Justin Thomas Wins SBS Tournament of Champions

With a final round 69, Justin Thomas won the ToC by 3 strokes over runner-up Hideki Matsuyama. The win moves Thomas from 22nd to 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Thomas looked as if he would have a run away victory, holding a 5-shot lead after 13 holes. After Matsuyama chipped in for eagle on 14, Thomas hooked an iron into the hazard on the par 5 15, which lead to a double bogey 7 and brought his lead down to 1 stroke. Unfazed by this meltdown, Thomas showed his poise on the 17th fairway, striking a perfect iron shot that landed 3 feet from the hole. After Matsuyama 3-putted for bogey, Thomas’ birdie putt effectively put the tournament away. This victory in Maui was the first in America for Thomas, whose first 2 professional wins came at the CIMB classic in Malaysia. To casual golf fans, this win should help to pull Thomas out of the shadow of “Jordan Spieth’s friend” and member of the #SB2K16 crew. Spieth, who was the ToC reigning champ, started slow with a first round 72 (-1) and came into the final round at 8-under par in 19th place. The world #5 fired an 8-under 65 on Sunday, which catapulted him to a T-3rd place finish. World #1 Jason Day finished tied for 12th, and #3 Dustin Johnson finished T-6th. Branden Grace (+1) was the only player over par for the week. Jordan Spieth will headline the field at this weeks Sony Open, which is also in Hawaii. Spieth will have to avoid the blowup holes that plagued him at Kapalua in order to win this week. Matsuyama will also be in the field, and will look to add to his lead on the FedEx Cup points list.


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