Morikawa eager to savour taste of success after debut Open triumph
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Sunday’s epic final round at the BMW Championship brought to a close the penultimate FedEx Cup play-off event of 2021 season, as Patrick Cantlay was the man to come out on top thanks to a dramatic six-hole play-off win over Bryson DeChambeau.
After the pair were tied on 27-under-par following the end of regulation play at Caves Valley, the Americans continued their remarkable battle through one of the all-time great PGA Tour play-offs, as it was Cantlay who would prevail after five tied-holes in the shootout.
Following his victory in Maryland the world No 4 is now the man to catch heading into Thursday’s final event of the season at the Tour Championship, as he tops the FedEx Cup standings.
DeChambeau also more than played his part in the superb encounter at Caves Valley, and his efforts were rewarded with a third place position in the standings with one play-off event to play.
Last week’s leader, and Northern Trust Tony Finau has surrendered his top spot to the BMW Championship winner, but still has every chance of securing his first ever FedEx Cup as he finds himself just one spot back in second.
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World No 1 Jon Rahm will still fancy his chances as he makes the trip to Atlanta for this week’s Tour final in fourth place in the overall points standings, following his tied-eighth finish in Maryland after his final round of 70 saw him shoot 18-under-par for the tournament.
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy will no doubt be feeling much better about the trip to East Lake than he was last week, after he comfortably cemented his Tour Championship spot with a fourth place finish at last week’s BMW Championship after shooting 22-under across the four days.
McIlroy headed to Caves Valley knowing he required a strong week if he was to qualify for this week’s finale as he precariously sat in 28th spot, with the top 30 qualifying.
As a result, the Northern Irishman showed the Maryland crowd glimpses of his scintillating best throughout the week to ensure he booked a place in Atlanta for the seventh time in eight years.
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One man who also has his BMW Championship performance to thank for his Tour Championship inclusion is Sergio Garcia.
The Spaniard began last week’s event outside the all-important top 30 spots, however a hugely impressive week saw the 2017 Masters champion finish in a tie for sixth on 20-under moving him into 28th in the FedEx Cup rankings, securing his first East Lake performance in four years.
The Tour Championship is of course an event like no other, with staggered starts implemented depending on a player’s FedEx Cup positioning.
As a result, the leader will begin the tournament on 10-under, second on eight-under, third on seven-under, fourth on six-under and so on.
Here is a full list of how the 30-man field will kick off their Tour Championship week.
10-under: Patrick Cantlay
Eight-under: Tony Finau
Seven-under: Bryson DeChambeau
Six-under: Jon Rahm
Five-under: Cameron Smith
Four-under: Justin Thomas, Harris English, Abraham Ancer, Jordan Spieth, Sam Burns
Three-under: Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im, Viktor Hovland, Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson
Two-under: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Na, Brooks Koepka
One-under: Corey Conners, Hideki Matsuyama, Stewart Cink, Joaquin Niemann, Scottie Scheffler
Level-par: Daniel Berger, Erik van Rooyen, Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel, Patrick Reed
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