Thomas latest member of ‘59 Club’
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.