Thomas Off to a Hot Start in Jeju
Justin Thomas defeated Marc Leishman on the second extra hole with a birdie at the par-5 18th.
The reigning FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year once again got his season off to a hot start, winning in his second start at the inaugural edition of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. Thomas narrowly missed an eagle putt on the 72nd hole to win but earned his way into a playoff with Leishman.
After halving with pars on the 18th due to wayward drives, Thomas made a stress-free birdie to win in the first playoff of his PGA TOUR career. The win, which brings his career total to seven, didn’t come easy, as strong winds whipped Jeju Island, Korea all weekend. Thomas’ win comes at the age of 24 years, five months and 29 days.
Thomas held the first-round lead by three after a 63 on the first day. His win today makes him three for four in converting first-round leads to victory. For comparison, only eight of 46 first-round leaders went on to win last season (twice by Thomas, at the CIMB Classic and the Sony Open in Hawaii).