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Utah’s Tony Finau tied for second as Justin Thomas sets course record with 61 in third round at Medinah BMW Championship: Justin Thomas wins by three & Tiger Woods misses Tour Championship
Shannon Reynolds | 19 August, 2019, 22:45

Thomas fired a four-under par 68 to finish 72 holes at Medinah on 25-under 263, shattering the former mark of 23-under at the 116-year-old event shared by American Dustin Johnson and Australian Marc Leishman.

He won't be in Georgia next week for the Tour Championship.

Check out the top 5 shots of the week from the 2019 BMW Championship, Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, and Dick's Sporting Goods, featuring Tony Finau, Cameron Percy, Bernhard Langer, Adam Long, and Justin Thomas.

The BMW Championship also represents a critical part of qualification for the season finale, the TOUR Championship, which is only open to the 30 best players in the FedExCup rankings.

His first victory since the World Golf Championship at Firestone previous year moved him to the top of the FedEx Cup going into the Tour Championship, where he will start the tournament at 10-under par with a two-shot lead under the new scoring format as the final 30 players chase a $15 million first prize.

No Asian-born player has been named the PGA Tour's top rookie since the award's inception in 1990.

Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship, beating Billy Horschel by two strokes.

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Thomas now leads the points standings after a 10th PGA Tour victory that was secured thanks to four birdies on the back nine. "It relieved me of some pressure and helped me perform well for the rest of the day". The situation looked critical after a bogey at the 10th hole, as Cantlay and Matsuyama went on a run of birdies to cut the gap to two strokes.

"Last year culminated in a pretty special moment for me and would've been nice to go back there, but I'll be watching the guys on TV", Woods said after his final round at Medinah, a course where he has twice won majors.

"I was able to put it close to the holes and make the putts".

"It's disappointing", Woods said about not returning to Atlanta. Japan's Hideki Matsuyama was third at 20-under.

Since 2007, every Rookie of the Year victor has had the most FedEx Cup points in the first year class. "It's a lot of the outside noise that makes it harder sometimes to stay focused". "Make sure you keep talking", Thomas said. With Couples in the clubhouse after a 63, Barron returned from the rain delay to hole the first 15-footer on the par-4 15th to break a tie for the lead, then doubled the advantage with the second one on the par-3 17th.

Thomas birdied the first five holes, answered a bogey at six with a birdie at the par-5 eighth, hit an awesome approach at the par-5 10th to set up a tap-in eagle and sank a 22-foot birdie chip from the rough at the par-5 14th.

"I'm trying to win by as many as I possibly can", Thomas said. And then after Cantlay rolled in a 15-foot birdie on the par-3 13th, Thomas matched him from 12 feet.

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