Justin Thomas Completes 2018 Hat Trick
Akron, OH – Justin Thomas left the rest of the field in his dust on Sunday afternoon to collect his third victory of the season at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC. With his third win of the year, Thomas moved his career mark to nine. After entering the day with a three shot lead on Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, Thomas played steady enough to keep his lead intact all day. McIlroy and Poulter had the best chance to threaten but both shot over par on the day and finished T6 (-8) and T10 (-7), respectively.
After enduring a bit of a rough spell after his wins at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and The Honda Classic earlier in the year, the defending FedEx Cup champion made short work of Firestone CC and showed why he should not be bet against to repeat this year. After shooting 65, 64, 67 to open the tournament, Thomas’ Sunday 69 was enough to win by 4. He was also the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. The field featured most of the world’s top players, including Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, and world number one Dustin Johnson. Johnson was one of Sunday’s biggest movers. He and Thorbjorn Olesen both shot six under 64 to end up T3 at -10.
While most of the field started Sunday looking up at Thomas with nothing to lose, not many succeeded in going low on the final day. Kyle Stanley will be one of the week’s happiest players. After rounds of 63, 68, and 70, he finished with a Sunday 68 that saw him finish at -11 in solo second. His second place finish matches his best result of the year (T2) at the Memorial Tournament and also elevated him 22 spots in the FedEx Cup rankings. While Tiger Woods excited fans during the first half of the tournament, getting himself into the mix with a 66, 68, but shot a pair of 73s on the weekend to end at even par and in an eight way T-31.
In addition to putting him in a stronger position ahead of the FedEx Cup finals, Thomas’ win also alerted fans to the possibility of having two back-to-back major winners in the same year. After Koepka’s repeat at the U.S. Open, Thomas should be considered a strong favorite to do the same at Bellerive for the PGA Championship next week.
Justin Thomas What’s In The Bag
Driver: Titleist TS3 9.5° (Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX)
3 Wood: Titleist TS3 15° (Mitsubishi Tensei CK Tensei Blue 80TX)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T X5