Atlanta, Georgia – As the game’s most consistent performer over the past year – finally reaching world No. 1 status following a runner-up finish at the BMW Championship, nobody would be more deserving to capture the season-long FedExCup race (and its $10 million bonus), than Justin Rose.
The 38-year old Englishman entered East Lake as the FedExCup’s second seed, and while he currently shares the halftime lead with Tiger Woods, more importantly, he is 13 shots clear of the current points leader, Bryson DeChambeau, who has essentially played himself out of contention with rounds of 71 and 75.
Additionally, of the top-five positioned players heading into the playoff finale, Rose leads them all by a minimum of three shots: 13 shots up on No. 1 DeChambeau; five ahead of No. 3 Tony Finau, six clear of No. 4 Dustin Johnson, and three in front of No. 5 Justin Thomas.
According to Rose, though, being in position to win the golf tournament removes all the distractions related to the FedExCup’s calculation game.
“I think it’s a simple equation for me right now. I’m in a position where I want to win this golf tournament and I can keep it as simple as that,” said Rose, who, by adding a FedExCup to his resume which already includes a world No. 1 ranking, Olympic Gold Medal, and major title, would be a surefire Hall of Famer.
“I know that if I do that, it’s gravy all the way. I think if I was seventh or eighth right now I’d be running the calculations a lot more in my head possibly, but right now I’m trying to keep that simple objective of winning this golf tournament.”
Rose went on to admit that the FedExCup, because it’s not related to any particular tournament, and the payout is so off the charts ($10m), it’s only natural to think about the money more than the trophy.
“Yeah, this is the one tournament you think about it probably. I didn’t think about it at the BMW. You’re in a playoff, you’re not thinking about the check, you’re thinking about wanting to win that bit of silverware,” continued Rose, who owns four wins and 12 additional top 10s in the last 10 months.
“This one is a little different. It’s more money than makes sense, so you’re going to think about it.”
Rose will be paired with Woods in Saturday’s final grouping. The veteran stars tee off at 2:00 pm (est).
FEDEXCUP PROJECTION AFTER ROUND TWO
Where the FedExCup race stands after two rounds:
Proj FedExCup Pos-Player-Proj Pts, Bonus-(Tournament Pos)
1. Justin Rose – 3,800, $10m (T1)
2. Tiger Woods – 2,219, $3m (T1)
3. Bryson DeChambeau – 2,142, $2m (T27)
4. Tony Finau – 1,720, $1.5m (T10)
5. Justin Thomas – 1,580, $1m (T4)