The Shorty: Mastery And Magic

Justin Thomas

The Labor Day weekend latest: Justin Thomas won the PGA Tour’s second FedEx Cup playoff event, the Dell Technologies Championship, on Monday, defeating his pal Jordan Spieth by three strokes thanks to a 63-66 weekend outside Boston.

The victory was Thomas’ fifth of the season – a total that includes his first major, the PGA Championship, which he captured at Quail Hollow Club just three weeks ago – and moved him into second place behind Spieth in the FedEx Cup standings with two playoff events, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, remaining. But it likely pushed him ahead of Spieth as the favorite in the Tour’s player-of-the-year race.


All great stuff for the 24-year-old Kentuckian. But the news from New England was by no means the greatest to emerge from a long weekend that capped an unusual week marked by an unfolding natural disaster in Texas.

As the biblical rains of Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, several notable pros – and some not so well known – pledged financial aid to the relief effort. Stacy Lewis, a Houston-area native and resident of the city, said she would donate every dollar she earned at the LPGA’s Cambia Portland Classic to the cause.

A two-time major champion who overcame scoliosis to achieve considerable success in golf, Lewis had gone more than three years without winning, finishing second 12 times during that stretch. Playing for a larger purpose in Oregon, the 32-year-old Texan came through in spades on Sunday, winning the tournament by a stroke and donating her $195,000 first-place check. Two of Lewis’ sponsors kicked in almost $1.2 million more.    

Every once in awhile golf produces a magic moment. This one transcended birdies and bogeys.

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