Justin Thomas chasing $10m bonus in FedEx Cup

Tyler Owen
August 27, 2018

On the eve of the Northern Trust, the playoff-opening tournament at Ridgewood Country Club, details emerged about the Thanksgiving weekend winner-take-all $9 million match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Woods shot even-par 70 despite hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation and generally looking in control for most of the day.

After that, wherever Woods teed it up, he dominated the proceedings.

He left the Ridgewood Country Club with seven birdies so far this week compared to six birdies and an eagle by Brooks Koepka in Friday's second round that propelled the U.S. Open and PGA Championship victor into the tournament co-lead with Jamie Lovemark.

As you could probably guess, just like the playoffs in any other sports, the field from here on out will only get stronger.

"I'm pretty good at taking each tournament as it comes and just focusing on that, and every player has their own processes or the things that they are working on at the time".

Woods acknowledged that this year has been unique for him on many levels, from managing his workload and swing coming off several injury-plagued seasons to the reception he has received from fans.

Thomas won the second play-off event past year and was runner-up to Xander Schauffele in the Tour Championship to claim the overall title, a situation which still rankles.

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In 20th place in the FedEx Cup Standings, he's going into a stretch that will see him play three tournaments in three straight weeks. He has hit nine out of 14 fairways all three rounds, and he rarely was out of position when he did miss the greens in the third round.

Meanwhile, Sean O'Hair was one of the four players in a share of the lead at five-under 66 and the bunch included Kevin Tway, Jamie Lovemark, and Vaughn Taylor. At the Masters in 2017 he was telling people he was done with golf, that he would never be able to get back on tour. But, yeah, I'm one of the guys on the short list. "Five (birdies) for two days, that's not going to get it done out here".

In many ways, what Mickelson did Friday encapsulates his career: so much good and then the agonizingly bad.

Norlander birdied three of his first four holes and added a nice run of birdies on five of the first six holes on his back nine.

"One of the hardest things from this year is trying to find the right balance, but as the summer has went on I've gotten better". "And here I am, contending at major championships, and I've had a chance to win a couple of major championships". One wild drive cost him at the 17th, where the ball went so far left it wasn't even worth searching for in the woods.

Seventy will then advance to the BMW Championship and the season then finishes with the top 30 at Tour Championship.

Woods is on his "real" comeback tour.

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