Patrick Reed returning to play in Tour Championship, 'give it my best shot'

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Patrick Cantlay downplays Bryson DeChambeau calling him out for walking. Whether it “put a little chip” on his shoulder or not, Patrick Cantlay wasn't going to feed the fire after his BMW Championship victory. golfchannel.comPatrick Cantlay downplays Bryson DeChambeau calling him out for walking

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So, DeChambeau asked Cantlay to stop walking while he hit his shot. ... “He just wanted me to stop walking,” Cantlay said. “We had just been told by the rules officials to kind of speed up, and I'm not always the fastest walker, so I was trying to get ahead and do my part. Sporting News AUWhy Bryson DeChambeau called out Patrick Cantlay, was irked by fans during BMW Championship

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ATLANTA -- After being hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia last week, Patrick Reed said Tuesday via social media that he is planning to play this week's Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

Reed, who missed both FedEx Club playoff events -- the Northern Trust due to an ankle injury and then the BMW Championship due to pneumonia -- dropped to 30th in the FedEx Cup standings and was the last player to qualify for the season-ending event.

"Really appreciate everyone's prayers and well wishes," Reed wrote. "Excited to get back out there and give it my best shot this week!''

Reed played a hectic schedule through the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational that saw him play seven of eight weeks, including The Open and the Olympics in Japan. He has missed the past three tournaments.

Ranked 19th in the world, Reed won the Farmers Insurance Open in January. He dropped to 11th in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings and will need a pick next week from captain Steve Stricker to play on the team for a fourth consecutive time.

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The tournament was won 12 months ago by Dustin Johnson, even though he did not record the lowest 72-hole total - that was achieved by Xander Schauffele. But Johnson took the honours after starting the week on 10 under par as the leader of the FedEx Cup standings heading to East Lake. And the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings will once again be battling it for mega-money.

Johnson won by hitting just enough fairways and making a few key putts when his lead began to shrink. He tapped in for birdie on the last hole for a two-under 68, giving him a three-shot victory over Justin Thomas and Schauffele.

He became the first No. 1 seed at the TOUR Championship to win the FedExCup since Tiger Woods in 2009. Johnson began the final round with a five-shot lead on 19-under par - nine under on his own score and starting the tournament at 10 under as the No. 1 seed in the FedExCup. He finished the week on 21 under.

Golf was, of course, shut down for three months and when it restarted Johnson was No. 111 in the FedExCup standings. He won the Travelers Championship and a month later began a stretch of unbelievable golf.   In four straight tournaments against the best fields, he had the 54-hole three times and was tied in the other. He converted one into an 11-shot win. He lost to a 65 by Collin Morikawa at the PGA Championship and to a 65-foot putt by Rahm at the BMW Championship.  But he made no secret of the fact that he badly wanted to win the Tour Championship.

This year it is difficult to look beyond Jon Rahm as a likely winner this week. His form throughout 2021 has been nothing short of sensational. He will still be smarting at his failure to close the deal at the Northern Trust Open, where he made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes on the back nine. He said that the birth of his son had given him a new perspective and it does appear that he now has his famously volatile temperament under control. And that makes him all the more dangerous.

Tony Finau’s victory in New York means that he arrives at East Lake with his confidence sky-high. He is a brilliant ball striker whose only weakness is his putting. But now that he has finally achieved his second victory many believe that the floodgates will finally open.

Patrick Cantlay has long been regarded as a superstar-in-waiting and he has enjoyed the best year of his career, with two victory and a number of near-misses. He has a fabulous temperament and there are no weaknesses in his game.

However, I believe that Justin Thomas is the man to beat at East Lake. He has not had the easiest of seasons, despite his victory at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. But there have been some really encouraging signs recently and he will be desperate to head to the Ryder Cup with another win to his credit.

It was won in 2015 by Jordan Spieth, in 2016 and 2019 by Rory McIlroy, in 2017 by Xander Schauffele, in 2018 by Tiger Woods and last year by Dustin Johnson.

Tony Finau is on a high after winning the Northern Trust Open, his first victory since 2016. Many believe that the floodgates will now open for the American. 

Jon Rahm should have won the Northern Trust, eventually finishing third. He has twice failed Covid-19 tests this year but won the US Open and has racked up top-10 finishes for fun during an extraordinary season.

Patrick Cantlay is looking to add a fourth victory of 2021 as he attempts to win the FedEx Cup.

Justin Thomas has not had the best season of his stellar career but he did win the Players Championship and played some superb golf in New York. This is a tournament he wants to add to his CV.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, East Lake Golf Club is the home course of the legendary Bobby Jones and is the oldest course in Atlanta. It has been the permanent home of the Tour Championship since 2005, although the tournament was first played there in 1998. Measuring 7,346 yards, it was originally designed by Donald Ross and was heavily modified by Reece Jones in 2008. The course record is 60, set by Zach Johnson in 2008.

To win: Justin Thomas. Is due another big win

Each way: Jon Rahm. In the form of his life

Each way: Patrick Cantlay. Enjoying a stellar season

Justin Thomas. Would love to win here

Tony Finau. Confidence is sky high

Collin Morikawa. Course should be made for him

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A look back at the biggest PGA TOUR season in history

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That loud, steady knocking you hear at the door? That’s the 2020-21 PGA TOUR season, or super season if you will, delivering some news: This is it. Last stop. We’ve reached our destination. As Sinatra might say, it’s the final curtain.

