While there are many other great and popular players on the American team — including Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk — it is up to Woods to become the leader.
Snedeker collected $1.44 million for winning the Tour Championship, his second title of the year. And he won $10 million for capturing the FedEx Cup.
Thousands of fans chased after Woods and McIlroy, in the marquee group based on their standing in the FedEx Cup — Woods at No. 1 and McIlroy at No. 3. Both of them got off to a reasonable start.
Bill Haas made a stunning par save from shallow water, then won the high-stakes FedEx Cup on Sunday worth $11.44 million
Of the top five players in the FedEx Cup, only Luke Donald remains in serious contention. That means Mahan has a shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus if he were to win the Tour Championship (and its paltry $1.44 million payoff).
Right when it looked as though Justin Rose might blow a big lead, he chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole to secure a two-shot victory Sunday in the BMW Championship that sends him to East Lake for a shot at $10 million.
Even as Cog Hill played tougher under sunshine and swirling wind, Rose made only one bogey as his top challengers fell apart. He wound up with a 2-under 69 and built a four-shot lead going into the final round at Cog Hill.
All three of them were outside the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings, on the verge of being eliminated from the chase for a $10 million prize.
Webb Simpson made three big putts, the last one giving him an unlikely win Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Watson was one shot ahead of five players. Another five players were two shots behind. Seven other players were three shots behind. And even Phil Mickelson, who started the round 11 shots behind, suddenly was only four back.
In a FedEx Cup that came down to the final hole Sunday in the Tour Championship, Furyk nearly holed a bunker shot and knocked in the 2 1/2-foot par putt to close with an even-par 70.
It was the second victory this year for Johnson, a 26-year-old American who has quickly emerged as one of golf’s rising stars.
Woods got off to a rugged start Sunday in the BMW Championship and shot 1-under 70, leaving too far back to get into the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings and qualify for the playoff finale at the Tour Championship.
Jim Furyk picked a bad time to sleep in. That left PGA Tour officials no choice but to disqualify him from the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events.
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