BMW Championship R4

Justin Thomas wins in Medinah

August 15-18
Medinah CC (No. 3), Medinah, Illinois
$9,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Justin Thomas held his nerve to clinch victory at the BMW Championship in Medinah by three shots amid a concerted effort by the chasing pack to reel him in.

BMW Championship R4 - Justin Thomas wins in Medinah
Justin Thomas holds holds the J.K. Wadley trophy. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The American, who took a six-stroke lead into the final day, completed his campaign with a round of 68 which included six birdies, four of them on the back nine just as it looked as if his advantage might evaporate.

In the process, he held off compatriot Patrick Cantlay and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, the latter of whom shot a second 63 of the tournament to finish third on 20 under par, two shots behind Cantlay in second.

All three secured top-30 places in the FedExCup rankings to ensure their participation at next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake, unlike reigning champion Tiger Woods, whose season is over after he carded a 72 to finish on seven under for a share of 37th place on a day when he needed a spot in the top six to qualify.

Asked what it had been like heading into the last round with such a big lead, Thomas told Sky Sports: “It was hard. I hadn’t won in a while and I was really nervous, to be honest.


“I really, really hit the ball bad today for the most part. I really found it and hit a lot of really quality shots and putts those last eight holes, but I struggled and it’s, I think, very impressive the fact I got a four-under round out of how I hit it today.”

Thomas set off in pole position having carded a new course record 61 on Saturday, and although he dropped a shot at the opening hole, birdies at five and seven saw him reach the turn at 22 under overall.

But another bogey at the par five 10th could hardly have been worse-timed as Cantlay, who had gone out in 33, collected a fifth birdie to reduced his compatriot’s advantage to just two shots.

Thomas birdied the 11th to extend his lead once again as Matsuyama joined Cantlay on 19 after picking up six shots in seven holes around the turn.

However, both chasers carded bogey fives at the 16th to Thomas’ par and the leader finished with two threes to claim the prize.

His reward will be to tee off at East Lake on 10 under par under the Tour Championship’s new format with Cantlay starting at eight under and Brooks Koepka at seven under.

Thomas said: “I’ve never slept on a Wednesday lead before, so that’s going to be bizarre. I’m just going to try to go out – anywhere from 10 to 15 under par usually wins that tournament and that’s what I’m going try to go out and shoot.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Justin Thomas
USA
-25
65
69
61
68
263
2
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-22
66
67
68
65
266
3
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-20
69
63
73
63
268
4
Tony Finau
USA
-18
67
66
68
69
270
T5
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-16
66
71
67
68
272
T5
Jon Rahm
ESP
-16
68
69
66
69
272
T7
Corey Conners
CAN
-15
69
66
69
69
273
T7
Lucas Glover
USA
-15
66
69
69
69
273
T9
Adam Scott
AUS
-14
67
71
69
67
274
T9
Kevin Kisner
USA
-14
68
68
69
69
274
T11
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-13
70
72
66
67
275
T11
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-13
70
69
68
68
275
T11
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-13
70
66
70
69
275
T11
Kevin Tway
USA
-13
69
67
70
69
275
T11
Rickie Fowler
USA
-13
67
70
68
70
275
T16
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-12
73
70
67
66
276
T16
J. T. Poston
USA
-12
68
74
66
68
276
T16
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-12
67
68
67
74
276
T19
Marc Leishman
AUS
-11
72
71
67
67
277
T19
Jason Kokrak
USA
-11
65
73
70
69
277
T19
Patrick Reed
USA
-11
68
71
68
70
277
T19
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-11
69
67
70
71
277
T19
Xander Schauffele
USA
-11
67
68
70
72
277
T24
Webb Simpson
USA
-10
70
72
67
69
278
T24
Brooks Koepka
USA
-10
68
71
72
67
278
T24
Paul Casey
ENG
-10
70
70
67
71
278
T24
Joel Dahmen
USA
-10
66
71
69
72
278
T28
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-9
71
70
69
69
279
T28
Abraham Ancer
USA
-9
68
72
69
70
279
T28
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-9
70
67
71
71
279
T31
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-8
72
70
68
70
280
T31
Ian Poulter
ENG
-8
70
70
71
69
280
T31
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-8
71
67
70
72
280
T31
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-8
74
65
69
72
280
T31
Wyndham Clark
USA
-8
69
73
65
73
280
T31
Gary Woodland
USA
-8
70
73
64
73
280
T37
Ryan Moore
USA
-7
71
69
69
72
281
T37
Scott Piercy
USA
-7
67
73
70
71
281
T37
Tiger Woods
USA
-7
71
71
67
72
281
T37
Jordan Spieth
USA
-7
70
71
70
70
281
T37
Charles Howell III
USA
-7
70
69
73
69
281
T37
Billy Horschel
USA
-7
71
73
69
68
281
T43
Ryan Palmer
USA
-6
68
72
70
72
282
T43
Keegan Bradley
USA
-6
69
74
68
71
282
T43
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-6
67
68
71
76
282
T43
Andrew Putnam
USA
-6
71
69
73
69
282
T43
Troy Merritt
USA
-6
69
76
71
66
282
T48
Phil Mickelson
USA
-5
70
73
69
71
283
T48
Collin Morikawa
USA
-5
67
73
72
71
283
T48
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-5
71
71
71
70
283
T48
Shane Lowry
IRL
-5
72
74
68
69
283
T52
Jason Day
AUS
-4
70
71
69
74
284
T52
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-4
72
69
71
72
284
T52
Keith Mitchell
USA
-4
72
74
67
71
284
T52
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
68
73
73
70
284
T52
Matt Kuchar
USA
-4
71
70
73
70
284
T57
Chez Reavie
USA
-3
67
68
74
76
285
T57
Jim Furyk
USA
-3
66
72
75
72
285
T57
Dustin Johnson
USA
-3
70
72
72
71
285
T57
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
69
72
73
71
285
T61
Max Homa
USA
-2
70
67
71
78
286
T61
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-2
72
73
68
73
286
T63
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-1
69
72
74
72
287
T63
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-1
69
73
73
72
287
T65
Adam Long
USA
Par
72
70
71
75
288
T65
Cameron Champ
USA
Par
71
68
78
71
288
T65
J. B. Holmes
USA
Par
69
71
76
72
288
68
Harold Varner III
USA
1
72
74
71
72
289
69
Nate Lashley
USA
3
72
73
70
76
291
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