It got a little closer than expected toward the end, but ultimately the best player of the playoffs walked away with the season-prize. Here’s how things ended up at the Tour Championship, where world No. 1 Dustin Johnson maintained his lead and left with $15 million:
Leaderboard: Dustin Johnson (-21), Xander Schauffele (-18), Justin Thomas (-18), Jon Rahm (-17)
What it means: Johnson started the week with a two-shot lead, and he began the final round five shots clear after factoring in the staggered start. While Schauffele and Thomas both cut into Johnson’s lead during a Labor Day finish at East Lake Golf Club, Johnson fended off the competition with a bogey-free back nine to close in 68. It’s Johnson’s third win since the Tour returned to competition in June, the first player to reach that number, and it likely gives him the edge in the upcoming Player of the Year voting. He closed the season in a torrid stretch, winning two of the three playoff events to go along with a runner-up finish at the PGA and a playoff loss at the BMW Championship. Johnson came close to the FedExCup title back in 2016, when he was edged out by Rory McIlroy, but this time it’s him alone at the top with the eight-figure first prize to show for it.
Round of the day: Had he started a little higher in the standings, Schauffele may have been able to win the event as he did three years ago. His 15-under 265 score was actually three shots clear of Rahm and four shots better than both Johnson and Thomas. But in part because Schauffele has not won this season, he started the week at 3 under and seven shots back. But a closing 66 continues his strong pattern of success at East Lake, included five birdies and got him a share of second place and a $4.5 million payday.
Best of the rest: Scottie Scheffler was one of just two rookies in the 30-man field, and he made a big move with a final-round 65. Scheffler didn’t have a win or runner-up finish to his credit this season, but his otherwise steady play got him a spot at the season finale. Monday’s closing round, which was bogey-free and featured three straight birdies on Nos. 5-7, moved him into solo fifth place and ensured a $2.5 million check.
Biggest disappointment: Rahm was the only player to beat Johnson during the playoffs, edging him in a memorable playoff last week outside Chicago. But his final-round charge was derailed by a double bogey on No. 4 after hitting his approach shot into the lip of a bunker. He rallied from there, carding four birdies and an eagle over his final 14 holes, but never got close enough to challenge the leader as he did a week ago at Olympia Fields.
Shot of the day: Johnson was still nursing a two-shot advantage when he stepped to the treacherous par-3 15th hole. With seemingly an ocean separating him from the green, he took dead aim and hit a shot from 234 yards to inside 15 feet, removing one of the few significant obstacles standing between him and an eight-figure check.
Quote of the day: “I wanted to be a FedExCup champion. It was something that, in my career, I wanted to be. And obviously today I got the FedExCup.” – Johnson
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The Los Angeles Lakers are heavy favorites to win the Finals against the Miami Heat with BetOnline posting them at -350.
The Lakers are nearly 78 percent likely to win the series, according to the implied odds. Miami is at +280 as the underdogs.
The Lakers are generally considered the NBA’s most public team in terms of gamblers.
Sportsnet announces broadcast schedule for first two days of MLB playoffs – Sportsnet.ca
The expanded MLB playoff format created a wild race to the finish but now that the dust is settled, the wild card round matchups are now set.
The 2020 season, already unique due to the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of play, will feature 16 teams instead of the usual 10 and begin with eight best-of-three series. All three games in each series will be played on consecutive days and be hosted by the team with the higher seed, with one playing eight, two playing seven and so on.
The wild card matchups are as follows:
All games involving the Blue Jays can be seen exclusively on Sportsnet and SN Now. Coverage of Game 1 between the Blue Jays and Rays will begin at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT with a special one-hour Blue Jays Central pre-game show before first pitch at 5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT. Coverage of Game 2 will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. PT with first pitch at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT.
Former Blue Jays pitcher John Axford joins Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell and Pat Tabler for the special one-hour Blue Jays Central pre-game show, featuring a musical opening by The Arkells and a video essay from Stephen Brunt that explores the Blue Jays extraordinary 2020 season.
After the wild card round, the playoffs will continue in the traditional format with the best-of-five division series, best-of-seven league championship round and best-of-seven World Series.
The division series will pit the winners of the one/eight matchups against the winners of the four/five matchups and the winners of the two/seven matchups against the winners of the three/six matchups.
MLB is adopting a bubble format for the post-season following the success of the NHL and NBA’s playoffs.
