American Justin Thomas admitted it was a mixed feeling as he failed to win the Tour Championship but still won the FedExCup and the $10million jackpot.
Another fine performance this weekend allowed Thomas to jump above Jordan Spieth in the FedEx rankings but it was not enough to win last weekend’s event.
The 24-year-old finished second on 11-under par, just one shot behind eventual winner Xander Schauffele.
Schauffele kept his composure to shoot a final round of 68, while overnight leader Paul Casey slumped to fifth after a round of 73.
Thomas moved into a tie for the lead at the 16th and looked in a good position to win his sixth tournament of the season but he admits the consolation prize does make up for it.
He told Sky Sports: “I’m bummed to not be in a play-off and have a chance to win, but that was a gutsy birdie Xander made on 18.
I was trying to win a golf tournament, but winning the FedExCup is a great bonus.
“It’s a feeling I’ve never experienced before. It’s just weird because it didn’t come with winning the golf tournament so it’s hard to fully appreciate it.
“It’s a tremendous honour and I’m really excited to have my name on the trophy.”
Spieth had been hoping to top the rankings for a second time but he was quick to congratulate his fellow countrymen.
He added: “It was a great season, if I could repeat it every year for the rest of my career I certainly would.
“I think it’s rightfully so that he (Thomas) wins the season-long race this year.
Five wins with a major championship and you’d like the FedEx Cup to go to the most deserving player for the entire year and I think that’s him.”