Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Bridgestone Invitational: Justin Thomas wins by four shots

Tiger Woods barely keeps pace at Firestone McIlroy gives himself a chance of Firestone win
| 06 August, 2018, 10:15

Now, three victories later, he has closed the gap on Spieth - 11 PGA Tour victories for Spieth, nine for Thomas. Thomas took care of that nagging victory question with a final-round 69 to easily win over Kyle Stanley while winning a PGA Tour event for the first time with his grandparents in attendance.

Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter had been Thomas' closest challengers at the start of the day but shot disappointing rounds of 73 and 74 respectively.

The only regret for Thomas was a mistake that didn't cost him as much as it could have. This will be its third major overall but its first since Nick Price took the PGA Championship in 1992. It added up to a solid 3-under-par 69 and the prospect of a first win on the LPGA Tour, let alone a first major title.

The Bridgestone Invitational supports the Akron Children's Hospital and University Hospital's Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. It is moving to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2019. It will be renamed the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

"(Sunday) is a different story", a defiant Day said.

"The hard part about this course is you can get off track pretty quick if you're not playing well", Thomas told CBS television. "But continuing to play here was not a reality".

Also the 2014 and 2015 victor at TPC Twin Cities, the 57-year-old Perry matched Hale Irwin's tournament record of three victories in the final edition of the event that started in 1993.

He lost to Phil Mickelson in a playoff at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March.


"I just just kind of fight through it and make some putts and I didn't make any putts today".

Jones had a 71 after opening with rounds of 63, 66 and 63 for a tournament 54-hole record of 21-under-par 192.

Justin Thomas turned on the jets midway through the third round and opened a three-stroke lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Saturday.

Grandfather Paul played in the 1960 PGA Championship at Firestone. Thomas had a couple of early setbacks but was commanding thereafter, plotting his way round the treacherous terrain so efficiently that he shot a 67 and finished with a three-stroke lead at 14 under par.

"He was missing it in both directions and was like, 'I feel like crap, '" Mike Thomas said. "The results and the scores didn't show it".

"I was very nervous going into today", admitted Thomas, who now transitions to defending his title next week at Bellerive.

However, his goal to create yet another slice of PGA Tour in becoming the first player to win an event on nine occasiosn will now be restricted to just Torrry Pines and Bay Hill in suburban Orlando. I'm excited for the opportunity tomorrow.

"I felt better with my game than I did yesterday, for sure", he said.

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