JT demolishes Medinah to secure top spot in FedEx Standings


That’s all we heard for four days at Medinah Country Club in Illinois as the best golfers in the world tore up the course at the 2019 BMW Championship, the 2nd leg of the PGA Playoffs. The course record of 65 was matched twice and beat two more times — Hideki Matsuyama shot a 63 on Friday (and then again on Sunday) and then Justin Thomas shot a 61 on Saturday to set the record, including a beautiful hole-out from 16. Thomas dominated all four days to finish -25 (65, 69, 61, 68), which secures JT the number one spot heading into the TOUR Championship. This was JT’s first win of the season and it could not have come at a better time.

JT did have some competition this weekend however. The aforementioned Matsuyama was in position to lead but could not hold on after shooting a 73 (+1) on Saturday, the same day JT had the course record. Patrick Cantlay, who was coming off back-to-back T12 finishes, shot 66-67-68-65 (266) to finish -22 and moved up two spots in the FedEx standings from 6 to 4. Finau was in the final group alongside Cantlay and JT and despite shooting all four rounds in the 60’s, it was not good enough to catch JT.

BMW Championship Final

Pos Player Total Β F4 FedEx Cup
Proj Start

J. Thomas πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

-25 -4 1 15

P. Cantlay πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

-22 -7 2 6

H. Matsuyama πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

-20 -9 15 33

T. Finau πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

-18 -3 12 19

J. Rahm πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

-16 -3 6 5

B. Snedeker πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

-16 -4 18 22

C. Conners πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

-15 -3 23 27

L. Glover πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

-15 -3 29 41

A. Scott πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

-14 -5 13 14

K. Kisner πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

-14 -3 20 21

Full BMW Championship Results

JT moves up 14 spots to the #1 in the FedEx Cup Standings with only one event remaining. The PGA Tour has upped the ante for the TOUR Championship and the #1 seed has a big advantage going into the tournament. The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings make the Tour Championship and due to what happened last year (Tiger winning the TOUR Championship and Justin Rose finishing #1 in FedEx points) the leader will start the 2019 TOUR Championship -10, while the 30th player will start even par.

FedEx RankStarting 
No. 1-10
No. 2-8
No. 3-7
No. 4-6
No. 5-5
Nos. 6-10-4
Nos. 11-15-3
Nos. 16-20-2
Nos. 21-25-1
Nos. 26-30E

There will be some prominent names missing from the TOUR Championship, staring with Tiger. Tiger Woods finished T37 at the BMW and will not be able to defend his TOUR Championship title from 2018 as he did not qualify in the top 30 (of the FedEx Cup standings). Tiger might have had a shot if he did not withdraw from The NORTHERN TRUST, however TW looked pretty good on Saturday, carding a 67 (-5) and making some impressive putts. This puts an end to Tiger’s season and even though he didn’t play that well in the last few months, he is still the current Masters champion. We won’t see Tiger again until October for the ZOZO Championship in Japan.

Another name that will miss the TOUR Championship is Jordan Spieth. Spieth has been playing better as of late, but did not take advantage of the soft conditions at Medinah and finished T37 (alongside Tiger). Spieth was 44th in the standings before the BMW Championship and he is currently 44th, so no movement there. The final spot in the TOUR Championship was earned by Jason Kokrak, who started the BMW Championship 32nd in the standings and moved up the 2 spots he needed to.

Up Next

Aug 22-25*: TOUR Championship, East Lake GC, GA

FedEx Cup Standings

115Justin Thomas3,475
26Patrick Cantlay3,157
31Brooks Koepka3,119
42Patrick Reed2,946
53Rory McIlroy2,842
65Jon Rahm2,517
74Matt Kuchar2,339
87Xander Schauffele2,030
911Webb Simpson1,946
108Abraham Ancer1,940
119Gary Woodland1,912
1219Tony Finau1,911
1314Adam Scott1,874
1410Dustin Johnson1,840
1533Hideki Matsuyama1,821
1613Paul Casey1,768
1712Justin Rose1,739
1822Brandt Snedeker1,709
1917Rickie Fowler1,637
2021Kevin Kisner1,635
2116Marc Leishman1,587
2224Tommy Fleetwood1,479
2327Corey Conners1,476
2426Sungjae Im1,407
2518Chez Reavie1,394
2620Bryson DeChambeau1,371
2728Louis Oosthuizen1,355
2823Charles Howell III1,345
2941Lucas Glover1,337
3032Jason Kokrak1,254

Author: Brandon Rosenthal

I’m a sports fanatic, podcaster, and sports blogger. Sports is a passion of mine and I enjoy connecting with other sports fans out there. You can follow me on twitter or here on Wordpress.

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