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Thomas prevails at TPC Boston

Reuters
September 04. 2017 8:46PM
Justin Thomas poses with the Dell Technologies Championship trophy after winning the golf tournament at TPC of Boston. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

Justin Thomas rode a couple of lucky breaks to become the first five-time champion on the PGA Tour this season when he won the Dell Technologies Championship in Norton, Mass., on Monday.

Thomas emerged from a three-way tussle to beat Jordan Spieth by three strokes at TPC Boston, with Australian Marc Leishman another shot back in third place.

Thomas carded a 66 to finish at 17-under-par 267, while Spieth bogeyed the par-five 18th to shoot 67.

Leishman, who led by two shots with nine holes left, faded with a 70, going out in 30 and coming home in 40.

Leishman bogeyed the last hole, which allowed Spieth to take the lead in the FedExCup standings, narrowly ahead of Thomas with two tournaments left in the four-event playoff series.

Thomas said it was the first time he had won without having his “best stuff” and downplayed any notion that his victory would reverberate around the tour. “I wasn’t trying to send a statement,” he told Golf Channel. “I was just trying to win a golf tournament.”

Thomas, 24, clinched his first major title at the PGA Championship last month, coming from behind over the final nine holes.

He followed a similar route to victory on Monday, this time with some help.

Thomas struck a tree with his tee shot at the par-four 10th hole but had an unobstructed view of the green with his second shot and made an easy par.

Later, after a poor tee shot at the par-three 16th, he received a free drop from a poor lie in heavy rough, because a sprinkler head interfered with his stance.

He was able to place his ball in a much better lie and got up-and-down to save par. That proved to be his last nervous moment. British Open champion Spieth, meanwhile, licked his wounds after a second consecutive runner-up finish. He lost to Dustin Johnson last week at the Northern Trust in the first playoff event.

After a one-week break, the top 70 players in the standings will contest the penultimate event of the season, the BMW Championship, outside Chicago.


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