Oct 21st, 2017
Justin Thomas wins inaugural CJ Cup
As Marc Leishman pushes him all the way
Justin Thomas continued his great run of form with another win at the CJ Cup in South Korea. But Marc Leishman pushed him all the way.
It took until the second hole of a sudden death play-off for Thomas to sign off on his third victory in just seven starts – a victory that confirms him as No 3 in the world golf rankings.
Thomas opened the tournament with a superb nine under 63, and lead the event right up to
He started slowly on his final round, with two pars, before a nasty double bogey on the par five 3rd. A solitary bogey on the ninth saw him make the turn in one over par.
He got some momentum going with birdies on the 10th and 11th, only drop another shot on the 13th. Another bogey on the 17th was offset by a birdie on the par five 18th, and he carded a level par 72.
Australian Marc Leishman opened with two birdies, but dropped shots on the 5th,7th and 8th, before making a birdie on the 9th and making the turn with an even par 36.
Birdies on the 12 and 14th were offset by a bogey on the 17th, but he birdied the 18th to post a two under 70, and force a playoff with Thomas.
They both par the first sudden death play-off hole, but a birdie for Thomas on the second hole and victory was his.
And it was quite a pay for this the inaugural CJ Cup, as he picked up a cheque for $1,665,000 out of total prize fund of $9.25 million.