For Keegan, today's playoff win over top-ranked Justin Rose is his first PGA Tour title in more than six years. "I kind of fell of the radar there for a little while".
Has just one top-10 finish since Players, but his T-24 at BMW was his sixth top-25 since then. He opened with three straight rounds of 4-under 66 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., then closed Monday with a 67 to move up two spots to No. 28 and earn a spot in the all-important Tour Championship, which will be played September 20-23 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Rose's putt tracked seemingly to the center of the cup, but it broke late, falling halfway down before lipping out.
Getting to world No. 1 is a career highlight for any golfer, but it's a bit bitersweet for Justin Rose.
"It's not that bad, a light drizzle so the 12 o'clock news on channel 3, they said come on out, so I said, 'You know what, I'm gonna come out, '" said spectator Philip Bonner. To win and to put everything together when I didn't know if I was going to win again, to get to the Tour Championship, to have them here and have what's going on in my life is just so unbelievable.
Rose trails Bryson DeChambeau, who won the first two playoff events, in the FedEx Cup standings. Rory McIlroy went bogey-free on the day, but only made two birdies to finish in fifth. That was about the time he was just starting to cope with back pain.
His consistent excellence finally overcame the millennial invasion - Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler - as well as the blossoming of his peers, Johnson and Bubba Watson. He finished the tournament at -17, not good enough to win, but more than good enough to keep himself in the FedEx Cup conversation.
All this means the Tour Championship, featuring the top 30 points earners on tour this year, will have some unexpected faces - and will be missing some familiar faces. Because he didn't add to his schedule a tournament he had not played in the last four years, he is in violation of the PGA Tour's scheduling policy.
So would Schauffele, who believes winning might be his only hope of persuading Jim Furyk to take him with the last captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
"I'm glad it's over", Matsuyama said.
Spieth began the year ranked second in the world but has dropped to 10th after failing to win and posting just five top-10 finishes.