As a result, the American League division series will be played in San Diego and Los Angeles and the championship series will be played in San Diego. The National League division series will be played in Houston and Arlington, Texas. Arlington will also host the NL championship series and the World Series at Globe Life Park, the newly opened home of the Texas Rangers.
Below is the full schedule for the MLB playoffs. All times Eastern.
WILD CARD SERIES (BEST OF THREE)
|Tuesday, Sept. 29||Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8), Game 1||5 p.m.||SN|
|Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7), Game 1||3 p.m.||SN360|
|Twins (3) vs. Astros (6), Game 1||2 p.m.||SN1|
|Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5), Game 1||7 p.m.||SN1|
|Wednesday, Sept. 30||Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8), Game 2||4 p.m.||SN|
|Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7), Game 2||3 p.m.||SN360|
|Twins (3) vs. Astros (6), Game 2||1 p.m.||SN1|
|Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5), Game 2||7 p.m.||SN1|
|Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8), Game 1||10 p.m.||SN360|
|Braves (2) vs. Reds (7), Game 1||Noon||SN & SN360|
|Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6), Game 1||2 p.m.||SN NOW|
|Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5), Game 1||5 p.m.||SN NOW|
|Thursday, Oct. 1||Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8), Game 3||TBD|
|Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7), Game 3||TBD|
|Twins (3) vs. Astros (6), Game 3||TBD|
|Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5), Game 3||TBD|
|Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8), Game 2||TBD|
|Braves (2) vs. Reds (7), Game 2||TBD|
|Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6), Game 2||TBD|
|Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5), Game 2||TBD|
|Friday, Oct. 2||Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8), Game 3||TBD|
|Braves (2) vs. Reds (7), Game 3||TBD|
|Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6), Game 3||TBD|
|Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5), Game 3||TBD|
DIVISION SERIES (BEST OF FIVE)
|Monday, Oct. 5||AL Division Series A||Game 1||San Diego, (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)|
|AL Division Series B||Game 1||Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|Tuesday, Oct. 6||AL Division Series A||Game 2||San Diego, (1/8 vs 4/5 winners)|
|AL Division Series B||Game 2||Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|NL Division Series A||Game 1||Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)|
|NL Division Series B||Game 1||Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|Wednesday, Oct. 7||AL Division Series A||Game 3||San Diego, (1/8 vs 4/5 winners)|
|AL Division Series B||Game 3||Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|NL Division Series A||Game 2||Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)|
|NL Division Series B||Game 2||Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|Thursday, Oct. 8||AL Division Series A||Game 4||San Diego, (1/8 vs 4/5 winners)|
|AL Division Series B||Game 4||Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|NL Division Series A||Game 3||Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)|
|NL Division Series B||Game 3||Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|Friday, Oct. 9||AL Division Series A||Game 5||San Diego, (1/8 vs 4/5 winners)|
|AL Division Series B||Game 5||Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|NL Division Series A||Game 4||Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)|
|NL Division Series B||Game 4||Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
|Saturday, Oct. 10||NL Division Series A||Game 5||Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)|
|NL Division Series B||Game 5||Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (BEST OF SEVEN)
|Sunday, Oct. 11||ALCS||Game 1||San Diego|
|Monday, Oct. 12||ALCS||Game 2||San Diego|
|Tuesday, Oct. 13||ALCS||Game 3||San Diego|
|Wednesday, Oct. 14||ALCS||Game 4||San Diego|
|Thursday, Oct. 15||ALCS||Game 5||San Diego|
|Friday, Oct. 16||ALCS||Game 6||San Diego|
|Saturday, Oct. 17||ALCS||Game 7||San Diego|
|Sunday, Oct. 18||NLCS||Game 7||Arlington|
WORLD SERIES (BEST OF SEVEN)
|Tuesday, Oct. 20||World Series||Game 1||Arlington|
|Wednesday, Oct. 21||World Series||Game 2||Arlington|
|Thursday, Oct. 22||OFF DAY|
|Friday, Oct. 23||World Series||Game 3||Arlington|
|Saturday, Oct. 24||World Series||Game 4||Arlington|
|Sunday, Oct. 25||World Series||Game 5||Arlington|
|Monday, Oct. 26||OFF DAY|
|Tuesday, Oct. 27||World Series||Game 6||Arlington|
|Wednesday, Oct. 28||World Series||Game 7||Arlington|
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Lue is also a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans.
Van Gundy is a candidate for Rockets.
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