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Recent runner-up Ryan Moore will make his Ryder Cup debut next week at Hazeltine National Golf Club, receiving the last of four captain's picks to complete the 12-man roster for the American side.

Moore just shared runner-up honors with Kevin Chappell at today's TOUR Championship, losing to Rory McIlroy in a playoff at day's end. Still, he's been playing inspired golf at just the right time to earn a seat on the American Ryder Cup squad. He closed the 2015-16 campaign with top 10s in four of his last six starts, including a victory at the John Deere Classic. Moore brings a long track record of Match Play success as an amateur but he's just 7-8-1 in singles on the PGA TOUR and 0-2-0 on the now-defunct European Tour's Volvo World Match Play event. Moore doesn't bring distance to the table, but he's 18th on TOUR in driving accuracy, 16th in proximity to hole, and 32nd in strokes gained putting. His play from approach to hole's completion will pair nicely with any of the bombers currently on the American squad and his laid-back personality certainly won't stir any feathers in terms of team chemistry.
Sep 25 - 10:18 PM

15-seed and overnight co-leader Kevin Chappell carded 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to match Ryan Moore and Rory McIlory on 12-under 268, and then was eliminated on the first hole of sudden death, the par-5 18th, with par to McIlroy and Moore's birdies.

The 30-year-old began R4 co-leading with playing competitor and FedExCup leader Dustin Johnson. He bettered Johnson by seven shots but unfortunately, McIlroy and Moore tied for the week's best rounds with 64s. The Californian was 5-under thru 16 holes, outpacing bogey-4 at the second with birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 8, 10, 13 and 16, but opened the door with bogey on the par-4 17th (failed scramble) and then failed to birdie the par-5 finishing hole. Chappell records his fourth runner-up this season in 27 starts and adds to an already career-best season with his eighth top 10. Chasing his first win in his 167th career event, he settles for a sixth career runner-up and a personal-best eighth in the final FedExCup standings.
Sep 25 - 8:53 PM

Hall-of-Famer and legend Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87.

The 62-time PGA TOUR winner was revolutionary for the game of golf, but he'll be remembered just as much for his contributions as a human being, off the links. The King won his first TOUR event in 1955 at the Canadian Open and capped off his TOUR winning with a victory at the 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic. That included 44 wins during his 30s. It is a sad day and Palmer will be truly missed by everyone in the golfing community.
Sep 25 - 8:47 PM

14-seed Ryan Moore painted a bogey-free, week-and-season-low 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to match overnight co-leader Kevin Chappell and Rory McIlroy on 12-under 268, and then lost to McIlroy on the fourth hole of sudden death.

The 33-year-old began R4 in a two-way T3 on 6-under, two adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Chappell and Dustin Johnson. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with McIlroy, he split nine (of 14) fairways and circled six birdies on 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.600 putts per GIR. The UNLV alum had an 8'3" birdie try on the 72nd hole to win in regular time, but missed. In the playoff, he courageously battled McIlroy to a stalemate thru three holes, two tours of the par-5 18th and the par-3 15th, and then canned a lengthy par-saver on the par-4 16th, only to watch McIlroy curl-in a mid-range birdie for the win. Moore's P2 is his third top 10 in these Playoffs and a career-high ninth of the season (23 starts). He climbed seven spots to a career-best seventh in the FedExCup standings.
Sep 25 - 8:14 PM

Overnight co-leader and 1-seed Dustin Johnson coughed up a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to drop five places on the leaderboard into a two-way T6 on 5-under 275, relinquishing the tournament and FedExCup title to champion Rory McIlroy, who won in sudden death over Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell.

The FEC leader began the final frame co-leading with playing competitor Chappell on 8-under, two clear of McIlroy and Moore who comprised the next-to-last twosome. His task was simple, win the Playoffs finale and he wins the FEC crown. The 32-year-old, whose win at the U.S. Open pushed aside several final-round disappointments in his career, will have a new set of demons after posting the worst lap of the day. For a second straight round, he mustered just six (of 14) fairways en route to only two birdies versus three bogeys and a double. Johnson swallowed a -3.430 in SG: Putting and played his final 11 holes in birdie-less 3-over. Despite his final-round woes, he still had a chance to claim the $10M FEC bonus, provided that McIlroy didn't win the tourney, but the Northern Irishman did in dramatic fashion. Both now lead their respective teams into this week's Ryder Cup.
Sep 25 - 7:50 PM

With a dramatic birdie on the fourth hole of sudden death, 6-seed Rory McIlroy eliminated 14-seed Ryan Moore and won the TOUR Championship as well as the FedExCup, snaring his 13th TOUR title in his 117th career start and pocketing the $10M dollar FedExCup bonus.

The 27-year-old bags his second TOUR win this postseason and second on 18 starts in 2015-16. It's his sixth career come-from-behind victory, second in his last three events, having also heisted the Deutsche Bank with a closing 65, erasing a six-shot deficit to win by two. The Ulsterman began the finale in a two-way T3 on 6-under, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with Moore, he fired a week and season-tying-low 64, erasing one bogey with five birdies and a hole-out eagle on the par-4 16th from 137 yards away, matching Moore and Chappell on 12-under 268. In sudden death, McIlroy went toe-to-toe with Moore for three holes, missing two earlier chances to win, but finally dispatched the American with a right-to-left birdie in fading daylight.
Sep 25 - 7:26 PM

5-seed Paul Casey painted a week-tying-low 6-under-par 32-32=64 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to round off his third appearance on 9-under 271, up three places to solo fourth, three shots out of a three-man playoff involving Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell.

