In case no one noticed, Justin Rose did what he had to do in order to win the 2018 FedEx Cup Championship, in the process capturing the $US 10 million bonus that goes along with being named golf’s best professional player of the season.
Winning the FedEx Cup is a testament to consistency and Rose has been at or near the top for the better part of a decade or longer and this season has found him ranked number one in the world, in addition to winning the season-long contest to earn the right to be called the best golfer in the world.
Yet, following the Tour Championship at East Lake, the final of the U S PGA’s four tournament play down, Rose was more afterthought than anything else, as the tournament was won by none other than Tiger Woods, who is the span of the past season completed one of the more remarkable comebacks in the history of competitive sports.
Woods was in position to win the tournament after the third round, when he led by three strokes. Past history shows that when Woods, the best front-runner golf has ever produced, goes into a final round either tied or leading, he has seldom failed to produce the win.
Rose and Woods could well be going against one another in Paris weekend coming during the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Woods was a Captain’s pick for the team, as U S Captain Jim Furyk selected Woods and may come off as a genius for doing so, as Woods has peaked at the absolute perfect time.
Rose was never in doubt for Europe. He had two wins during the season and came close to winning the British Open, where he finished tied second. He had 11 top-ten finishes during the season and won over $US 8 million. He was in the top-10 for many significant statistical categories, including second for most number of birdies during a round, scoring average and third for money earned.