Thomas bags Boston for 5th title of season

05 September, 2017, 20:57 | Author: Ora Austin
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He and Spieth seem to be in a two-man battle for Player of the Year but it is moments like today where a young player like Thomas can enhance his status in the fan's hard eyes.

Dustin Johnson played second fiddle to Justin Thomas' masterful third round at the Dell Technologies Championship, but the FedEx Cup points leader was happy to get back into contention. It was better than that, flying fast into the shaggy collar atop the steep bunker and onto the fringe, where he rolled in a 30-foot eagle putt.

SHOT OF THE DAY: This incredible approach from the rough at No. 13 led to a birdie and was the catalyst to Thomas' win.

Jordan Spieth called it a "dream start" - his birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie opening to his final round.

Leishman faltered early on the back nine.

"I said to my caddie (on the 18th), 'we could just hit to the middle of this green, ' but I wanted to try to make a birdie", Leishman said.

Thomas has won $7.37 million this year and four tournaments, including his first major last month at the PGA Championship. He won for the fifth time this season, the most of anyone on the PGA Tour.

Kvitova downs Muguruza to reach quarter-finals
After saving this break point, and two that followed, Kvitova let out a huge "Pojd" roar, which really seemed to motivate her. After playing at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Kvitova is only playing in her eighth tournament of the year at the U.S Open.

Only he doesn't sound as though he's finished just yet. Having begun the year ranked 34th in the world, he is now fourth and a certainty to be named player of the year "I have two events left. I have two more opportunities to win", Thomas said. It's not like I was like, 'Yeah, I know I'm going to win five or six times this year.' But I felt like I had the game and capability to. He made his American Junior Golf Association debut that week, shot 71 in the second round and won by five shots over Thomas and two others.

It was the first time Spieth has finished runner-up to Thomas, his best friend in golf since they were teenagers. "Eight through 14 is the meat of the golf course". "So at some point, you've got to recognize the hard holes are coming up". "I hit my irons really well, and my short game was good if I needed it".

Yesterday, Thomas stood in the fairway on 13, watching as Spieth birdied the hole to take a 1-shot lead. He had to save bogey on No. 10 after an errant drive. Though he escaped with a bogey after a 14-foot-8-inch putt found bottom, the groove he had enjoyed over the past 48 hours was fading fast. And then he closed with two bogeys that only cost him money.

England's Paul Casey was a shot off the lead after a 67, with Open champion Jordan Spieth, Grayson Murray and Adam Hadwin a shot further back on 10 under.

If you had been asked to come up with a script for the FedEx Cup Playoffs you would struggle to come up with a better one than that which is unfolding on the PGA Tour. The field will now be cut from the top 100 points leaders to the top 70 for the BMW Championship, starting on 14 September.

Justin Thomas was reluctant to declare himself as the best player in the world on current form following his thrilling victory at the Dell Technologies Championship.

He also became just the fourth player since 1960 with five victories and a major in a season before the age of 25, joining the likes Woods, Jack Nicklaus and, yes, Spieth.

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