BMW Championship: Justin Thomas moves to No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings after win

Written By Alexis Mansanarez
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Justin Thomas made waves at Medinah Course No. 3 with his record-breaking round Saturday and was able to follow it up with a win after Round 4.

Thomas, the 2017 FedEx Cup champion, was able to hold on to his lead at the BMW Championship and came away with a three-stroke victory Sunday.

What's more? He also jumped to first in the FedEx Cup standings and has an advantage at next week's Tour Championship. He will open the tournament at 10-under with the new format.

But, back to this week.

The win was Thomas' 10th career PGA Tour title and it came with some impressive shots.

He had a string of birdies through his back nine, four through his last eight holes, to help keep the rest of the field at bay. Thomas finished 4-under 68 on the day and 25 under for the tournament.

Thomas held off a red-hot Patrick Cantlay and Hideki Matsuyama, who both matched or shot their lowest rounds of the week. 

Cantlay finished solo second (22 under) after nine birdies helped him to 7-under 65. He was mere inches away from putting even more pressure on Thomas but just missed an eagle putt after driving the 15th green.

Matsuyama had the lowest round of the day at 9-under 63 to jump into third place (20 under). The 36-hole leader had set the previous low-round record at Medinah before Thomas broke it Saturday, and got back to form Sunday.

He was mistake-free through the front nine with five birdies and matched that after the turn. However, a bogey on the par-4 16 stopped Matsuyama from besting his low round of the week.

Tony Finau finished in fourth place (18 under) while Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker tied for fifth (16 under).

Corey Conners and Lucas Glover both placed seventh (15 under) and Adam Scott and Kevin Kisner rounded out the top finishers in a tie for ninth (14 under).

Next week's Tour Championship will mark the end of the 2018-19 season and will be the first time the new setup is implemented. It goes as follows, according to the PGA Tour's official website:

"The FedExCup leader heading to the TOUR Championship will start at 10-under, second place at 8-under, third 7-under, fourth 6-under and fifth at 5-under. Players ranked 6-10 will start at 4-under, 11-15 at 3-under, 16-20 at 2-under, 21-25 at 1-under and 26-30 at even par."

The East Lake leaderboard will look as follows:

-10 Thomas 
-8 Cantlay
-7 Brooks Koepka 
-6 Patrick Reed 
-5 Rory McIlroy 
-4 Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer, Rahm
-3 Gary Woodland, Dustin Johnson, Finau, Matsuyama, Scott
-2 Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Snedeker, Kisner 
-1 Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Sungjae Im, Chez Reavie, Conners 
E Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell III, Jason Kokrak, Glover


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