De Jonge qualifies for Tour Championship

HARARE – Zimbabwean golfer Brendon de Jonge has qualified for this week’s The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola tournament at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

De Jonge qualified for the tournament after his 18th place at the BMW Championship on Monday after he carded a five-under 279.

American Zach Johnson won the tournament after he fired a final-round 65 to finish 72 holes on 16-under par 268, two strokes ahead of countryman Nick Watney, who closed with a 64.

The reigning Zimbabwe Sportsperson of the Year ended up 27th on the FedEx Cup list which earned him a place at The Tour Championship.

The tournament is open to only the top 30 ranked golfers on the four-event FedEx Cup playoff.

This is the first time that the Harare-born golfer has qualified for this event and he has been paired together with D.A Points for the first round which begins Thursday.

The limited field of the top 30 players on the FedEx Cup list will compete for a total purse of $8 million, with the winner’s share of $1.44 million.

What makes The Tour Championship interesting is that all the 30 golfers can still win the FedEx Cup if they emerge victorious in Atlanta this weekend.

Last year, Brandt Snedeker won both the tournament and the FedEx Cup’s top prize with a final-round 68, good for a three-shot romp that left both world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in his wake.

Snedeker’s winning score of 270 in 2012 was the lowest at East Lake since Woods’ sizzling 257 in 2007.

Meanwhile, PGA Tour veteran Jim Furyk, who finished in third place at the BMW Championship after relinquishing the 54-hole lead is hoping for a change in fortune at this week’s tournament.

"I'll be disappointed I didn't win (at Conway Farms), but I've got some positives," said Furyk, who has recorded seven top-10s in 21 starts on the 2013 PGA Tour.

"I'm playing really well on a golf course I like in Atlanta, and a win there could do some damage."

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