FedEx Cup Standings 2017: Points, Playoff Standings After Dell Technologies

Players light up soggy TPC Boston paving way for exciting Monday finish			Drew Hallowell  Getty Images

Players light up soggy TPC Boston paving way for exciting Monday finish Drew Hallowell Getty Images

Palmer, Nicklaus and Player.

The Dell Technologies Championship was not a duel between Thomas and Spieth.

It's been that way for 10 years, ever since they met on the practice range before the final round of the Junior All-Star at Walnut Creek southwest of Dallas in the spring of 2007.

Thomas hasn't forgotten it, either.

Spieth grazed the edge of the cup with a 10-foot birdie attempt on the 17th, and then lost all hope with his approach into the bunker. He qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the TPC Boston at No. 91.

"We battled it out on Sunday and we were about tied and I edged him out that day", Spieth recalled.

Spieth bookended a pair of bogeys around a birdie at the 13 hole, a rollercoaster where he was tied for the lead (after the 12 hole), leading by himself (after the 13 hole) and one behind Thomas (after No. 14).

Thomas carded a bogey-free 63 and sank eight birdies on a rainy day at the par-71, 7,342-yard course at TPC Boston.

An NBC cameraman has avoided upsetting Marc Leishman at the US PGA Tour's second playoffs event with a stunning flick of the leg.

Johnson, the victor of The Northern Trust last weekend in the playoff opener, is projected to drop from first to second in the FedExCup standings if he finishes in his current spot.

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It felt like a duel only because Spieth and Thomas go so far back. That they're now doing it at the highest level of the sport continues to fuel each other's success. We're always competing, whether it was wanting to be on top of the Rolex Rankings in junior golf when we're 15, 16, wanting to be the low junior golfer at the U.S. Amateur.

Those old rivals eventually became, at least to a degree, "friends" but it took a long time and there was a lot of bad blood spilled before that happened. He is now up to fourth in the world with six career wins.

Thomas is projected to jump from third in the FedExCup standings to first should he be able to close out a victory.

A simple par at 17 followed for Thomas for him to carry a two-shot lead to 18. "It's tough when you've got somebody that's that good and hot and can close". At the start of this season, Spieth had 11 victories, over $25 million in earnings and had played in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup two times each. He won the PGA Championship in August and now has five, five! wins this season.

During Monday's final round, though, Thomas needed some of his best, too.

Spieth wasted a start that riled up the New England crowd - birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie - by missing the 14th green with a 5-iron for bogey.

Leishman birdied the first, second, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth to race to the turn in 30.

Game on, and eventually game over.

"I played really solid the first day in tough conditions and I played again today in tough conditions, I played solid", he said. "I think I'm stronger". "I enjoy that rush and just the satisfaction of beating everybody that week".

"I actually hit a pretty good shot but just spun it down and went into the rough". May it last many, many more years, for our sake and theirs.

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