Thomas holds off Kiwi Danny Lee for second CJ Cup
In just his second start of the year, Justin Thomas has claimed his first victory of the season and his 11th PGA Tour title overall.
Thomas needed to hold off New Zealand’s Danny Lee, who was looking for his first PGA Tour win since the Greenbrier Classic in 2015. Lee pushed Thomas the entire way but two late bogeys was the difference between a playoff and outright second for the Korean-born Kiwi.
“It feels great and it’s very reassuring knowing that I could hit those shots when I needed to the entire day when I felt like the heat was on,” said Thomas, who took home US$1,755,000 for his efforts and take his career total to just over US$32 million.
“I feel like I’m starting to understand a lot better what I need to do, what my body needs to do on prior weeks before events and I feel like I’m doing a good job. In terms of the season, I definitely got off to a good start, there’s no doubt about that.”
WITB: Justin Thomas
- Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball
- Titleist TS3 Driver (9.5º)
- Titleist TS3 3W (15º)
- Titleist 915Fd 5W (18º)
- Titleist T100 (4), 620 MB (5-9)
- Vokey Design SM7 (46º, 52º, 56º), Vokey Design SM6 (60º)
- Scotty Cameron X5 Putter
In fact, Thomas has made a bit of a habit of winning in Asia with four of his PGA Tour wins now coming from his two victories at the CIMB Classic (2015-2016) and the CJ Cup (2017, 2019).
While Thomas didn’t enjoy the best of seasons last year following his wrist injury at the Honda Classic and has surprisingly never reached World No.1, it is easy to forget that over the past few years, his 11 PGA Tour titles sees him well in front of some of the biggest names on Tour.
Justin Thomas (Credit: PGA Tour)
Dustin Johnson sits in second place with eight wins, Brooks Koepka at six with Bryon DeChmbeau at five and current Tour champion McIlroy at four.
Thomas goes about his business quietly and lets his clubs do the talking. While he looked a little rusty following his return from injury, he turned his game around with a win last season at the BMW Championship and has finished T3, T4 and 1st since then.
Cameron Smith looked solid all week to finish in a share of third place, a result that will surely impress Presidents Cup captain, Ernie Els.
Matt Jones was next best of the Australians in a share of 20th place with Jason Day shaking off the rust to secure equal 31st at 7-under.
Marc Leishman (T43) and recent Korean Tour winner and former Sydney-sider, Wonjoon Lee (T67), rounded out the attack.