Justin Thomas made a birdie on the first playoff hole to top Luke List at the Honda Classic. It was Thomas' seventh win in his last 31 starts, a run that also includes six other top 10 finishes. Finishing one shot back of Thomas and List was Alex Noren and Tiger Woods registered a t12th. Full scores
An all-around talent
The win continues Thomas' ascension up the world rankings to a career high third. Thomas earned a spot in the playoff with a clutch wedge shot on the 72nd hole which he nearly holed out. It led to a tap-in birdie and showcased the all-around brilliance of Thomas' game. He excels in all aspects of the game from the tee through the green which allows him to contend and win on every type of golf course. With eight career wins and a major championship, the 24-year-old looks like the best player in the world.
The thin line
Thomas's win did come thanks to a fortuitous bounce early in his final round. On the par 3 fifth, Thomas' tee shot hit a water hazard's rock wall, rather than finding the water, the rocks kicked him a mere 10' from hole. These types of bounces remind of how small the margin of winning and losing is on the PGA Tour.
Luke List fell just short of his first PGA Tour title. The long-hitting 33-year-old is enjoying the strongest stretch of golf of his career. Since October of 2016, List has notched 14 top 25 finishes and has moved from 320th to 73rd in the world rankings.
The Big Cat
Tiger Woods recorded a t12th, his best finish on the PGA Tour since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Tiger's week was most impressive because of his iron play, leading the field in approach shot proximity. A stat he would regularly dominate during his prime. Tiger also finished third in the field in driving distance. Long tee shots and good iron play is a recipe that wins often on the PGA Tour.
After the round, Tiger was asked about his upcoming schedule to which he replied he needed to get back in the gym. I would expect that we will see him tee it up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in three weeks as his final competitive rounds before the Masters.
Quite the day
Former LSU standout Sam Burns shot a final round 68 to move into a tie for 8th place. Burns' round was all the more impressive that it came with his first ever pairing with Tiger Woods. Burns was born in 1996, the same year that Tiger won Rookie of the Year honors. The top 10 finish gets Burns who was playing on a Sponsor's exemption into the next regular tour stop, the Valspar.
Many of the world’s best will tee it up at Seminole for their Pro-Member today before heading to Mexico. Here are the tee times and field.
Robotics, labor and golf
On my recent trip to California, I heard about the robotic mower test that the California Golf Club had undergone. The iconic club is using a fleet of robotic mowers to cut and roll its greens. So far the results have been positive and the club has expanded the test from 4 to 18 greens. The mowers have the potential to reduce costs and improve conditions on the golf course, check out the full story.
A first for Eddie
In Qatar, Eddie Pepperrel shot a final round 70 to top Oliver Wilson by one shot and collect his first career victory. Full scores
If you have yet to check it out, I highly recommend reading a few posts on Eddie Pepperell's blog. He provides honest commentary and a great glimpse into the life of a European Tour pro.
The latest podcast
Web.com Tour professional Ed Loar joins the podcast to talk about his career. Ed is one of the older guys on the Web.com Tour and has played golf on almost every Tour in the world. We discuss the ups and downs of golf, his recent stretch of great play on the Web.com Tour and how professional golf has changed over the years. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or the website.