Lucas Glover made a par on the first playoff hole to win over Patrick Cantlay and earn the FedEx St. Jude Championship on Sunday at TPC Southwind. Glover’s par stood up after Cantlay hit his tee shot into the water on the 18th hole and could not make a long par putt.
Glover picked up the $3.6 million winner’s share along with 2,000 FedEx Points. Cantlay finished in 2nd place earning $2.18 million and 1,200 points, while Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy split the 3rd and 4th place money bring home $1.16 million and 650 points each. The Fedex Cup St. Jude Championship had a $20 million purse.
Over the last two weeks, Lucas Glover has gone from a relatively unknown golfer, fighting to keeping his PGA Tour card, to the hottest player in the game. He has gone from 112th to 49th to 4th in the FedEx Cup Standings in just two weeks. The top 50 qualified for the upcoming BMW Championship, with the top 30 moving to the Tour Championship.
After managing to put together back-to-back wins he has now given himself a solid chance to win the FedEx Cup and make the Ryder Cup team. When asked whether he would pick himself for the Ryder Cup team right now Glover replied, “Yes, I’m playing pretty good golf. I think I’d be good in the team room and a good partner. So absolutely yes.” The most recent Ryder Cup Team Standings has Glover sitting in the 16th position.
The FedEx BMW Championship, contested at Olympia Fields’ North Course outside of Chicago, Illinois on August 17-20, will also feature a $20 million purse with quadruple FedExCup points. It’s the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs with a 50-player field all eager to nail their spots at East Lake. This leg has a twofold meaning, to a number of the golfers, when it comes to not only the designated event purse but also the FedEx points that will determine the number of “Strokes” a player will receive in the Tour Championship next week at East Lake.
The top 25 players heading into the Tour Championship receive anywhere from 10 to 1 stroke(s) while the last 5 qualifiers start at even par. Currently, the top 10 players in the FedEx Point Standings are, 1. John Rahm 3386, 2. Scottie Scheffler 3238, 3. Rory McIlroy 2954, 4. Lucas Glover 2885, 5. Patrick Cantlay 2643, 6. Max Homa 2451, 7. Viktor Hovland 2024, 8. Wyndham Clark 1957, 9. Brian Harman 1919, 10 Tommy Fleetwood 1834.
Olympia Fields is hosting the BMW Championship for the 2nd time on its famous “North Course” designed by Willie Park Jr. in 1923. At 7,366 yards, Olympia Fields plays long for a par 70. It features Bentgrass throughout, long and penal 4-inch rough, and firm, fast greens. In 2020, Jon Rahm beat Dustin Johnson in a playoff. The winning score that week was 4-under 276 and only 5 players finished under par for the tournament. It’s a major championship-level course so players will be tested by this bunker-covered layout.