Jan 9th, 2017
Justin Thomas wins the SBS Tournament in Hawaii
By three shots over Hideki Matsuyama
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
It's a win for Justin Thomas at the SBS Tournament in Hawaii, as he beats Hideki Matsuyama by three shots to bag the first PGA Tour event of the year. And there were some suprising performances as well.
Thomas shot a controlled four under to post a 69, which followed three consecutive 67s. It was job done, and Hideki Matsuyama, despite his amazing recent form, could only muster a three under 70 and never put Thomas under enough pressure.
Thomas had a five-shot lead with five holes to play when he was caught in a battle with Hideki Matsuyama down the stretch. Thomas responded with an 8–iron which he blasted from 214 yards to 3 feet on the 17th.
Matsuyama, one shot behind and needing birdie to stay in the game, ran his 30-foot putt about 8 feet by the hole and three-putted for bogey. Thomas knocked in his short putt for a three-shot lead, and he went on to another birdie for a 4-under 69 and a three-shot victory.
But there were some stellar performances from Jordan Speith and Pat Perez, which really caught the eye.
Jordan shot an eight under 65 to propel himself up the leaderbaord from 16th to T3. And Pat Perez shot a six under 67 to share that spot with Jordan. It's great to see Pat back in form, and clearly hungry as hell. He's mullering it after a tricky time, and we're delighted.
Dustin Johnson also got the bit between his teeth, and carded a four under 69 to finish T6 with Patrick Reed.
Jason Day could only come in T12, and shot a three under 70.
But for an opening event this is all fascinating stuff, and our appetities are truly whetted. Bring it on 2017.