Justin Thomas rounded off his remarkable season on the PGA Tour by finishing as runner-up at the Tour Championship at East Lake to leap above his friend Jordan Spieth to claim the $10m FedEx Cup bonus prize.
Thomas fell one shot short of winning his sixth title in a year and his third in five starts, six weeks after winning his first major at the PGA Championship. A year ago the 24-year-old was 35th in the world rankings, before winning the CIMB Classic for the second successive year.
In January he added back-to-back titles in Hawaii, before victories at the PGA and the Dell Technologies Championship earlier this month – and he has now risen to number four in the golf world rankings.
There were also celebrations at East Lake for Xander Schauffele, who completed a sensational rookie season with a surprise win, landing odds of 66/1 with Coral – a big price in a 30-man field.
The 23-year-old Californian was outside the world’s top 350 as recently as June, but finished fifth at the US Open before claiming his first PGA Tour title at the Greenbrier Classic. His second on Sunday was worth a touch over $1.5m and pushed him from 26th to third in the final FedEx Cup standings.
So unexpected was his rise to prominence over the last four months that he was only added to the betting for next April’s Masters on Sunday. He’s an 80/1 chance to win at Augusta with Bet365.