This weekend saw the Dell Technologies Championship come to a close, with Justin Thomas earning himself his fifth trophy of the season.
Edging out longtime friend Jordan Spieth and Australian Golfer Marc Leishman, Justin Thomas outlasted the pair on the back nine to claim his 5th victory of the year. At times in the final round, it looked like any of the 3 competitors could take 1st place. Spieth fired out into a birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie start which really got the home-crowd excited for what was to come. Unfortunately for Spieth that was as good as it got for his day, a number of mistakes across the back 9 left him eventually 3 shots off the leader. Leishman had much the same faith, building up a 2 shot lead going into the back 9 only to see it disappear with 3 quick bogeys. Justin Thomas, on the other hand, kept it consistent throughout and limited his mistakes which saw his competitors slowly fade from the top of the leader-board. Claiming this years Dell Technologies Championship has now put Justin Thomas as a shoe-in for golfer of the year adding to his four other wins, including his first major at this years PGA Championship. Thomas also moves up to world no.4. It was the first time since they were both teenagers that Spieth ended up being the runner-up to Thomas. They have been competing against each other all the way up through the ranks and to finally see them at the top of the game fighting for trophies is something will both cherish.
Apart from Thomas, Spieth and Leishman, no one else in the field really looked like competing. Both Jon Rahm and Paul Casey tied for fourth place which meant Casey broke into the top 10 while Rahm remains at no.5 in the world. There were four players tied for 6th place with the most notable being Phil Mickelson. On the final round, Mickelson started off very strong but just couldn’t keep pace with the leaders. This is his fifth top 10 of the year and moves his rankings from 58 up to 36. World No.1 Dustin Johnson made it through to the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship but never looked like giving the leaders a scare. In what was supposed to be a year where he would dominate, has become one to forget for Johnson.
It was another sorry weekend for Rory McIlroy, as he failed to even make the cut. He hinted afterwards that he may just have to rest until next year in order to let his body get back to 100%. Rushing back from an injury and forcing your body to perform when it is not able, which he has done for the majority of the season, can be detrimental to a sport-stars career.
With the major trophies finished for the year, the FedEx playoffs provide some entertainment for the fans and players as the year draws to a close. Next up is the BMW championship in a weeks time.