A two putt birdie on the second playoff hole gave Justin Thomas the win over Marc Leishman at the CJ Cup. The pair finished the tournament at 9 under one shot clear of Cameron Smith. Full scores.
Leishman left the door open for Thomas after his second shot found the water in the playoff. Rather than laying up, Justin Thomas went for the island green in two, hitting a 3-wood to 20'. The bold play netted the 24 year old superstar his first win of the 2017-2018 season and moved him to a career high 3rd in the world rankings.
Quite the run
Thomas will skip this week's HSBC in China and take some much needed time off after playing 8 of the last 10 weeks. The stretch has resulted in a wins at the PGA Championship, Dell Technologies Championship and the CJ Cup as well as the FedEx Cup title, Player of the Year honors and a team win at the Presidents Cup. The stellar stretch has earned Thomas over $16 million in earnings...not too shabby.
Golf fans who stayed up to watch the thrilling end of the CJ Cup were let down by Golf Channel coverage. The satellite feed went out minutes before Thomas' thrilling 3-wood, leaving viewers in the dark...literally.
Playing in front of his home crowd, Sergio Garcia was able to beat Joost Luiten by one shot at the Valderrama Masters. Garcia held off Luiten's Sunday 66 with a 67 of his own at the tough and tight Valderrama. Garcia's winning formula came from his superb ball striking and was his first title since the Masters. Full scores
Monday morning pod
I am joined by Medinah Country Club's Director of Grounds Curtis Tyrrell. We talk about how he got into the industry, his experience renovating and building courses with Rees Jones and Tom Doak, stories from hosting a Ryder Cup and much more. Listen to the podcast on the website, iTunes and Stitcher.
College golf update
U.S. Amateur runner-up Doug Ghim made birdie on the 54th hole to win the individual title at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate. The strong individual performance netted Texas with runner-up finish at the event to rival Oklahoma State. The Cowboys win came from strong performances by Matthew Wolff (t2nd), Zach Baschou (t5th) and Viktor Hovland (t12th). Full scores
Through one round at the Tavistock Collegiate, Illinois leads the team championship by three shots over Florida. Dylan Meyer of Illinois and John Axelsen of Florida led their teams with 5 under 67s and hold the early individual lead. Follow live scoring here.
Langer wins in Richmond to kick off the Champions Tour playoffs.
Charlie Saxon captures the census shortened Peru Open.
Soly is in South Korea for this week's CJ Cup, read his notes from the weekthus far.