Thomas Off to a Hot Start in Jeju

HK Golfer - - Divots - Photo by AFP/Jung Yeon-je

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).

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