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Thomas holds on to win BMW Championship

Justin Thomas had more stress than he needed Sunday before regaining control with four birdies on the back nine at Medinah to win the BMW Championship and claim the No. 1 seed going into the FedEx Cup finale.

Thomas closed with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay, who shot 65 and will be the No. 2 seed.

Thomas started with a six-shot lead and still led by that margin through seven holes. Three holes later, Cantlay narrowed the lead to two shots with eight to play. Thomas answered with three birdies on the next five holes, and Cantlay couldn't keep up.

Justin Thomas and Tony Finau walk to the first hole fairway during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Medinah, Ill. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

The top 30 advance to the Tour Championship. Masters champion Tiger Woods will not be among them to defend his title at East Lake.

Patrick Cantlay watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Medinah, Ill. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, hits his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Medinah, Ill. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Fans watch Tiger Woods' tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Medinah, Ill. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)

Tiger Woods, center, walks to the 13th green during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Medinah, Ill. (AP PhotoNam Y. Huh)