The 39-year-old matches his best at East Lake (T4/2010) and records his third straight top-5 finish, joining runners-up at the Deutsche Bank and BMW Championships. He did however, drop two places to seventh in the final FedExCup standings, just shy of a career-best 6th-place finish back in 2010. The Englishman began the finale in a two-way T7 on 3-under, five back of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. He squared a lone bogey-4 at the 16th, but camouflaged it with seven birdies on 13 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.462 putts per GIR. For the week, Casey tallied one eagle and 15 birdies against six bogeys and one double. His 64 is a season low in 74 rounds, brushing aside 66 five times.
Sep 25 - 6:54 PM

12-seed Justin Thomas carded a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to finish off his tournament debut on 5-under 275, up three spots into a two-way T6, and finishing a career-best 12th in the final FedExCup standings.

The 23-year-old began the final round in solo ninth on 2-under after opening in 68-71-69. He squared a lone bogey on the par-3 second (failed scramble) but outpaced it with birdies on holes 3, 6, 14 and 18, three from inside of 10 feet with a long of 16'11" at the par-4 14th. For the week, he carded 15 birdies against eight bogeys and a double, ending the season with seven top 10s in 28 events, matching the same amount of top 10s he had in last year's rookie campaign on 30 starts.
Sep 25 - 6:36 PM

17-seed Hideki Matsuyama pieced together a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to conclude his third visit on 6-under 274, good for solo fifth, brushing aside a previous best of T12 last year.

The 24-year-old began the finale in solo fifth and that's where he finished, but does bump four spots to a career-best 13th in the final FedExCup standings, eclipsing a 16th-place finish last season. Matsuyama was 3-under thru 17 holes, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at the 14th with birdies on Nos. 9, 11, 12 and 17, but walked off with a double bogey-7 after taking five to get to the surface on the par-5 18th. For the week, he totaled 18 birdies versus seven doubles and one triple en route to his eighth top 10 of the season in 23 starts.
Sep 25 - 6:19 PM

27-seed Jason Dufner back-pedaled to an even-par 34-36=70 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to conclude his fifth appearance on 4-under 276, down two spots into a two-way T8, but climbing eight spots to 19th in the final FedExCup standings.

The 39-year-old began the final round in solo sixth on 6-under, four adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. He book-ended bogeys on Nos. 1 and 9, sandwiching three straight birdies on 5-7, to turn 1-under. The Auburn alum came to the house in 1-over, outpacing birdie at the par-4 12th with a double bogey-6 at the 10th. For the week, he carded one eagle and 13 birdies against nine bogeys and a double, and ends the season with six top 10s in 28 starts. Dufner's T8 is a personal best at East Lake, supplanting T9 on last visit in 2013.
Sep 25 - 6:07 PM

Grayson Murray spun a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in the final round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship to claim the title at 12-under 272.

This is Murray's first Web.com Tour win, although he had already secured a 2016-17 PGA TOUR card with a strong 2016 season. This victory, combined with a third-place finish last week in Boise, has him second on the combined money list, meaning he will have excellent status on TOUR next year regardless of what happens next week. Cameron Smith was the runner-up at 11-under.
Sep 25 - 6:04 PM

30-seed Charl Schwartzel backed up with a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to finish up his second appearance on 2-under 278, down three places into a five-way T10.

The 32-year-old began the final frame in a two-way T7 on 3-under, five back of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. He circled five birdies on just four (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, but cancelled them with four bogeys and a double bogey-5 at the 15th. For the week, he was No. 1 in eagles (with two) and added 14 birdies against 10 bogeys and three doubles. It's his fifth top 10 of the season in 19 starts, 12th top 25, and is projected to climb five spots to a career-best 25th in the final FedExCup standings.
Sep 25 - 5:47 PM

PGA TOUR rookie and 9-seed Emiliano Grillo rallied for a 1-under-par 38-31=69 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to post 2-under 278, projecting to drop two places to 11th in the final FedExCup standings.

The 24-year-old went out in birdie-less 3-over 38, squaring bogey-5s at Nos. 4, 5 and 7, but came home in bogey-free 4-under, circling birdies at 10, 12, 16 and 18. After opening in 73-70, he played his final 36 holes in 66-69 to climb back into a share of 10th-place, exactly where fellow rookie Si Woo Kim concluded. For the week, the Argentine totaled 13 birdies against 11 bogeys as he battled Kim for Rookie of the Year honors.
Sep 25 - 5:29 PM

24-seed Bubba Watson rounded off his seventh TOUR Championship with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 and reached 2-under 278, up four spots to T10 with play still in progress and is projecting at 21st in the FedExCup standings.

In a last ditch effort to secure the final Captain's Pick, the 37-year-old played the weekend in 66-67 after opening in 72-73. If the top 10 holds, it'll be just his fourth of the season in 19 starts, first since solo second at Doral 29 weeks ago. For the week, he totaled 14 birdies versus 10 bogeys and a double, concluding with four birdies against one bogey on eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation.
Sep 25 - 5:18 PM

20-seed Gary Woodland crafted a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to wrap his fourth appearance on 2-under 278, up four places to T10 with play still in progress.

The 32-year-old began the finale on 1-over (T14) after opening in progressively better laps of 72-70-69. He kept that trajectory going with a closing 67, circling three birdies, each from inside of eight feet, on six (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. For the week, the Kansas alum carded 13 birdies against seven bogeys and two doubles, though he did play his final 36 holes with only one blemish, a bogey-4 on the 15th in R3. If the top 10 holds, it will be his fourth of the season in 26 starts and is projected to finish 20th in the FedExCup standings, exactly where he entered the week.
Sep 25 - 5:01 PM


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