Winner’s Circle: Justin Thomas Moves To World No. 1 With Victory at WCG-FedEx St Jude Invitational

Justin Thomas Wins WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind
Justin Thomas raises the trophy after winning the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 2, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Justin Thomas shot a final-round 5-under 65 to claim a thee-shot victory at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

Thomas entered Sunday’s finale at TPC Southwind four shots back of overnight leader Brendon Todd (75), but quickly erased the deficit with a sizzling 4-under 31 front nine.

Thomas dropped a shot on the par-4 12th hole but gained it back and more with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to reach 13-under par, three clear of the field.

It was the 27 year-old Kentucky native’s third title of the 2020 campaign, and 13th of his already historic career.

With the victory, Thomas earned $1,820,000 and 550 FedExCup points – cementing his hold on No. 1 on both the money and points lists. He also picked up 76 Official World Golf Ranking points and will move back to No. 1 for the second time in his career.

Brooks Koepka WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind
Brooks Koepka walks up the first fairway with caddie, Ricky Elliott, during the final round of the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 2, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Brooks Kopeka seemed to have a lock – at minimum – on a solo runner up finish, but a poor tee shot led to a double bogey, and dropped the 2019 winner into a four-way tie for second-place on 10 under. Phil Mickelson (67), Tom Lewis (66), and Daniel Berger (65) were the others in the silver medal logjam.

They each will receive a direct deposit of $695,000 while also securing 193 FedExCup points.


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Pro-File

Name: Justin Louis Thomas
Nationality: American
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 165 lb
Birthdate: April 29, 1993 (age 27)
Native: Louisville, Kentucky
Resides: Goshen, Kentucky
College: Alabama
Equipment: Titleist


Final Scores: Top 5

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Justin Thomas -13 (-5)
2. Daniel Berger -10 (-5)
2. Tom Lewis -10 (-4)
2. Phil Mickelson -10 (-3)
2. Brooks Koepka -10 (-1)

Top-3 Check Cashers
  • Thomas – $1,820,000
  • Berger – $695,000
  • Lewis – $695,000
  • Mickelson – $695,000
  • Koepka – $695,000

Thomas’ 2019-20 Season

Starts: 13
Cuts Made: 10
Wins: 3 (CJ Cup, Sentry TofC, WGC-FedEx SJ)
Additional Top 10: 6
Earnings: $5,386,402 (1)
FedExCup Pts: 1,889 (1)
World Rank Before/After: 3/1


Thomas’ Winning Numbers

Justin Thomas Wins WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind
Justin Thomas plays his shot from the 18th tee during the final round of the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 2, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Top-line Stats

Driving: 295.5 (44th)
Fairways: 39/56, 69.64% (12th)
Greens: 51/72, 70.38% (7th)
Putts/Per GIR: 89/1.745 (45th)
Scores: 19 Birdies, 47 Pars, 6 Bogeys

Strokes Gained

Off the Tee: 2.303 (16th)
Approach the Green: 7.670 (2nd)
Putting: -1.881 (55th)
Tee to Green: 13.099 (1st)
Total: 11.218 (1st)


Thomas’ Career Victories

PGA Tour: 13
2020 WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational
2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions
2019 CJ Cup
2019 BMW Championship
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


WITB: Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas Phil Mickelson WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind
Justin Thomas tees off on the first tee as Phil Mickelson looks on during the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 2, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5°)
3 Wood: Titleist TS3 (15°)
5 Wood: Titleist 915FD (18°)
Irons: Titleist T100 (4)
Irons: Titleist 718 MB (5-PW)
Gap Wedges: Vokey SM7 (46°, 52°)
Sand Wedge: Vokey SM7 (56˚)
Lob Wedge: Vokey SM6 (60˚)
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Apparel: Polo Ralph Lauren
Hat: Titleist/Footjoy


Money & Points

With his win, Thomas earned $1,820,000 and 550 FedExCup points. He will move to No. 1 on both the PGA Tour’s points and money standings.

Thomas also received 76 OWGR points to move to No. 1 in the world rankings. He last held the top spot from May 18 – June 9, 2018.


Quotable

Justin Thomas Wins WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind
Justin Thomas stands with his father, Mike, after winning the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 2, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

“Yeah, it means a lot. A decent amount of them I got fortunate like I did today. That’s what happens when you win. Stuff goes your way. Obviously you have to play well and make some putts and hit some shots, but at the end of the day, you need stuff to go your way, and it definitely did today, and it feels great.”
Justin Thomas on having most wins (13) of all active PGA Tour players under 30.


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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