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Thomas intrigued by FedEx Cup finish

19th August 2019, 14:07 by James Mason

Justin Thomas says it will be a "different" and potentially "intense" FedEx Cup finish at this week's season-ending Tour Championship.

Major changes were made to the FedEx Cup this season with the PGA Tour bringing the Playoffs forward so not to clash with the start of the NFL campaign, while the number of tournaments was reduced from four to three.

Also, a new system was brought in that see's players receive a stroke advantage based on their position in the FedEx Cup rankings after the BMW Championship.

The rankings leader will start the Tour Championship at −10, number two at −8, number three at −7, number four at −6 and number five at −5. Players ranked 6 to 10 will start at −4, 11 to 15 at −3, 16 to 20 at −2, 21 to 25 at −1 and 26 to 30 will start from 0.

World number five Thomas will start the season-ending event at East Lake, which gets underway on Thursday, top of the pile after his victory at the BMW Championship on Sunday catapulted him into first.

The winner of the Tour Championship will be crowned FedEx Cup champion and Thomas, who now has 10 PGA Tour titles to his name, says there is a feeling of the unknown ahead of the final tournament.

"It's going to be different. I think it has the potential to be extremely intense leaderboard come Sunday but obviously, with the separation you have the potential of who knows, you know," he was quoted as saying by golf-monthly.com.

"It could be a two-man show or one-man show or three-man show, whatever. I know I'm in a lot better position starting at 10-under than I was at three or something like that, probably was at the start of the week or four."

The top-30 players will be teeing it up at East Lake and they will start Thursday's opening round on the following score.

10 under: Thomas

8 under: Patrick Cantlay

7 under: Brooks Koepka

6 under: Patrick Reed

5 under: Rory McIlroy

4 under: Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer

3 under: Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama

2 under: Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner

1 under: Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners, Sungjae Im, Chez Reavie

Level par: Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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