Defending PGA champion Justin Thomas takes WGC title by four shots
Justin Thomas gave himself a big confidence boost ahead of the defence of his US PGA Championship crown next week with a comfortable four-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.
Leading by three shots from Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter overnight, Thomas was never in trouble as he shot a one-under round of 69 to finish 15-under par while his challengers drifted away.
McIlroy struggled with a three-over 73 that included three straight bogeys starting on the eighth hole to end up in tied for sixth place, while Poulter fared even worse, shooting a 74 to finish in a group of four in 10th spot.
✅ DJ's strong comeback
✅ An emotional win for @JustinThomas34
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 6, 2018
“It feels awesome,” said Thomas. “I did not hit the ball as well today but we had so much control and I had a very clean card at the end.
“It is the first time I have cried after winning a tournament. It was pretty cool to have my grandma and grandad watching me.”
Kyle Stanley finished second on 11 under after a 68.
Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and world number one Dustin Johnson ended up tied for third on 10 under after they both recorded 64s.
Rory McIlroy looking to kick on after emotional Ryder Cup
McIlroy broke down in tears in a rare show of emotion in Wisconsin.
Jon Rahm keen to win at Valderrama for ‘historic reasons and nostalgia’
The Spaniard is hoping to perform on home soil.
‘Stupid is as stupid does’ – Phil Mickelson criticises club length restriction
The R&A and USGA have brought in a ‘model local rule’ to limit all clubs other than putters to a maximum of 46 inches.
Top-level golf tournaments to be given option of imposing limit on club length
This could curb the big-hitting likes of Bryson DeChambeau in their continual quest for greater length off the tee.
THE CJ CUP: Vegas links that could help us hit the jackpot this week
The PGA Tour remains in Las Vegas this week and several players in the field have some home advantage which could prove significant.
Betting preview: Sam Burns to continue impressive form in the Shriners Children’s Open
The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas this week and Planet Sport tipster Jack Kelliher has four selections for the tournament.
Feuding rivals Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka to clash in ‘The Match’
Tensions have run high between the pair since early 2019.
Four golfers to oppose short priced favourite Jon Rahm with in this week’s Open de Espana
The European Tour heads to Spain for three weeks and the action begins at Club de Campo Villa Madrid.
Danny Willett enjoys perfect birthday with Alfred Dunhill Links Championship win
The Englishman won for the first time in over two years.