Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Sports News, DeChambeau makes it two straight wins

Sports News, DeChambeau makes it two straight wins

American Bryson DeChambeau held tough for his second consecutive FedEx Cup playoffs victory to ensure he will top the rankings heading into the US PGA Tour's season-ending Tour Championship later this month.

DeChambeau is the first person to win the first two tournaments in the FedEx Cup since 2008, when a different points system allowed Vijay Singh to effectively wrap up the title before the final playoff event.

United States of America captain Jim Furyk will name three of his four wildcard picks on Tuesday, and after DeChambeau's recent successes, it is unthinkable he will not be included among them.

DeChambeau, with his third victory this year, was assured of being the No. 1 seed when he gets to the Tour Championship, no matter what happens next week at the third playoff event outside Philadelphia. Dechambeau, who now leads the FedEx Cup playoffs, has moved to No. 7 in the world.

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Smith began his move with a birdie on the 10, and when he made back-to-back birdies on the 15 and 16 holes, he was suddenly within one of DeChambeau.

Starting the day one shot behind overnight leader Abraham Ancer, DeChambeau soon got his nose in front thanks to two early birdies, and although Hideki Matsuyama, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Rory McIlroy briefly challenged his position, further birdies at seven, eight and nine saw him stretch things out.

A few others also were happy to have another week left in a long season.

Greater suspense is likely next Monday when Furyk makes one final pick to complete his 12-man team.

Australia's Cameron Smith was third at 13-under, while 14-time major victor Tiger Woods carded an even round to finish tied for 24th at 7-under.

Bryson DeChambeau and Tiger Woods are widely expected to be given a wildcard slot. 9, 10 and 11 in points when qualifying ended for eight automatic berths after the PGA Championship. Woods closed with a 71 and tied for 24th. Woods briefly had the lead Sunday in the British Open until he tied for sixth, and he shot a career-best final round of 64 to finish second in the PGA Championship.

This will be Mickelson's 12th Ryder Cup appearance, and he will look to improve upon his 18-20-7 overall record. "But it certainly doesn't hurt".

The top 30 will compete in the Tour Championship, the final event of the season, on September 20 to 23 at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

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