Dustin Johnson secured a three-shot victory at the Tour Championship to claim his first FedExCup title and a $15 million payday on Monday as he capped a PGA Tour season that saw him return to the top of the world rankings.
Thomas was the 2017 FedEx Cup champion and Schauffele has now won here, tied for second, finished second and tied for seventh in his four starts in the Tour Championship.
But the 36-year-old American needed nearly all of it, carding a final round two-under 68 to fend off 2017 FedExCup champion Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele, who both closed on four-under 66.
Having narrowly missed out on the FedExCup title four years ago when Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy pipped Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore in a three-man playoff at the Tour Championship, Johnson, who rarely speaks about his goals, did not hide the fact that winning it was a career objective.
"I wanted to hold that trophy at the end of the day". He finished at 21 under.
And so wrapped up the strangest season on the PGA Tour, which doesn't feel like the end at all except for the $15 million awarded to Johnson - $14 million now and $1 million deferred. Two majors are still to be played.
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Yes, the Memorial and 3M Open are in his rearview. "I played well today.as good as I have in a long time, and that was very encouraging". "He was putting so bad and playing so bad". He was just trying to find it out there and he couldn't find it again the next week, and then next thing you know, two months later he's the FedEx Cup champion.
"I'm fortunate enough where I don't need to think about that (money)". In the first round of the playoffs, Johnson put up a dominant performance.
World No. 2 Jon Rahm, who beat Johnson in a playoff in the BMW Championship, shot 66 to finish solo fourth, four shots back and won $3 million.
It rarely is for Johnson. Next up is the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in two weeks, a tough course, the kind Johnson loves. The celebration can wait until the holidays.
"I actually didn't look at (the leaderboards) today", said Thomas, who made five birdies in his first seven holes but also bogeyed the second and eighth holes.