DeChambeau controls his own FedEx Cup destiny

Hope Soto
September 25, 2018

It has been five years since 14-time major champion Woods' last win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a string of back surgeries forcing him to spend prolonged spells away from the course.

Having undergone spinal fusion surgery a year ago, Woods has defied belief during a US PGA Tour season featuring multiple chances to earn an 80th career victory.

The field has been whittled down to the top 30 for East Lake, all of whom mathematically have a chance of scooping the $10 million bonus for topping the FedEx Cup standings. "Conditions were soft there".

"You know, especially on a golf course like this where it's not easy to shoot - there's not too many 6 or 7 unders. You just can't control it".

Monahan said the victor of the FedEx Cup next year would make upward of $27 million, and he expected comprehensive player earnings to increase 12 percent, or more than $500 million.

He and Fowler led by one stroke from fellow American Gary Woodland and England's world number one Justin Rose.

A three-putt bogey at the first was the only blemish as Woods added four birdies before striking a crisp five-wood from 255 yards to the final green.

This week, at East Lake GC in Atlanta, marks the finale of the PGA Tour's 2017-18 season, where a nice trophy and more than a million bucks is up for grabs for the Tour Championship victor and a nicer trophy and a $10-millon bonus is on the line for the overall FedEx Cup champion.

"That takes a lot off stress next year because you can pick and choose your events for the whole season and tailor it to peaking around the majors", Smith said.

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"It would enhance the year", he said.

Tiger Woods hopes to find the missing ingredient in the last event of his injury comeback season and win the Tour Championship in Atlanta for an unprecedented third time.

That's kind of how I feel about Woods, who won this tournament in 2007.

Asked about his targets for this season, Woods replied: "Put it this way, I've exceeded a lot of them". "I didn't really mishit a single shot today".

"I'm excited to have an opportunity to do something that no one has ever done, which is pretty cool", Thomas said. "I haven't driven it well, I haven't hit my irons well, I haven't chipped it well, I haven't putted well. But ended up in the fairway and made par". That would be quite an achievement for a guy who just turned 25. He had finished his round and was doing interviews when he heard the head-turning roar of Woods making eagle.

This week's start at East Lake is particularly rewarding considering it's been five year's since he played the finale. I need to keep my game at the level that it is, maybe refine it a bit more, and stay healthy for that long. Asked if there was a possibility that his days of competitive golf were behind him, Woods gave an answer remarkable in its honesty: "Yeah, definitely". It's obviously great for our sport. Bradley won't be a part of the American Ryder Cup team.

"If we don't play well, we'll probably lose". "To be able to have played this well after coming off of what I came off of".

Bryson DeChambeau (20-1): It's so hard to remain emotionally and mentally engaged throughout five weeks of playoffs, even more so when you've already won two of those weeks. Finau overcame a pair of early bogeys for his 67. Rose has been a model of consistency for more than a year. He figures to have plenty of support. The biggest names not playing are Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia, but pretty much every other top star and superstar will be in attendance. It hasn't been like that in several years.

Looking ahead to next week, Woods said: "I think the European side is one of the best they've ever had".

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