LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Marc Leishman put the finishing touches on his best year in golf and already was looking ahead to make it even better.
With his wire-to-wire, five-shot victory in the BMW Championship — his first tournament after losing a two-shot lead on the back nine at the TPC Boston — Leishman now is in range to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus this week at East Lake in the Tour Championship.
All he has to do is win.
Leishman not only won for the second time this year, he has the No. 4 seed this week for the FedEx Cup finale. While everyone in the 30-man field has a mathematical chance of claiming golf’s richest prize, the top five seeds only have to win to capture the cup.
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The way Leishman has been playing, it doesn’t seem out of reach.
At his side were two trophies — one from the BMW Championship, the other from the Western Golf Association, which has run this tournament since 1899.
“I had my sights set high for the FedEx Cup and trying to get into the top 5 and with these sitting here,” he said, pausing to glance at the silver trophies, “if I have another good week, who knows what might happen?”
So after 46 tournaments, the FedEx Cup comes down to one week.
British Open champion Jordan Spieth, PGA champion Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Leishman and Jon Rahm of Spain are the top five seeds.
For some players, they were just happy to be there.
Xander Schauffele started the year by missing six of 11 cuts and finishing inside the top 25 just once — he tied for 24th at the Wells Fargo Championship in early May. Back then, he was only thinking about keeping his card in his rookie season.
He tied for fifth at the U.S. Open. He won The Greenbrier Classic. He was in position to achieve a lofty goal — East Lake — at No. 32 in the FedEx Cup until he began the final round with 10 pars and two bogeys.
“I told my caddie, ‘I really don’t want the year to end, we’re having so much fun,’” he said.
And then golf got really fun. Schauffele birdied the next two holes, drove the 15th green and made a 30-foot eagle putt , birdied the 16th and then added a final birdie on the 18th for a 4-under 67 that moved him into the top 30.
“Once you reach goals, you make new ones,” he said. “And I’ve been making a lot of new ones.”
Patrick Cantlay, another PGA Tour rookie, had…