Rookie wins 2017 TOUR Championship; Justin Thomas takes the FedEx Cup jackpot; Aussies live to fight another day

Justin Thomas captured the FedEx Cup while rookie Xander Schauffele was given a replica of Bobby Jones’ famous putter Calamity Jones, now the official championship trophy

TWENTY THREE year old American US PGA TOUR rookie Xander Schauffele has taken the season ending TOUR Championship while Justin Thomas ended a great season with the US$10 million FedEx Cup.

Neither Jason Day or Marc Leishman had memorable tournaments but just making the 30 man TOUR Championship is healthy for the pocket as well as ongoing momentum.

Championship winner Schauffele was worried about keeping his TOUR card three months ago but became the first ever player to win the event in his rookie season.

With three million plus in prizemoney – for the event win and for coming third in the FedEx Cup – and a three year exemption he doesn’t have to worry about that sort of stuff for quite a while.

With 24 year old Jordan Spieth coming second in the FedEx it was certainly an event for the young brigade.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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