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SportsRory: New format at Tour Championship 'didn't feel that much different'

13:00  23 august  2019
13:00  23 august  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Thomas wins BMW Championship by 3 shots for 10th career title

Thomas wins BMW Championship by 3 shots for 10th career title Justin Thomas carded a final-round 68 to win the BMW Championship by three shots over Patrick Cantlay on Sunday. The 26-year-old entered Round 4 at Medinah Country Club with a whopping six-shot lead after firing a course-record 61 on Saturday. Cantlay managed to make things interesting with four straight birdies midway through the round Sunday, but Thomas weathered the storm and rattled off four birdies in his final eight holes to take home the trophy.

Rory McIlroy's thoughts ahead of the richest tournament in world golf as the PGA season comes to a "It is definitely a simplified format and people will understand it better. And it gives more guys a Justin Thomas was also happy to sit on the fence when asked whether the new format was better or

McIlroy does not feel that victory is a foregone conclusion for Thomas, who starts two clear of nearest challenger Patrick Cantlay, and ten McIlroy has already proposed one tweak to the revised format , by increasing the number of Emotional Rory McIlroy cries as he misses the cut at The Open 2019.

Rory: New format at Tour Championship 'didn't feel that much different'© Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Day 1 of the revamped Tour Championship format didn't have much of an impact on Rory McIlroy and his peers.

"It's 72 holes of golf," McIlroy said, according to Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard. "Obviously, the start is staggered a little bit, but it didn't feel that much different, to be honest with you, which I guess is a good thing."

Thursday marked the debut of an overhauled finale of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Justin Thomas, this year's leading points earner, started the tournament on top at 10-under, with the next four players starting at 8-under through 5-under, respectively. The total regresses by one stroke for every five players from then onward.

Thomas locks up No. 1 seed for revamped Tour Championship

Thomas locks up No. 1 seed for revamped Tour Championship Justin Thomas will ride his BMW Championship victory into the Tour Championship as the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup points list - a spot worth more than it has been in previous seasons. For the first time, the FedEx Cup leader at East Lake in Atlanta will start the tournament at 10-under par, with staggered scoring implemented as the points list descends. When the leaderboard emerges Thursday prior to any golf being played, Thomas will have a two-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay.

Rory McIlroy says he is unsure about the new format at the season-ending Tour Championship and has Referring to the PGA Tour 's intention for the tournament to have a legacy as the final element of "The money's great but I'll get more satisfaction from winning the golf tournament and playing well.

Rory McIlroy has questioned both the radical new format and the focus on the m (€13.5m) first prize at this week’s season-ending Tour Championship . From 2019, the player who has the most FedEx Cup points after the BMW Championship starts the first round of the Tour Championship in

McIlroy fired a 4-under 66 on Thursday to move within one stroke of the lead - currently a three-way tie - and he's not alone in thinking this week's new arrangement is similar to a traditional tournament atmosphere.

"As the day went on and the scores started shuffling around, it felt more like a normal event," Charles Howell III said.

Round 2 gets underway at 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday.

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