Record-setting ‘Mr 59′ Thomas wins again in Hawaii
Justin Thomas has won the Sony Open with the lowest ever 72-hole score in PGA Tour history.
Thomas capped off his wonderful week at Waialae that began with a 59, and in the process was crowned the youngest player in PGA Tour history to shoot sub-60, to record his second straight victory. He two-putted birdie from 60 feet on the par-5 18th and closed with a 5-under 65 to set the record at 27-under.
“It was a very fun week,” said Thomas, who finished seven strokes ahead of second-place Justin Rose and eight ahead of Jordan Spieth.
“This win meant a lot because of how I did it. The first wire-to-wire win. I had a hard time getting focused up there today. I was nervous today for the first time I’ve felt like that in a long time.”
The 23-year-old from Kentucky won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua last week by three shots, then destroyed the full field at the Sony Open to win by seven shots. Thomas is the first player since Tiger Woods in 2009 (Buick Open and Bridgestone Invitational) to win back-to-back weeks by three shots or more.
Thomas now has won three times in his last five starts and he also moves to a career-best 8th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
“I don’t think anybody can say they necessarily saw something coming, but I felt there was no reason why I shouldn’t win them or shouldn’t be in contention,” Thomas said of his last two weeks. “I’ve always felt like I had the game to do so. I have been playing well. I’m just in a good spot mentally right now.”
Thomas played college golf at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he won six times on the collegiate tour and was on the national championship team of 2013.
Later in 2013 he turned professional and earned his tour card on the Web.com Tour through qualifying school. He won his first professional event at the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.Thomas finished fifth in the 2014 Web.com Tour regular season, and third after the Web.com Tour Finals, and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2015 season.
He has rapidly climbed the rankings since the PGA Championship last season when he finished the tournament ranked 41st. In the time since the PGA Championship, Thomas has carded three wins, and five top 10 finishes.
As for the Australians there was mixed success.
Marc Leishman was the best finishing in a tie for 20th position at 12-under with Cameron Smith the next best in a tie for 27th at 11-under.
Rod Pampling struggled carding a 4-under-par total to finish in a tie for 64th position with Greg Chalmers and John Senden missing the 3-under cut.