Jeju Island, South Korea – After an incredible season that saw Justin Thomas win the PGA Championship, Fedex Cup and Player of the Year honors, Thomas has kept the hot hand rolling – wininng again, this time at the CJ Cup – South Korea’s first ever PGA Tour regular season event. The victory in sudden death over Australia’s Marc Leishman is the seventh of his young career.
After his ninth event in the last eleven weeks, an exhausted Thomas is looking forward to getting home to Jupiter, “I’m so excited to not do anything,” Thomas declared. “I officially have nothing left in the tank at this moment.”
Justin Thomas leaped out the gates in round 1 firing a 9 under 63, then shot rounds of 74-70-72 under challenging conditions (with temps in the low 60’s and winds gusting around 25 mph on Jeju Island). Thomas birdied the last to reach the playoff, then won on the 2nd sudden death hole after Leishman missed a very makable birdie putt to win on the first sudden death hole.
Leishman knew that he missed a golden opportunity, “You give one of the best players in the world a chance like that, and he’s probably going to take it.”
Last week’s winner, Pat Perez finished tied for 5th after posting the low round on Sunday with 68 and finishing at 5 under par.