Justin Thomas claims first WGC title by four shots at Firestone

Justin Thomas claims first WGC title by four shots at Firestone

"But I was glad we could get the yellow ribbons to show some appreciation". "It was pretty cool to have my grandma and grandad watching me". He wound up with a 73, leaving him 11 shots back and ending his streak of 10 straight rounds at par or better dating to the US Open.

Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone, took the advantage at the hard par-4 18th hole (his ninth) when he drained a 50-foot monster birdie putt to climb to three under. Both Thomas' dad, Mike, and his grandfather, Paul, were PGA of America pros - and Paul Thomas played in the 1960 PGA Championship at Firestone.

Tiger Woods was never in the picture.

The latter is certainly true, given his good form of late and his fondness for the course.

At the Bridgestone Invitational, he became the 21st player to win a World Golf Championship and a major.

Thomas' ninth title on the US Tour, and second this year, earned him $US1.7 million (NZ$2.5 million) and moved him up one spot on the rankings to world No 2.

The 29-year-old, who began in joint second place alongside Poulter, and three behind Thomas, went from first in driving on Saturday to nearly dead last on Sunday, and when that club doesn't work around Firestone, you've got no chance of applying pressure.

Sweetest of all was seeing his grandparents, especially the embrace after he tapped in for par to finish at 15-under 265.

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AKRON, Ohio - The last time Justin Thomas won a golf tournament, he was calling out rowdy spectators in the gallery and getting more attention for that controversial move than for capturing the Honda Classic.

"I should have been giving myself looks for birdies on that back nine and I was having to hole five and six-footers for par so it was nice to finish like that".

Thomas had not had a score better than 67, and he had not finished higher than a tie for 28th in his two previous appearances at Firestone.

Bridgestone shifted its title sponsorship to the PGA Tour Champions, which will bring its Senior Players Championship to Firestone next year.

Thomas came into this week at Firestone, the last event in this course's history, fifth overall in total strokes gained on the PGA Tour but no worse than 51st in any specific category. It is moving to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2019.

A good par save at the mammoth par-four ninth saw him make the turn two under for the day, only for a poor wedge shot over the 10th green to leave him with an nearly impossible shot, leading to a bogey. Stanley closed with a 68.

"You're always one bad tee shot away from making a bogey but the course has played really soft, so the further up [the fairway] you can get it to be able to control it and take spin off makes a big difference". A birdie at No. 10 put him three shots behind, but that was all he had.

Fellow American Kyle Stanley finished second on 11 under, with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and American Dustin Johnson a further shot behind in tied third. McIlroy and Thomas live in South Florida, practice at The Bear's Club that Jack Nicklaus built, and spent several days practicing last week.

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