Thomas claimed a three-shot win at the BMW Championship on Sunday, moving top of the FedEx Cup standings. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway". This year, the golfers will be seeded, with Thomas opening the tournament already at 10-under par and No. 2 Patrick Cantlay at 8 under down through the 26th through 30th qualifiers who will start at even par. Hideki Matsuyama's third-place result vaulted him from 33rd to 15th, while Lucas Glover went from 41st to 29th.
The Tour Championship will be contested Thursday through Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Thomas will start at 10-under par with a two-stroke lead over second-place point producer Cantlay in next week's event under a new points format that ensures the tournament victor will capture the playoff crown. He fell back with a bogey on No. 9 when he couldn't get up-and-down out of a greenside bunker, and a tee shot into the sand on the par-3 13th led to another bogey.
"I just hope the trend doesn't continue and someone else breaks it tomorrow", Thomas said.
Thomas birdied four of the last eight holes at the suburban Chicago layout to fend off Cantlay, who closed with birdies on four of the last six holes and nine birdies in all. "It kind of propelled me". "I'm going to try not to look at the leaderboard".
The U.S. team for the Presidents Cup didn't change, with Bryson DeChambeau holding down the final spot.
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American Tony Finau finished fourth on 270, one shot ahead of countryman Brandt Snedeker and Spain's Jon Rahm.
Thomas set off in pole position having carded a new course record 61 on Saturday, and although he dropped a shot at the opening hole, birdies at five and seven saw him reach the turn at 22 under overall.
A statement from the European Tour read: "When players are out of position and either being monitored or timed, a one-shot penalty will be incurred after two bad times - now a player would be "monitored" and if he breaches the time allowance (50 seconds for first to play, 40 seconds for second or third to play) he will then be "officially timed" and would then have to breach twice more before being given a one shot penalty".
Thomas will enter the 2019 tournament at 10-under-par.
American Justin Thomas won with a 25-under 263.
Masters champion Tiger Woods, who needed to finish 11th to defend his title at East Lake, tied for 37th with Jordan Spieth after a 72 and fell further in the standings to 42nd.