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Winner’s Circle: Justin Thomas Captures WGC-Bridgestone

Justin Thomas shot a final-round 1-under 69 on Sunday at Firestone Country Club to capture the 2018 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas tees off on hole four in the final round of the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio. Credit: Stan Badz/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Thomas offset one bogey with two birdies en route to a four-day score of 15-under par to win by four shots over Kyle Stanley. The victory was Thomas’ ninth career PGA Tour title, and third of the 2017-18 season.


PRO-FILE

Name: Justin Louis Thomas
Nationality: American
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 165 lb
Birthdate: April 29, 1993 (age 25)
Native: Louisville, Kentucky
Resides: Goshen, Kentucky
College: Alabama
Equipment: Titleist


EARLY-ROUNDS

ROUND ONE
1. Ian Poulter -8
2. Kyle Stanley -7
2. Rickie Fowler -7
7. Justin Thomas -5

ROUND TWO
1. Justin Thomas -11 (-6)
1. Ian Poulter -11 (-3)
1. Tommy Fleetwood -11 (-7)

ROUND THREE
1. Justin Thomas -14 (-3)
2. Rory McIlroy -11 (-3)
2. Ian Poulter -11 (E)


FINAL SCORES

1. Justin Thomas -15 (65-64-67-69)
2. Kyle Stanley -11 (63-68-70-68)
3. Thorbjorn Olesen -10 (71-67-68-64)
3. Dustin Johnson -10 (69-71-66-64)
5. Brooks Koepka -9 (66-70-68-67)


SHOT OF THE DAY

On the par-4 11th hole, Thomas hits a 127-yard approach shot over the trees to 32 feet, then two putts to save par.


THOMAS’ STATS

TOP-LINE NUMBERS

Driving Distance: 329.3 (12th)
Driving Accuracy: 33/56, 58.9% (11th)
Greens in Regulation: 54/72, 75.0% (2nd)
Putts Per GIR: 90/1.660 (2nd)
Scores: 21 Birdies, 45 Pars, 6 Bogeys

SCORING

Par 3: E (3 Birdies, 10 Pars, 3 Bogeys)
Par 4: -12 (14 Birdies, 32 Pars, 2 Bogeys)
Par 5: -3 (4 Birdies, 3 Pars, 1 Bogey)
Aggregate Scoring: -15 (21 Birdies, 45 Pars, 6 Bogeys)


2018 PGA TOUR SEASON

Starts: 17
Cuts Made: 16
Wins: 3 (T1)
Earnings: $7,558,980 (1)
Earnings Per Start: $444,645.88 (1)
FedExCup Points: 2536 (2)


CAREER VICTORIES

PGA Tour: 9
2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2018 Honda Classic
2017 CJ Cup
2017 Dell Technologies Championship
2017 PGA Championship
2017 Sony Open in Hawaii
2017 SBS Tournament of Champions
2016 CIMB Classic
2015 CIMB Classic


QUICK HITS

  • Thomas joins Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson as the only three-time winners this season.
  • It’s his second-straight Tour season with at least three victories.
  • It was Thomas’ first World Golf Championships victory, and with it, becomes the only player over the past two seasons to win a major (PGA Champ), WGC (Bridgestone Invit), and FedEx Cup event (Dell Tech Champ).
  • Thomas becomes just the fifth and youngest player to win The FedExCup, a major championship, and a World Golf Championship event.
  • Thomas owns nine career wins in 112 PGA Tour starts, but eight (8) of those have come in his last 42 starts – the most of any player in the world.
  • During this 42-start stretch, Thomas has averaged of a win every 5.25 times he tees it up.

MONEY

With his win, Thomas earned $1,700,000 and 550 points to maintain his hold on the No. 2 position in the FedExCup standings behind only Dustin Johnson. In terms of money, Thomas now leads the Tour with $7.5m.


WORLD RANKING

Thomas received 74 OWGR points, and will take back the No. 2 spot from Justin Rose in the Official World Golf Rankings.


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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