Key Takeaways from the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs

    By Evan Chronis

    The champion of the PGA Tour has been determined, and his name is Justin Rose. But if you thought that was the only big story from this past month of golf, you're in for a ride.

    The 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs supplied some of the year's best memories over the course of four tournaments, with the final day bringing about the craziest media storm the sport has seen in five years.

    Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the final event of the PGA Tour season: 

    It's Tiger's Time

    The summer months have been littered with conversation over the last two major tournaments, and it finally happened on Sunday — Tiger got one. After years of back surgeries and discussion about potential retirement, and an impressive showing in The Open and the PGA Championship, golf's most prolific name wowed the crowd at the Tour Championship on Sunday en route to an 80th career PGA Tour victory. 

    Woods took home the Tour Championship (his first win in over five years) by outlasting Billy Horschel by two strokes. The 42-year old Woods found himself up by five strokes on the back nine, but almost fumbled the lead away after bogeying the 15th and 16th holes. He rallied back, though, shooting for par on 17 and 18 to wrap up the title win. 

    The victory became an event beyond golf, as if the sports world took a moment to halt and honor the re-coronation of a king who had been gone for too long. And while predictions of Woods' return to prominence over the past few months have been justified, we now have proof that the 14-times major championship winner still has what it takes to be a major force.

    Onto the Ryder Cup, and onto 2019. 

    Age is But a Number for Justin Rose 

    Not many in the sport of golf would consider 38 to be old, but when you read that the average age of the past four winners of the FedEx Cup is 25, you start to reconsider. That's why Justin Rose's victory on Sunday is considered so special. Golf is becoming a younger man's game with a dearth of youthful talent lining the scorecards, but there's still room for the more experienced golfers to shine. And the best part is — it doesn't have to be flashy. 

    Rose took home the FedEx Cup Championship by remaining consistent throughout the final three legs of the playoffs. Rose placed second in the Dell Technologies Championship and BMW Championship, and finished T4 in the Tour Championship to finish ranked No.1 and take home the $10 million prize.

    Rose's coaches said after the victory that his commitment to always working on improving his game, even into his late 30's, has led to success for Rose at this point in his career. And according to them, Rose is just now playing his best golf. 

    DeChambeau is on the Rise

    Speaking of youth... it's still important to recognize the future when it's right in front of you. Bryson DeChambeau showed the golf world that he's here to stay with his third place finish in the FedEx Cup. There was a belief that the 25-year old may run away with the championship after collecting back-to-back wins in The Northern Trust Championship and the Dell Technologies Championship.

    DeChambeau carried a No.1 ranking into the Tour Championship, but wasn't able to hold his lead, finishing 19th in the tournament after four days. But the future is bright for the former U.S. Amateur Champion, and he could be on the cusp of greatness with a solid performance in the Ryder Cup and at The Masters® next April. 

    Reed Needs the Ryder Cup

    After failing to make the cut at the PGA Championship, reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed was looking to use the FedEx Cup Playoff to bounce back and end his year on a high note. Coming into the playoff ranked 10th on the tour, there was a real shot of the eccentric striker breaking into the top 5 when it was all said and done. However, fate had another plan for Reed. He failed to finish in the top 15 of any of the four tournaments, with his worse performance being a T35 finish at the Dell Technologies Championship and his best being a T19 finish at the BMW Championship. 

    Reed needs a pick-me-up if he has any hope of defending his Green Jacket next April, and the Ryder Cup may be just the thing to pick up his spirits. The American was electric in the 2016 Ryder Cup, putting on a duel with Rory McIlroy that will be remembered for ages. The Ryder Cup presents an opportunity for Reed to get back some of his lost mojo, so we'll see if he takes advantage of the opportunity. 

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