Winners and losers from this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, including Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson and Tyrrell Hatton
Each week on the PGA Tour, there are winners and losers in each tournament. This week, and continuing throughout the season, we will look at those who achieved and those who underachieved at each event. Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Justin Thomas – There wasn’t a lot of talk about Thomas prior to this week, despite the fact that he holds the FedEx Cup points lead. But the Louisville, Kentucky, native fought his way through the field and earned his 13th PGA Tour win in the process.
Phil Mickelson – The 50-year-old Mickelson finished in a tie for second this week, the best WGC finish ever by a player at least 50 years of age. The placement also allows Mickelson to jump 43 spots in the FedEx Cup standings.
Tom Lewis – The Englishman tied the course record with a 61 on Saturday, then followed that with a 66 on Saturday. He was able to finish the tournament at 10-under par and in a tie for second place. In the process, he also moved into the top 125 for the FedEx Cup playoffs. He currently sits 112th in those standings.
Jason Day – The surging Day continued his strong play this week at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude. He shot 68-67-69-67 to finish in a tie for sixth place. That’s three straight weeks that Day has been in the top 10 and he jumped another 14 spots in the FedEx Cup standings in the process.
Louis Oosthuizen – The former Open champion surged to a tie for sixth place this week with a 9-under score. He was able to jump from 123rd to 91st in the FedEx Cup standings. A good showing for Oosthuizen with a major ahead of him this week.
Tyrrell Hatton – Some, including yours truly, thought Hatton could win this week. He had played well all season and seemed to be trending in the right direction. But his not-so-great week got worse on the weekend, when he shot 73-73 to finish the event at 7-over par for the week. Hatton finished in a tie for 69th out of 78 players this week.
Rory McIlroy – In a week where McIlroy could have re-established himself as the world’s best player, he was nowhere near the top of the leaderboard all week. With the exception of his 66 on Friday, he looked nothing like the McIlroy of old. There now should be some serious concern about his game.
Rafa Cabrera Bello – Someone has to finish last in these loaded events and this week, that was Cabrera Bello. The fact that he was 15-over par is one thing, but the fact that he was four shots behind 77th place shows just how much Cabrera Bello struggled this week. His best round came on Sunday, when he shot 72.
Viktor Hovland – For Hovland, it was a case of good vs. bad this week at TPC Southwind. He was good on Thursday (67) and Sunday (69). However, the other two rounds were what left him out of contention. Hovland shot a brutal 75 on Friday and followed that with a 72 on Saturday. He finished the week 3-over par and in a tie for 59th.
Byeong Hun An – He entered Sunday’s round in second place, but the pressure seemed to get to An all day in the tournament’s final round. He shot 73 to drop from second to 12th overall on a day when An definitely could have found himself as a winner.