and 16, combined with Hagy and others failing to mount a challenge, secured the second victory of the season for Scheffler.

 

“This definitely does a lot for my confidence,” Scheffler said. “It’s nice to get another win, it's a lot of fun. So, I'm looking forward to the next couple weeks and then getting the (PGA TOUR) season started here in about a month.”

 

Scheffler led the Korn Ferry Tour in birdies during a stellar rookie season, earning his first professional victory at the Evans Scholars Invitational in May. He closed the Regular Season at No. 3 in The 25 to earn his PGA TOUR card for 2019-20. During a standout career at the University of Texas, Scheffler qualified for the U.S. Open in 2016 and 2017, earning low-am honors in the latter.

 

“My goal at the beginning of the year was to hopefully get the No. 1 spot and it's nice to be in position to lock that up,” Scheffler said.