Justin Thomas capped off what has been an incredible season for the American with the FedEx Cup Trophy following the Tour Championship, the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The 24-year-old won four events on the PGA Tour during the 2016/17 campaign and only missed out on success in Atlanta by one shot to rookie Xander Schauffele.
The players on the PGA Tour don’t have much time off as the new season will begin in October. Here is a look at three players who can follow in the footsteps of Thomas by coming out on top in the FedEx Cup for the first time in the 2017/18 campaign.
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Spaniard Jon Rahm has had a breakthrough season on the PGA Tour and looks to be one of the players most likely to become a maiden Major winner in 2018. The 22-year-old won the Farmers Insurance Open back in January, his first success on the tour. He has also had two top-three finishes in the World Golf Championship events last season, while he was victorious in the Irish Open on the European Tour. The big-hitting European is now inside the top five of the world rankings and seems to be only heading one direction. He is available at +2200 in the latest golf odds for the Masters at Augusta in April where a victory would help him accumulate some big points towards the FedEx Cup playoffs later in the campaign.
Brooks Koepka picked up the biggest prize of his career last June when he came out on top in the US Open at Erin Hills. The American, who finished no worse than a tie for 13th at the Majors in 2017, was part of the USA team that won the Ryder Cup in 2016. He is now considered as one of the best players on the PGA Tour and is now starting to show some consistency to his game. Koepka has to work hard to earn his card as he played in Europe for the early stages of his career in order to gain experience and ranking points. Now that the 27-year-old is a regular in all the big events in the sport, he is going to continue to improve and could be an outside selection to win the FedEx Cup in 2018.
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England’s Tommy Fleetwood is a name that was not too familiar on the PGA Tour before this season, but he made a name for himself at the US Open, where he finished fourth after a strong week. The three-time European Tour winner also ended the Mexico Championship in second place, his best finish in a WGC event. The 26-year-old is likely to spend more time in America next season and if he gets off to a strong start to his campaign, he could have a strong chance of making the FedEx Cup playoffs and even be in contention for winning the $10 million bonus prize.
The opening event on the 2017/18 PGA Tour is the Safeway Open which begins on October 5 and was won last year by Brendan Steele.