Thomas lat­est mem­ber of ‘59 Club’

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

Fresh off his vic­tory on Maui, Justin Thomas be­came the sev­enth player to join the “59 Club” on the PGA Tour when he made a 15-foot ea­gle putt on his last hole Thurs­day at the Sony Open in Honolulu for an 11-un­der-par 59.

Thomas thought his hopes at a 59 were over when his drive on the par-5 ninth hole at Wa­ialae Coun­try Club was a foot from clear­ing a fair­way bunker on the left and rolled back into the sand. But he hit a 5-iron clean and pure, and it set­tled 15 feet below the cup. Wast­ing lit­tle time over the putt, he poured it in for a 59 and a three-shot lead over Hud­son Swaf­ford.

Jim Furyk was the last player with a sub-60 round when he closed with a record 58 at the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship last sum­mer.

Thomas, a 23-year-old with enor­mous power for his 145-pound frame, never hit more than a 7-iron into the par 4s at Wa­ialae on a per­fect day for scor­ing — very lit­tle breeze, fast fair­ways and soft greens. His only bo­gey came on his sec­ond hole, the par-3 11th, when his tee shot went into a bunker and he missed an 18foot par putt.

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