Aug 3rd, 2020
Thomas win takes him to world number one
After his win at WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational
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Thomas has started the day four shots back from overnight leader Brendon Todd but a near-flawless closing five-under-par 65 saw him capture his thirteenth PGA Tour title. The 27-year-old becomes the third youngest player to reach that mark after Messrs Woods and Nicklaus.
Koepka who seems to be finding form as he aims to win his third successive US PGA Championship title. The man from Florida holed a huge putt at the 17th to get within one shot of Thomas but he found water at last running up a double bogey and ended in a four-way tie for second.
"I feel like I learned a lot from that," Thomas said after his second win of 2020, he won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii at the very beginning of the year.
"I just didn't get ahead of myself anytime those last two, three holes, where I felt like my mind was kind of wandering and maybe thinking about winning. I basically just told myself to shut up and figure out what you're doing because I could lose this tournament just as easily as I won it."
Overnight leader Todd struggled from the off and could only muster a five-over-par 75 which saw him plummet down the leaderboard to joint fifteenth.
Koepka was joined in second place by Thomas's playing partner Phil Mickelson, fellow American Daniel Berger and Englishman Tom Lewis who followed up his excellent third round of 61 with a closing 66.
Elsewhere, England's Matt Fitzpatrick's run at the leader came to an abrupt halt when he double-bogeyed the 17th hole, however, he ended in a creditable tie for sixth in a group that included Open Champion Shane Lowry.
Rory McIlroy closed with a bogey-free 67 but was way back in a tie for forty-seventh and it would be a brave man that put his money on the Northern Irishman for this week's big event at TPC Harding Park.