For the past three seasons who do you think has won the most PGA Tour titles? Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson or FED EX Cup Champion Rory McIIroy.
Well, the answer is Justin Thomas who just won THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Korea yesterday. This was his second win at Nine Bridges in the last 3 years.
Since the beginning of the 2016-2017 season, Thomas has had 10 wins victories and in that span, Johnson has had 8 wins and Koepka just 6. To be fair on Koepka most of his victories have been majors but still an amazing feat from Thomas.
Having held the overnight lead with Korean born Danny Lee who knows calls New Zealand home, was able to shot a 5 under 67 to claim a 2 shot victory over Lee. Thomas has now converted 8 of the 11 54 hold leads into victory and he just finds a way to win when he is in position.
“I don't think you can ever necessarily call yourself the best closer. I've only won 11 times. I feel like once I get to 40 or 50 times and I've closed a lot of those, then I think that's kind of different,” Thomas says.
It was turning into a classic battle and when Thomas birdied the 14th
he was one ahead. Lee stumbled with a bogey on both the 15th
and the lead was out to 3. Thomas bogeyed the 17th
and the door was left open but a par on the last secured victory.
Thomas was able to hold his nerve down the stretch and discussed it with the media after.
“The biggest thing I think that I've gotten a lot better at is just learning, taking experiences and learning from them,” Thomas explained.
“That's what I did early in my career. There were a couple of times I felt like I should have won the tournament but I did something incorrectly or hit a wrong club or thought how I shouldn't have.
“There's going to be things today that once I sit down and digest it and pay attention to kind of what happened out there, I'll be able to learn from it. That's all I'm trying to do because I feel like if I can just improve a little bit every year, then there's not really a ceiling that I feel like I can't reach, I just want to try to win as many tournaments as I can.”
"It was a very, very tough day,'' Thomas said. "Danny made it extremely difficult. He really made a lot of putts, a lot of unbelievable up and downs to kind of keep me from getting all the momentum.''
Lee was in contention most of the day but the bogeys on the 15th
"Just a couple holes that were letting me down with the driver on the back nine,'' Lee said. "A couple of tee shots that you cannot hit it in that bunkers on the left and I did, so struggling to make par from there when Justin had a couple birdie looks.''
Don’t feel bad for Lee because as runner up he picked up a cheque for $1 053 000 million USD and for winning Thomas walked away with $1 755 000 million USD.
Also take a look at the winner's bag:
- Driver: Titleist TS3 (Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana BF 60TX shaft), 9.5 degrees
- 3-wood: Titleist TS3 (Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue 80TX shaft), 15 degrees
- 5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X shaft), 18 degrees
- Irons: Titleist T100 (4-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), Titleist 620 MB (5-9; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts), Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46-10F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
- Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (52-12F and 56-14F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
- Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 Flow Neck Prototype (SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour)
- Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
- Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord