PGA Tour Report

Justin Thomas celebrates his first PGA Tour victory in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic

Malaysia – Justin Thomas had been knocking on the door – contending numerous times during

his successful but winless rookie year. On Sunday in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic he kicked

the door in and notched win No.1 of his PGA Tour career. Thomas shot 66 in the final round for

a total of 26 under par (262 strokes), a new CIMB Classic tournament scoring record.

Thomas got a boost from an 28 foot putt for eagle at the tenth hole, then he hole out from the

bunker on the thirteenth . . . and it appeared that victory was inevitable. On the fourteenth, he

hit his short approach into the water hazard – making double bogey. Determined to not let this

one slip away, the Alabama Alum nearly holed his tee shot on the next hole (the par 3 fifteenth)

and went on to birdie holes holes sixteen and seventeen as well. Thomas tapped in from four feet

at the last for par, winning by one stroke over a hard charging Adam Scott, who rode 7 birdies

and an eagle to a final round 63.

The win qualifies Thomas into so many of the seasons largest and most prestigious events, but

it’s not necessarily the one you’d think that has him most excited. “Obviously the Masters is a

great goal that I’ve had my whole career too, but the thing is, I could play my way into the Masters

with good play before April – and only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii.”

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/cimb-classic/leaderboard.html

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