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Justin Thomas wins Bridgestone Invitational ahead of US PGA Championship defence

06 August, 2018, 10:14 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Tiger Woods is targeting a first Ryder Cup appearance as a player for six years

Justin Thomas, limbering up for his PGA Championship title defence, fired a one-under par 69 on Sunday (Aug 5) to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by four strokes.

And then he almost lost it.

"It is the first time I have cried after winning a tournament". Paul Thomas was a career club professional and played at Firestone in the 1960 PGA Championship, missing the 54-hole cut. His grandmother is one of his biggest supporters who navigated her way around the hills of Firestone using a walker in 90-degree heat. There he will try to defend the PGA Championship he won a year ago at Quail Hollow. "I didn't hit the ball crisp or clean", Woods said.

"But I was glad we could get the yellow ribbons to show some appreciation". I was just going to be aggressive and see what happens. "So it was pretty cool to get it done". I holed a couple really nice putts for par in the middle of the back nine, so happy with that.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy battled inconsistent wedge play, his frustration eased by a holed bunker shot at the 17th, which helped him join South Korean Kim Si-woo three back. McIlroy finished the front nine with consecutive bogeys and never recovered.

Englishman Ian Poulter was similarly profligate.

Day crept within two shots after three successive birdies from the 10th hole, only to drop five shots in the next five holes and shoot 73. Tiger Woods is finishing up on the course.

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Thomas, who defends his title next week in the PGA Championship, goes after his third victory of the season, but first in five months. Woods is an eight-time victor at Firestone, which is hosting this World Golf Championship for the last time.

"Obviously we're all thinking of (Lyle) and it would be very nice to obviously have a good week", Leishman said. "But it is what it is, and on to next week". "What can we do better?" recalled Thomas' father and swing coach, Mike. He's looking to become the second three-time victor of the event.

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

We haven't even started talking about the guys with one major - Johnson, Rose, Thomas, Day - that could separate themselves from that group this week.

So ended a finale at Firestone that otherwise lacked drama. The last player to win two of these in a row is (you guessed it) Woods in 2006 and 2007.

Firestone has held tour events since the Rubber City Open in 1954.

Straka earned $121,500 to jump from 130th to 29th on the money list with $145,000, with two events left to get into the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. Stanley closed with a 68. He finally put the tournament away with a 10-foot birdie putt at the 13th. The result was a 6-under 64 for the 34-year-old American, who vaulted into a tie for third place with Thorbjorn Olesen at 10 under. And since the start of 2017, Thomas has won seven times, had a brief time at No. 1 in the world, and now sits No. 2 to Johnson.

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