The PGA Tour staged its first event in South Korea, the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. While the country and venue were unfamiliar, the same could not be said for the man holding the trophy on Sunday. It was 2016-17 PGA Tour Player of the Year Justin Thomas.
Thomas has five wins in 2017 and a total of six dating back to a year ago when won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. He is a major winner and the reigning FedEx Cup champion, and has moved up another spot to third in the world rankings, behind Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.
In South Korea Thomas opened with a sizzling 63 and played even par the rest of the way to finish 9 under and in a tie with Australian Marc Leishman at the end of regulation play. Thomas secured the victory with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Thomas said he was “pumped” about closing out another win and now looks forward to some downtime. “I’m so excited to not do anything. I officially have nothing left in the tank at this moment.”
The other players might also be excited for “JT” to take a break. Their chances to win on the PGA Tour just got better.
Thomas won in South Korea with the same Titleist equipment he used to win the Dell Technologies Championship in September.
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