Fifty events – six of them major championships – across the United States and beyond, giving us an overflowing bushelful of great storylines and winners. We had it all: some powerful resurgences, lots of bonus golf (playoffs), new faces hoisting trophies, and of course, history, like a 51-year-old winning the PGA Championship … all of it wrapped up with a bow and delivered to the front stoop at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta this week, where 30 elite golfers have made it to the finish line. Not since 1975 (51 events) had the TOUR staged so many tournaments in one season.

The Covid-19 pandemic that halted the 2019-20 TOUR season for three months at THE PLAYERS Championship in March of 2020 would cancel some events and move others, and eventually spin us into a new season unlike any we have seen before. Golfers are creatures of habit, and the new jam-packed schedule threw some off their normal rhythm. Still, through it all, week to week, the golf delivered, from then-47-year-old Stewart Cink winning in Napa in September to Sunday’s stirring six-hole playoff between Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay to decide the second leg of the Playoffs at the BMW Championship.

Hideki Matsuyama receives Prime Minister's Award in Japan

“It’s hard to categorize the year, just because of how much has been going on, especially in the last two months,” Rahm said at last week’s BMW Championship, the second of two FedExCup Playoffs events, and the penultimate tournament of the season. “It’s been a lot.”

Rahm’s year, in abbreviated Cliff’s Notes: He twice tested positive for Covid-19 (once when leading The Memorial by six shots through 54 holes), collected his first major championship (the first Spaniard to win a U.S. Open), and had to sit out the Olympics in Tokyo. Rahm was the last person to arrive to the Masters in April, for good reason: He and his wife, Kelley, had just become first-time parents to a son they named Kepa. That’s a lot to jam into a single calendar; Rahm will not soon forget his 26th year on the planet.

Justin Thomas comes from behind to win at THE PLAYERS

Cink won twice, opening his campaign by winning the Safeway Open with his son, Reagan, on his bag. It was his first TOUR victory in 11 years. Garcia won at Sanderson Farms, stiffing an 8-iron tight for a winning birdie at the 72nd hole. Westwood, who was fast closing in on his 48th birthday, camped near the top of the leaderboard for two weeks in March, running second in two huge events: the Arnold Palmer Invitational (to DeChambeau) and THE PLAYERS.

We had new faces winning, victories posted by such exciting players on the rise as Jason Kokrak (twice a winner), Max Homa, and Mexico’s tandem of Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer. Six majors in the season, along with a PLAYERS, three World Golf Championships and so many other marquee events … it gave us a never-ending drumbeat of big-time golf.

Not that it was all was easy, especially for those hitting the shots. They did what they could, and rested when they found windows to do so, but few players ever rested for very long. Instead of making the short trek from the opening FedExCup Playoffs event in New Jersey (THE NORTHERN TRUST) directly to the BMW Championship in Baltimore, Rory McIlroy, a new father himself, stole a day to fly home to Florida to see his wife and baby daughter. It helped him to refresh and recharge.

From the start of the post-pandemic schedule in summer 2020 through this week’s TOUR Championship, McIlroy said he will have played in 34 events, which included his first Olympics start in Japan. (McIroy, playing for Ireland, fell short of a bronze medal in a wild seven-man playoff; C.T. Pan of Chinese Tapai took bronze.) The Ryder Cup (McIlroy’s 35th event) in Wisconsin awaits in a few weeks. McIlroy did manage to collect his first PGA TOUR trophy since late 2019 when he captured the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. That was a nice moment.

Rory McIlroy wins 19th PGA TOUR title at 2021 Wells Fargo

“All that in a space of 15 months, it's a lot of golf,” McIlroy said at last week’s BMW. “It's probably too much for me. I've played more than I probably should have and feel like it's just sort of all caught up with me.”

For international players on the PGA TOUR, attempting to travel in the era of Covid has proved very challenging. Adam Scott and his family (he has three young children) are based in Switzerland. At the conclusion of the Open Championship at England’s Royal St. George’s, Scott was unable to travel home, as the United Kingdom resided on Switzerland’s “red” list for travelers. So Scott spent his off-week week in Spain instead, his seventh consecutive week away from home. He said travel restrictions made it difficult to spend time in person with his coach in 2021. He didn’t even bother to try to get with his physical trainer.

“I'm not complaining about anything,” Scott said at the Wyndham Championship, noting that not many of his fellow pros are playing the PGA TOUR out of Switzerland. “I've made a lot of these decisions and I'll live with whatever it is, but yeah, from a golf side of things, if I just lowered my expectations a bit, I think the frustration levels would have been down.

“I missed the boat on finding the right cadence for the ‘super season.’ It certainly feels like here in the States that a lot of things are returning to a bit more normal, you would say, and hopefully as we go into next season, (we can) fall back into so many old rhythms.”

There was one player whose World Ranking qualified him to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, but he was leaning against going in the months beforehand. With a major championship right in front of the Olympics and a World Golf Championships event (FedEx St. Jude) and FedExCup Playoffs lurking shortly afterward, going all the way to Tokyo might not be the most prudent move in pacing himself. In the end, however, that player opted to go; he simply didn’t want to live with the regrets he might harbor in his heart if he didn’t.

Xander Schauffele takes gold at the Olympics

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