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Schauffele, Thomas both cash-in big at the Tour Championship

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The 2016-17 PGA Tour season came to an exciting end this weekend in Atlanta. The Tour Championship turned into a battle between Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas, while the FedEx Cup race was down to the final putt. The Web.Com Tour series reached its penultimate week, and there’s still more! Fall Tour Mash, activate!

Justin Thomas wins more fans and even more cash

He didn’t win this week, but “JT” did what needed to be done at East Lake. Thomas parlayed his Dell Technologies Championship in week 2 of the FedEx Cup series into the overall title. With generational rival Jordan Spieth in hot pursuit, Thomas birdied 2 of his final 3 holes on Sunday to leap into second place in the tournament, hopping over Spieth for the series win in the process. Time to rewrite goals for the 2017-18 season, Mr. PGA Champion and now, Mr. FedEx Cup Champion!

Xander Schauffele…It’s so much fun to say

For fans of consonants everywhere, you get to say “Zander SHAUW-fully” for the next year or so, at a minimum. The young man who first captured our imagination at Erin Hills, won big on Sunday. He did what Paul Casey, the third-round leader, could not do: avoid bogeys. Casey had four of them on his card and dropped to 5th place on day 4. Meanwhile, Schauffele had 3 birdies against 1 bogey, including a closing birdie on the par-5 18th, to capture his second PGA Tour title of 2017.

Schauffele also had to sidestep the 2017 FedEx Cup champion on his way to victory. Justin Thomas closed strong, reaching 11-under, but Schauffele came up with two great shots, a heady lag putt, and shaky lip-in to clinch the title in the end.

Lindheim wins DAP in Web.Com finals series

Chasson Hadley may not have won in Cleveland, but he established a hard-to-overcome lead in the Tour Finals on the Web.Com tour. The honors and trophy in C-Land went to Nichols Lindheim, who secured 2017-18 PGA Tour playing privileges with his win, but Hadley’s playoff loss (Rob Oppenheim also went down in extra holes) bumped him to a $170K series lead over Andrew Landry with only the Tour Championship remaining.

Lindheim did his best to give the DAP away, with bogeys on 17 and 18 on Sunday. Having lost the 2016 event in a playoff, he was keen to make amends. With a fair bomb of a putt on the first extra hole, he did just that. In addition to Oppenheim and the victor, eight other golfers also earned PGA Tour cards for the upcoming season.

Langer claims Pebble Beach again on Champions Tour

The name may change, but Langer is king at the event that brings young golfers from The First Tee to the Monterrey Peninsula. Despite challenges from hot Jerry Kelly and even-hotter Scott McCarron, the uber-scorching Langer played steady, birdie-ful golf in California to ink his fourth win of the current campaign.

McCarron uttered a challenge with his opening 63, but Langer was on his heels with a 64 of his own. McCarron faltered in round 2 with a wretched 72, rolling out a carpet to his challengers. He recovered from the funk on Sunday, but could only take third place, 2 strokes behind Kelly. The Minnesotan, twice a recent winner on tour, made a run a Langer with an outward nine of 32. The German champion answered with a 3-birdie stretch of his own on the inward half, and a familiar story was written once again.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

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  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
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  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

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Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

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