Tour Championship

Securing The Last Spot

Harris English finished his round at the BMW Championship Sunday with a 1-over par 72. After two years of heartbreak, the former UGA bulldog was currently 31st in the FedEx Cup points system and figured he would not make it to East Lake again this year. To make it to the Tour Championship, English needed to be in the top 30. He started to fathom reality, but the projections would change again minutes later. After Dustin Johnson and Scott Piercy’s birdies, English’s fate would change for the best. Harris English would move up to 30 and knock fellow Bulldog Justin Thomas out of the top 30. This time Harris’ spot was secured. English would claim the final spot for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, getting all the benefits that come with reaching the FedExCup Playoffs Finale. It is really exciting that Harris is a former member of the UGA golf team and I look forward to cheering on our fellow Bulldog. After scoping out the tournament field Sunday evening and not seeing English on the board, waking up to him making the cut was great news.

Aside from Harris English making the field, Jason Day is still playing exceptional. Day won the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Chicago by 6 this weekend. This was the Australian’s seventh win, and fifth win this season. Day took over and is now ranked No. 1 in the world. The top five in FedEx Cup points remained the same. Jason Day (1), Jordan Spieth (2), Rickie Fowler (3), Henrik Stenson (4) and Bubba Watson (5) will control their own fates at East Lake. All five of these players can win the Tour Championship and claim the FedEx Cup as well. However, the other players will need a little help to claim the title.

The tournament is being played September 24-27 at East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta, GA. Coca-Cola, Southern Company and First Data sponsor the tournament. As many know, golf is a very philanthropic sport. It may seem like a boring sport to some, but knowing how much golf gives back is very inspiring. The 2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola made contributions totaling over $2.2 million to charities. The primary recipients are the East Lake Foundation and The First Tee. The East Lake Foundation helps local neighborhoods and The First Tee encourages young people to develop character and values through golf.

As far as previous Tour Championship tournaments, Billy Horschel took the win in 2014. Zach Johnson, who is playing in this year’s tournament, holds the 18-hole record of 60 at the par 70, 7,307-yard course. Tiger Woods holds the 72-hole record at 257.

This year, the winner of the Tour Championship will receive 2,000 FedEx Cup points. The purse is over $8.2 million for this year with the winner of this year’s tournament taking home $1.4 million. Alongside the top five competitors, others such as Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk, will make the Tour Championship a fun tournament to watch as the 2015 PGA Tour season comes to a close.

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