Thomas en­ters record busi­ness as youngest to score sub-60

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Sport -

Justin Thomas made his­tory by be­com­ing the youngest man to record a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour af­ter card­ing an 11-un­der-par 59 on the open­ing day of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The 23-year-old Amer­i­can reg­is­tered two ea­gles, eight birdies and a soli­tary bo­gey in Honolulu, as he be­came only the sev­enth man to break 60 on the PGA Tour.

Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Du­val, Paul Goy­dos, Stu­art Ap­pleby and Jim Furyk are the other play­ers to have achieved a be­low-60 round. Du­val had pre­vi­ously been the youngest man to hold the record af­ter man­ag­ing the feat in 1999, aged 27.

Thomas, who last week emerged vic­to­ri­ous in the SBS Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons, also in Hawaii, sits three shots clear of near­est chal­lenger Hud­son Swaf­ford, who made nine birdies and a bo­gey in his 62. Scot Rus­sell Knox carded an open­ing 64.

Thomas said: “It was a fun day out there, it was the most I’ve ever had it rolling.

“My birdies were all very easy and I just had a lot of good luck and kept leav­ing it in the right spots.

“I didn’t drive it as well on the back nine but I got down to the magic num­ber and that’s all that mat­ters.”

The world num­ber 12 spec­tac­u­larly chipped in from a bunker on the 10th hole, his first, as he started and ended the day with ea­gles.

He said: “I chipped in on 10 on my first hole for ea­gle. I can’t think of a much bet­ter start than that. Once I turned on that front nine ev­ery­thing was com­ing pretty easy up un­til then, so it was just try­ing to ride the mo­men­tum and make birdies.”

High five: Justin Thomas cel­e­brates his 59

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