Late in the day, Victor Hovland battled one of the year’s runs on the PGA Tour to win the BMW Championship by one shot from Scotty Scheffler with a cumulative score of -17, on Sunday, at Olympia Fields in Chicago.
Hovland tied the course record with a score of 61 (-9) but was particularly impressive in the back nine, flying seven times for a score of 28.
His score of 61 also marks a personal mark since the beginning of his career on the PGA Tour. It’s also the best final round ever in a FedEx Cup qualifying event.
“I don’t have to think hard, it’s the best tour of my career,” Hovland, without hesitation, told CBS at the end of the tour. Because of the circumstances, the course, the scale of this event and the way I finished the last nine holes, it’s very special. »
Trailing by three shots at the start of the day, Hovland clung to Scheffler before pulling off a late run that culminated in a birdie on the 18th.H A hole to go to -17.
Scheffler, who had led all day, knew full well he needed two outs on the 17th and 18th to force overtime, but was unable to close the gap.
In the end, Scheffler tied Matthew Fitzpatrick for second with -15 overall after identical rounds of 66 (-4).
Corey Conners was the top Canadian in the BMW Championship after scoring a Card of 69 (1-under) on Sunday to finish 10th with a 7-under.
Native of Listowel, Ont., qualifies for the Tour Championship next week, as does Canadian Open champion Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Conners moved up six places to 19th in the FedEx Cup standings, while Taylor, who finished 47th at Olympia Fields, dropped six places to 22nd.
It turns out, the drama came from everywhere.
Jordan Spieth bogeyed his last two holes for a card of 71 and was poised to exit the FedEx Top-30 Cup traveling to East Lake next week for the Circuit Championship, but Denny McCarthy made three bogeys in his last seven holes and collapsed.
Sahith Thigala was the strongest of all. He tied three consecutive birdies to the 17th hole and was tipped to appear in the top 30. But he made a bogey on the last hole, while Patrick Cantlay, in his group, made birdie. Finding themselves tied for 15th place, this brave and birdie combination was enough to end Theegala’s season.
Sepp Straka finished 30th, nine points ahead of Tegala.
Xander Schauffele did what it took in his turn of 68 to finish eighth, earning enough cash to automatically earn the sixth and final Ryder Cup spot for Team USA. Scheufele was sure to land one of the six captain’s picks, but his result moved PGA Champion Brooks Koepka from fifth to seventh in the Ryder Cup standings.
USA captain Zack Johnson will pick his six draft picks in nine days.
The top 30 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings will be in attendance for the final tournament of the regular season that will crown the FedEx Cup winner and win a $10 million purse.