Justin Thomas joins Jack, Tiger & Spieth after Dell Technologies win

Randolph Lopez
September 6, 2017

Marc Leishman earned $595,000 and 760 points. But even in defeat the Australian, clearly this country's best player in 2017, managed to enhance his reputation just a little.

Leishman emerged from the clubhouse firing in the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship Monday, carding a front-nine 30 and procuring a two-shot advantage as he made his turn. He won by three over Spieth and four over Leishman. Well, don't look now, but No. 2 Thomas-just 27 points behind Spieth-has been just as unrehearsed and insightful while commenting on his all-world season.

Putts were falling all day for Thomas, the US PGA Championship victor who is trying to secure his fifth tournament victory of the season.

Leishman fired a bogey-free 65 to grab a share of the 54-hole lead with Thomas. That would make him the FedExCup champion, as well, which would no doubt put him over the top.

Spieth rolled in a four-foot birdie putt to go five under through four holes of the final round at the TPC Boston. Thomas had Spieth caddie for him.

By then, his lead was two shots, but trouble struck immediately. He was the outright leader when Spieth bogeyed 14, and Thomas pushed his lead to two after stuffing his second at 15 to 4 feet and rolling in the birdie putt.

Spieth caught him and then Thomas roared past both of them in a three-man duel.

Bogeys were recorded at the 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th, culminating in a disappointing one-under-par 70 that left the 33-year-old in third position, four strokes adrift of American victor Justin Thomas.

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"I have two events left". While he was able to hack his ball out with an abbreviated backswing, his shot slewed sideways and nearly hit a cameraman who needed to leap out of the way.

"I felt like I was getting behind", explained Thomas of his first few years as a pro, "but at the same time, I was just starting and I can only do as much as I could do".

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were all friends but I can't think of another duo whose relationship is quite like Thomas and Spieth's. That sounds like a small difference, but the front at TPC Boston is a par 36, the back a par 35, so while players averaged almost a shot and a half under par going out, they averaged almost a half a shot over par on the inward nine. "But you know, with everything that's going on in the world, I mean, there [are] certainly worse things going on".

His earnings on tour in 2016-17 have now passed $US4 million with the $US595,000 pay cheque from today.

Spieth had started birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie -but he couldn't keep it going, dropping a shot at the 14th and another at the last when he needed an eagle to tie.

He struck a tree with his tee shot at the par-four 10th hole, but had an unobstructed view of the green with his second shot and made an easy par.

Spieth was runner-up for the second consecutive week in the FedEx Cup playoffs, although that was enough to move up to No. 1 in the standings with one more event before the $10 million prize is decided at the Tour Championship. He's now 51st in the FedEx Cup standings after missing the cut in Boston.

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