The Tour Championship has concluded, and Dustin Johnson goes home the winner. He didn’t have the best score this week though.
The Tour Championship is over, and after adjusted scores plus how players scored, Dustin Johnson is the winner, posting a total of -21. He had the lowest score of the week, but he didn’t have the best score.
I’ll fill you in on what I mean. Yes, Dustin Johnson finished with a score of -21. HE shot 269 for the week though, which would normally be good for -11.
The best score of the week belongs to Xander Schauffele. He shot 265, three shots better than Scheffler, who was 2nd on the week at 268.
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It was enough to get Schauffele to a T-2nd place on the week and earned him a whole lot of dough in the process. $4.5 million to be exact. Not bad for coming into the tournament at 14th place. It’s an incredible difference, as the player who finished in T-14th only won $625,000. I’m sure Mackenzie Hughes isn’t complaining about it though. Especially since he entered at 28th place.
To anyone who thinks this isn’t fair, that Schauffele is the one who shot the best this weekend, so he should’ve won… too bad.
The way this played out is exactly the way it should be done. No more of the finishes like we saw in 2018, where Tiger Woods won the event, but Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup. No one wants to see a podium with two players holding trophies, each celebrating different things. The only good part is that they are both giving the other a bit of a stink eye, and look a tad uncomfortable.
I’m not saying that Dustin Johnson lucked into his win, or anything close to that. He dominated, and dominated over the last month or so. A win here, a top finish or two there, and the third best score of the weekend. If there is anyone on tour who deserved to finish the season as champ, it was DJ.
I think the Tour Championship worked out exactly as intended. You still have to play consistent all year, or grab a couple of wins, to make it to the top 30 and find your way to East Lake. Once there, even those low ranked players can make it towards the top ten with a strong week. Before, a lot of players were eliminated before they even stepped on the tee.
Now, everyone who tees off at the Tour Championship had a chance, regardless of how slim it may have been. Guys like Hughes and Schauffele were able to drastically increase their bankroll by playing well. In fact, just making it to East Lake guaranteed you ~400K, as the Billy Horschel took home $395K in 30th place.
Big props to Xander Schauffele for the best round of the weekend, and taking home $4,500,000. Shows what a strong finish can do for your bank account.