PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Justin Thomas discovered the real time for a come-honorable effectivity to set a tough inaugurate as rather a lot because the one yr on the help of him, rallying from three photos on the help of with courageous play to close with a 4-beneath 68 and seize The Gamers Championship on Sunday.
He acquired for the seventh straight one yr, his 14th occupation title, and soak up become best the fourth participant to grab a first-rate, The Gamers Championship, the FedEx Cup and a World Golf Championship.
Thomas known as it as real as he has ever carried out tee-to-green, and he well-known it to outlast Lee Westwood, a exhausting-success runner-up for the second straight week. Westwood birdied the ultimate gap for a 72 to raise out one shot on the help of at TPC Sawgrass.
In January, Thomas uttered an anti-pleased slur beneath his breath after missing a brief putt on the Sentry Match of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii. That resulted in one company sponsor shedding him and one different giving him a public reprimand. The one time he had a likelihood to grab, he discovered his grandfather died ahead of the ultimate spherical of the Phoenix Originate.
“Or not it has been a crappy couple months. I’ve had stuff happen in my life I by no draw thought I might soak up happen,” Thomas acknowledged. “Shedding grandpa was surprising, and having to play a spherical of golf going through that, after which on excessive of that not enjoying correctly, it real was lots, and it took lots on me mentally.
“This week was colossal to grab a mountainous championship love this in entrance of followers once more, which is unattainable. It examined me mentally, bodily, emotionally, and I am very cosy with myself for getting it completed.”
Love most Sundays at this championship, it was wild as ever.
Thomas was 4 photos on the help of when he walked off the golf inexperienced on the par-3 eighth with a three-putt bogey. 4 holes later, he walked off the twelfth inexperienced with a two-shot lead.
He hit a 5-iron to twenty toes to location up a two-putt birdie on the par-5 ninth. He took on a troublesome pin at No. 10 for a 6-foot birdie. He drilled a 4-iron to twenty toes for an eagle at No. 11 for his first lead of the week, and he capped off the stride with a nifty pitch from on the help of the golf inexperienced on the reachable par-4 twelfth for birdie.
Westwood, a runner-up ultimate week to Bryson DeChambeau at Bay Hill, was tied for the lead Sunday until he may maybe not match Thomas, enjoying inside the neighborhood ahead, on the par-5 sixteenth.
Thomas teed it low and slung a exhausting, low intention that ran out some 40 yards and placement up a 5-wood into 50 toes, which he lagged down for a two-putt birdie. Westwood’s 3-iron clipped a tree and dropped into the sand, and that quirky 65-yard shot went into one different bunker and pressured him to high-tail for par.
“As quickly as that it’s essential to maybe properly additionally very correctly be in opponents, you’d elevate to grab every and every match that it’s essential to maybe properly additionally very correctly be enjoying in,” Westwood acknowledged after a 72. “Nevertheless I did not fairly soak up my sport at the moment.”
He made birdie on the 18th to raise out alone in second. DeChambeau (71) and Brian Harman (69) had been one different shot on the help of.
Thomas achieved at 14-beneath 274. He was out of doors the inside the discount of line after 9 holes Friday, made it with two photos to spare after which tied The Gamers Championship memoir with a 12-beneath 132 weekend.
Thomas composed had yet another shot ahead of he was inside the decided. He took on the water framing the left side of the 18th fairway, the ball transferring genuine-to-left and bouncing straight off the crown of the primary inside the discount of, safely inside the fairway. Best when he noticed it on land did Thomas twirl his membership, pulling his cap over his face and wiping his brow.
“I fought so exhausting at the moment,” Thomas acknowledged. “Or not it’s presumably one of the crucial simple rounds of my life tee-to-green. I’ve seen some crazy stuff happen on TV inside the earlier, and I am tickled to be on this side of it.”
The overall crazy stuff got here early.
DeChambeau topped a hybrid on the par-4 fourth gap that went best about 140 yards until it plunked into the water.
“Dude! I create not know what occurred!” he acknowledged to his caddie. “I’ve by no draw completed that ahead of.”
From 237 yards on a ahead tee to a inexperienced proper by water, he hit a gash with a 4-iron that landed some 40 yards real of the golf inexperienced.
“Oh my gosh! What goes on?” DeChambeau acknowledged.
He made double bogey and was scratching the leisure of the plot to maintain inside the sport. He composed had a likelihood with an eagle on the sixteenth gap to secure inside two, nonetheless when Thomas made par on the seventeenth, his possibilities had been about over.
Westwood hit his tee shot into the water on the fourth gap and wanted to originate an 8-footer to assemble bogey. He hit his plot out of the pine straw that clipped two branches and discovered water on the par-5 second gap to originate bogey. Nevertheless he was by no draw a protracted way-off from the lead, and Westwood regained a portion of the lead with an 8-foot birdie putt on the 14th.
His hopes ended with a three-putt bogey on the par-3 seventeenth.
Thomas acquired $2.7 million from the $15 million purse. He acknowledged he was in a real house when he teed off, and he felt even higher when he was posing with the trophy.