As they headed into the backstretch of the FedEx Cup playoffs, PGA Tour players jockeyed for position at the BMW Championship, setting up a ferocious finish at the upcoming season’s finale at East Lake.
Zach Johnson zoomed past record-breaker Jim Furyk and a surging Nick Watney to win the tournament and jump all the way from 27th to the fourth spot in the standings, giving him a great shot at the title and the $10 million prize that awaits the FedEx Cup champ.
After a one-day rain delay, heavyweights such as Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel all had a chance to win when Furyk faltered on the last day. Despite a mediocre Monday finish, Woods remains in first place in the standings while some prominent names couldn’t make the cut.
Furyk had leapt into the lead on Friday when he became only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59. Now in the 11th spot in the standings, Furyk lost his sixth straight 54-hole lead, but he still has a good chance to win the FedEx Cup.
Meanwhile, a wild melee took place around the No. 30 spot in the FedEx standings as a number of players fought to make it to the next stop in the playoffs, where only 30 of the 70 who came to Lake Forest would advance.
Winners and losers were plentiful at the BMW Championship as the season reaches its finale.