'Floodgates open' as Thomas wins Tournament of Champions

Thomas, 23, wins third PGA Tour event - and Spieth is mightily impressed 

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Justin Thomas claimed a three-shot victory to clinch his third PGA Tour title at the Tournament of Champions on Hawaii.

The American’s lead was cut to one stroke on the back nine on the final day, with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama in hot pursuit.

However, the 23-year-old steadied the ship to fire a score of four-under 69 to take the title, reserved for winners from last season.

"I stumbled more than I would have liked to do," Thomas said. "But it shows where my game is at right now. I had some woes there, but I stuck it out to still get it done," he said.

"It changes things going forward because I know I'm coming back here.”

Thomas unleashed some monster drives en route to victory, with some travelling over 400-yards, which impressed last year’s winner Jordan Spieth, who came tied third in 2017.

"I think it's potentially floodgates opening," Spieth said. "The guy hits it forever. He's got a really, really nifty short game. He manages the course well. He's playing the golf course the way it should be played, and honestly, he's taking advantage of the easier holes.

"It's awesome to see," Spieth said. "He's going to be tough to beat next week, too."

Leaderboard

Thomas -22
Matsuyama -19
Spieth -16
Perez -16
Moore -16
Johnson -15
Reed -15
Steele -15

In the bag

Driver: Titleist 917D3
Fairway woods: Titleist 917 F3
Irons: Titleist 716 MB
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5