Grillo wins Champ.; Reavie No. 1 in earnings


Emiliano Grillo won the Tour Championship with a birdie on the 72nd hole, edging by one shot Chez Reavie, who nonetheless locked up No. 1 spot in Finals earnings. Here's how it all shook out as players jockeyed for dollars and PGA Tour cards Sunday at TPC Sawgrass' Valley Course. 

Leaderboard: Grillo (-14), Reavie (-13), Sam Saunders (-12), Rhein Gibson (-11) 

What it means: This is Grillo's second worldwide win, following his first at the Visa Open de Argentina last year on PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Grillo this year has eight top-10 finishes across four different tours. He's made official starts in 15 different countires. He nearly secured his PGA Tour card with a win at the Puerto Rico Open in March but, needing par to win, he bogeyed the 72nd hole and lost in a playoff. On Sunday, Grillo holed a lengthy birdie putt on the final green to shoot 1-under 69 and seal victory. He finished second in Finals earnings to Reavie (2-under 68), who is now fully exempt on the PGA Tour and headed to the Players Championship, along with regular-season money leader Patton Kizzire. 

Best of the rest: Five players - Derek Fathauer, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Robert Garrigus, Thomas Aiken and Rob Oppenheim - played their way into the top 25 this week, with Aiken (T-5) making the biggest leap, from 95th to 23rd.

Biggest disappointment: Eric Axley, who made the top 25 by just $32 last year, missed out on his card by $101 this year. Lucas Glover's three-putt on the 18th hole vaulted Oppenheim, who's been playing the Tour for the last six years, from 27th to 25th, knocking out Axley. Axley is one of five players - including Ryan Spears, Steve Allan, Justin Hicks and Jhonattan Vegas - who started the week inside the top 25 and failed to stay there. 

Round of the day: Roberto Castro tied the course record with a bogey-free 8-under 62. Castro, who will be heading back to the PGA Tour via a fifth-place finish in the Finals, now holds a share of both the Stadium Course and Valley Course records at TPC Sawgrass.

Shot of the day: Garrigus poured in an 11-foot par on the 18th hole to secure his return to the PGA Tour and let out a series of celebratory fist pumps.

Quote of the day: “It’s like the first hole of the Masters for four days.” – Garrigus, on the stress of playing for a PGA Tour card at the Tour Championship