Justin Rose soared back to the top of the world rankings after edging out Haotong Li in a thrilling finish at the Turkish Airlines Open.
PGA Tour: Sony Open – Justin Thomas
Meet your new World No 8. Thomas began the week by becoming the youngest player to break 60, he then followed that by setting the lowest 36-hole total. After three rounds he had equalled the 54-hole record.
He ended the week with a birdie at the last for a 65 to edge Tommy Armour’s 72-hole record of 254 shots from the 2003 Texas Open.
The American was one over after seven holes but four birdies in the next five holes finished off the tournament. Justin Rose shot rounds of 66-64-66-64 and lost by seven. Thomas’ good mate Jordan Spieth took third.
Thomas now joins Ernie Els (2003) as players to have won both events in the Hawaii swing in the same year.
What Thomas said: “I expect to be in contention every time I play. If I can bring my average bogeys around down three-quarters to a whole bogey per round, I think this year could be pretty dangerous.
“Looking at guys like Rory or Jordan, Jason Day, they go out there and they finish 10th a couple of events in a row and then finish 20th, everyone is like what’s wrong with them. I don’t know if I’m to that point yet… but that’s the kind of stuff you’ve just got to block out.
“I’ve always expected this of myself. It just hasn’t happened yet. Now that it’s happening, I continue to have the same expectations. I just need to continue to put the work in and just be ready every time I tee it up.”
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