Casey has had some success at the Tour Championship. He loves East Lake and is making his fourth appearance at the event. He finished fourth twice and fifth once. In 2010, his fourth-place finish enabled Tour Championship winner Jim Furyk to win the FedEx Cup. Had Casey finished second, the grand prize would have belonged to him.
"I think right now I would rather take the Tour Championship victory, I really would," Casey said. "... I love the FedEx Cup, it's great. We're very fortunate to be able to play for what we play for, don't get me wrong, but I would love to have that title. In fact, I would take the title and not the money Sunday."
Thomas is making his second trip to the Tour Championship in a season were he likely will win Player of the Year honors with five victories, including a major in the PGA Championship. He tied for sixth last year. Thomas entered this Tour Championship as one of five players who control their own fate. A victory and the playoff title belongs to him, thus adding to the collection of trophies and oversized checks he has accumulated this year.
"It's nice to have everything in my own hands and know that if I just take care of what I need to do, then it's over with," said Thomas, who entered second in the FedEx Cup point standings.
First-round leader Kyle Stanley shot 3 over par and joins the group of three tied for 15th at 3 under par with Dustin Johnson and Spieth, two of the favored five who control their fate. The other, Rahm, is one stroke behind the leaders.
There is still much golf to be played. Rest assured, East Lake will have a lot to say about who will be holding trophies when it's over.
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