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BMW CHAMPIONSHIP-CHAMPION JUSTIN THOMAS records a Thank You message to his supporters on social media after his press conference. THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears-Director of Content and creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, andon Linkedin or Facebook. On the putting clock at Medinah, during the BMW Championship _____________________________________________________________________

THAT’S TEN, career wins for Justin Thomas in the professional ranks. And he did it in fine form, winning the BMW Championship by three shots over Patrick Cantlay.

Who, would have ever thought that 25 under par would happen on Medinah #3. Second place was 22 under par. Besides that, 20 under par (Hidecki Matsuyama) was only good enough for third place. Poor Tony Finau, 18 under par only got him 4th place.

So after shooting 61, a course record in Saturday’s third round. What could Thomas possibly do for an encore. What Thomas did accomplish besides winning the BMW, and taking home $1,665,000 for a weeks work. Was shooting a 4 under par 68, and showing the world when needed, he can flip a club upside down and hit a lefthanded shot. As he did on the par 5 tenth hole, where he almost put his second shot out on Lake Avenue. The ball hit the top of the fence before coming down under the branch of a small tree.

Because he had a six shot lead to start the round, Thomas said he was nervous on the way to the course, because what was on his mind was not losing the tournament.  And  wanting a good position going into the tour championship.

So when that six shot lead shrunk to just 2 shots on the 11th tee, Thomas did need to refocus a little. So Thomas just went out, and birdied three of the next five holes, and that was good enough to hold off Cantlays late charge.

Click here, to listen to Justin Thomas and his championship press conference.

Tiger Woods will not be defending his title in Atlanta this week. Saying he’s disapointed to miss the tour championship. Tiger called 2019 a great year for him, by winning another green jacket.

Phil Mickelson had an interesting day, that started before he left his hotel room. Staying in the hotel next door to Medinah, Mickelson had to be evacuated from the top floor when it was struck by lightning, and a small fire started on the roof. Because he left without his clubs, there was some question if he could get back in to get them. So Mickelson told his Twitter world, I don’t have my clubs and I don’t know if can play. But he got them in time to warm up and play.

Lucas Glover and Jason Kokrak finished 29th and 30th, to be the last two players into the tour championship. Shane Lowery fell back to 33rd to miss the top 30, along with Jordan Spieth who dropped to 44th, and misses the tour championship for the second straight year.

The BMW Championship returns to the Chicago area in August of 2020 and held at Olympia Fields Country Club. The Gog Blog Speaks Out, returns tomorrow.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.