The Tour Championship went against all expectations. Eventually, all forecasts were wrong and the winner’s check was taken by a golfer who was not even considered to be a viable candidate before the race. In the end, this competition was decided by the struggle on the course and not by some statistics.
After recovering from a horrendous shot in the water, Bill Haas beat Hunter Mahan in the impressive play-off and won the Tour Championship along with the FedEx Cup and golf’s biggest prize check of $11.44 million.
The golfer managed a miraculous comeback as it seemed that his performance was ruined after the ball that he shot on the 17th hole ended up in the water. But instead of hanging his head, Bill Haas delivered a wonderful shot on the next hole.
About six players had good chances to win the FedEx Cup, including Webb Simpson who started competing at the top of the points list eventually settled for 22nd place, ten shots behind the leader. World no. 1 Luke Donald was close to winning both events but, in the end, he was one shot behind Haas and finished third.
And though it was not so likely, the winner of the Tour Championship won the FedEx Cup as well. The winner himself did not know that he collected the main prize as well until his wife nodded at him and he realized that he pocketed the FedEx Cup’s $10 million prize and the event’s $1.44 million bonus. Runner-up Mahan took only $864,000 for the Tour Championship and $700,000 for his seventh position in the FedEx Cup.