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Field of 30 Set For PGA Tour Championship at East Lake

After a weather-delayed five days in Pennsylvania, culminating with Keegan Bradley claiming victory over Justin Rose in a playoff at the BMW Championship, the PGA Tour season ended for 40 more players.

Xander Schauffele
Xander Schauffele lines up a putt on the 18th green during day two of the BMW Championship at Aronimink GC on Sep. 7, 2018 in Newtown Square, PA. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

After all was said and done, just two golfers played their way into the top 30: the aforementioned Bradley, who jumped from 52nd to 6th, and Xander Schauffele, whose T3 finish moved him from from 41st to 18th in the standings.

“It’s awesome. Been a long week. So, it will settle in on flight home,” said Schauffele, when told he’d moved to 18th and would be able to defend his 2017 title.

“Definitely feel like I need some rest like everyone else out here. Looking forward to going to Atlanta.”

To make way for Bradley and Schauffele, two players who began the week inside the top 30 moved out.

Most notable was Jordan Spieth, whose surprisingly mediocre 2018 season came to an abrupt end, as his 55th place finish dropped him from 27th in the standings to 31st. It’s the first time in his young career that he’ll have missed the Tour Championship.

Jordan Spieth lines up a putt during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. Photo by Stan Badz/Getty Images

The other player to drop out was Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, who at T61, moved from 29th to 32nd in the standings. The final position at East Lake went to Marc Leishman, who shot a Monday 2-under 68 to finish T41.

With a points reset at the Tour Championship, the top five players in the FedExCup Standings are guaranteed to win the FedExCup Championship with a victory at East Lake. Those players are:


1. Bryson DeChambeau – 2,000
2. Justin Rose – 1,800
3. Tony Finau – 1,520
4. Dustin Johnson – 1,296
5. Justin Thomas – 1,280

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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