Justin Thomas Wins Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone PDF Print E-mail


Justin Thomas celebrates PGA Tour career win number 9 at Firestone.

Akron, Ohio - When Justin Thomas closed the deal at the Honda

Classic at PGA National five months ago, it appeared that he was a

wrecking ball with the momentum that couldn't be stopped. He had

won his first major (the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow) and the

Fedex Cup at the end of the 2017 season and was clearly the hottest

player in the game. In the time since, he became World no.1 and led the

FedEx Cup standings, but just as the summer started, everything just

seemed to stall. Simultaneously, Dustin Johnson re-found his groove

and took over the rankings and Fedex Cup standings .


At the Bridgestone invitational at Firestone, Thomas once again found

his early season form against the world's best. Playing in the final round

with Rory McIlroy, Thomas was steady - shooting a final round 1 under

par 69 while most of his challengers struggled. Thomas finished at 15

under par - 265 total, four strokes better than runner-up Kyle Stanley

on the final spin around one of the PGA Tour's classic venues.


Afterwards, Thomas was emotional when he saw who made the trip up

from Kentucky to see the final round. "I got a little choked up when I

saw grandma and grandpa over there," Thomas said. "It's really cool,

they don't get out very often."

In his previous two starts at Firestone, Thomas hadn't finished higher

than a tie for 28th. "I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in

time to leave." Firestone will host the Senior Players Championship

next season, while the WGC Championship moves to Memphis (TPC



McIlroy shot 73 Sunday, as did eight-time Champion at Firestone -

Tiger Woods, who struggled on Sunday to finish at even par.


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