What an unbelievable couple of weeks for Justin Thomas. The 23 year old became the first golfer to win back to back at the Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open since Ernie Els in 2003, doing so in record-breaking fashion. Thomas followed up his 59 on Thursday with three stellar rounds, and broke the 72 hole scoring record with a remarkable 253 (-27). The win will move Thomas move up to 8th in the Official World Golf Rankings, the first time he has broken the top 10. The dominance Thomas showed during the Hawaiian swing makes him a very intriguing player to watch for the rest of the Tour season, and especially the major champions. If Thomas plays the way he did the last two weeks, there is no doubt that he can win a major.
While Thomas ran away with the tournament, the rest of the field had an intense battle for second place. Justin Rose came in second at -20, after a birdie at the 18th hole. Just like last Sunday, Jordan Spieth rode a string of birdies up the leaderboard, as his 7-under 63 gave the World Number 5 a 3rd place finish. Zach Johnson, who was in second place after three rounds, finished tied for 6th. Perhaps the most exciting round of the day belonged to Chez Reavie, as the 35 year old who hasn’t won on Tour since 2008 was the third golfer of the week on 59 watch. Reavie, who started on the back nine like Kisner and Thomas, aced the par 3 17th hole, made the turn at 7-under, and was 9-under through 12 holes. A bogey at the 6th hole derailed Reavie’s quest for 59, and he would finish with a 9-under 61 and a tie for 8th place.
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Next week, the PGA Tour heads to La Quinta, California for the CareerBuilder Challenge, where Phil Mickelson is expected to make his 2017 debut. The rest of the field includes last years’ winner Jason Dufner, Patrick Reed, and Zach Johnson. Rickie Fowler will look to defend his title at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the United Arab Emirates. The rest of the field includes Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Henrik Stenson.