JUSTIN Thomas has claimed the $US10 million FedEx Cup after American rookie Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
American world No.4 Thomas posted a four-under-par 66 at East Lake Golf Club and his 11-under total earned second place at the US PGA Tour’s play-offs finale, his runner-up finish knocking FedEx leader Jordan Spieth out of top spot.
Schauffele carded a 68 for a 12-under 268 total and a one-shot win over Thomas was the 23-year-old’s second Tour victory this year.
Schauffele also became the first PGA Tour rookie to win the Tour Championship. Americans Russell Henley (65) and Kevin Kisner (70) tied for third at 10 under, while overnight leader Paul Casey continued his eight-year winless streak in the US after slumping to a 73 for a solo fifth place at nine under.
Spieth, who won the 2015 FedEx Cup, appeared likely to bag another massive payday when he reached eight-under during his final round and was projected to take out golf’s richest prize.
But a bogey at the par-3 15th led to a 67 and at seven-under his share of seventh opened the door for good friend Thomas to cap a whirlwind year. Thomas’ five Tour victories this season include a breakthrough major title at the US PGA Championship in August.
Meanwhile, the Australian contingent fizzled on day four.
Starting the round six shots back of the lead and with an outside chance for his first win since May 2016, Jason Day faded with a 74 to finish tied for 17th at two under.
Compatriot Marc Leishman also struggled, shooting a 72 to share 24th at three over.
As a top five seed, Leishman entered this week assured of the FedEx Cup if he won the Tour Championship.