By Staff and Wire Reports at Global Golf Post
Justin Thomas is going to be sorry to see 2017 end. Thomas won for the fifth time in this calendar year – and the first time in the 2017-18 season – handling difficult conditions and shaking off a double bogey early in the final round to pick up another trophy.
“It’s a great way to cap off the year. I’m really excited to do nothing for a while,” said Thomas, whose only remaining event this year will be the limited-field Hero World Challenge in early December.
The victory was the third for Thomas in Asia, where he also won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in 2015 and 2016.
“It’s crazy how that works out. I don’t know if it’s the time of the year while I’m here or what it is but, I don’t know,” said Thomas, who birdied the 18th hole in regulation to get into the playoff.
“Obviously I have a lot of success, which is great. It’s kind of an added bonus I think. The fact of the matter is that I just happened to play well on those weeks. But definitely the fact that I have three of the seven (PGA tour) wins in Asia, it definitely has a pretty good vibe every year.”
In the playoff, both Thomas and Marc Leishman parred the par-5 18th hole the first time they played it. The second time, Leishman put his second shot in the water while trying to reach the green and made bogey.
“Disappointed but second (place) is not all bad,” said Leishman, who won twice on the PGA Tour in 2017.
Playing in cold, windy conditions, Thomas played the last three rounds in even par and finished 9-under-par 279 after opening the tournament with a 9-under 63 that included a 29 on his first nine holes. He’s looking forward to a long break now.
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX (tipped 1.5 inches)
3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX
5 Wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X-Flex
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 Prototype (flow neck)
Length: 34 inches, 350 grams
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Republished with permission by Global Golf Post.