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Jordan Spieth, Sahith Theegala, Sepp Straka on FedEx Cup rollercoaster

2023 BMW Championship

The season-ending Tour Championship features an exclusive field of the top-30 players on the FedEx Cup points list.

For those PGA Tour golfers hugging that top-30 cutline this week at the BMW Championship, getting to the season-finale at East Lake was stressful, with each birdie putt providing a jolt of adrenaline and every bogey feeling like a kick to the gut.

Sunday was once again a rollercoaster of emotions for those players angling for one of those coveted tee times at the 2023 Tour Championship, where the winning prize is $18 million in bonus money.

It made for a fascinating few hours of television on CBS.

Fans enjoyed watching Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland, Matt Fitzpatrick and Max Homa battle for the win while also keeping tabs on the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Sahith Theegala and Sepp Straka, who were all battling to extend their seasons.

Here’s a closer look at the race to East Lake, where ultimately just one golfer played his way into the top 30 but several others walked a tightrope over the final 18 holes at Olympia Fields outside Chicago.

Matt Fitzpatrick tees off from the seventh tee during the final round of the 2023 BMW Championship. (Photo: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports)

For every golf that slides out, one moves up to take his spot.

The golfer who helped himself the most this week was Fitzpatrick, who began the BMW in the No. 40 spot but heads to Atlanta No. 10, thanks to a tie for second at Olympia Fields.

Fitzpatrick was the lone golfer at the BMW to go from outside the top 30 to inside. He’ll start next week 4 under due to the PGA Tour’s Starting Strokes format for the Tour Championship, six back of Scottie Scheffler, who will start in the pole position at 10 under.

2023 BMW Championship

Justin Rose watches his tee shot from the 15th tee during the third round of the 2023 BMW Championship. (Photo: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports)

Fellow Englishman Justin Rose decided to make things a little more interesting. He was 32nd to start the week, climbed inside the top 30 after 36 holes but then opened his final round with two bogies on his four holes. He had another on the 13th and ended up shooting a 3-over 73.

Rose missed 14 fairways Sunday, with 10 of those misses ending up in the left rough. He failed to record a single birdie Sunday and saw his season end after finishing No. 34 in points.

2023 BMW Championship

Jordan Spieth walks off the 18th green after finishing his round…


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