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Thomas Triumphant In Honda Thriller

Justin Thomas played the sort of golf we used to associate with Tiger Woods as he claimed his eighth PGA Tour win at the Honda Classic in Florida.

With the 14-time major winner also in the field and showing glimpses all week that his game is back on track, World Number Four Thomas accounted for Luke List in sudden death to take his second trophy of the year.

The reigning PGA champion, Thomas has firmly established himself as one of the world’s elite and sterling play under pressure over the closing stretch once again proved his credentials.

Having survived the famous loop of holes known as ‘The Bear Trap’ unscathed, Thomas’ tee shot at the par-5 18th found rough.

Tied with playing partner List at 7-under at the time, and with Alex Noren already in the clubhouse at that number, Thomas watched on as List knocked his second shot onto the green to give himself an eagle putt.

Resisting the temptation to attempt a shot that was beyond him, Thomas instead wedged out then knocked a brilliant approach within feet of the cup for a birdie that eventually sent the tournament to extra holes.

Another birdie at the same hole about 20 minutes later was enough to give him the win, one Thomas was clearly pleased with after a stretch of good though unspectacular golf.

“Just a little bit tighter,” he said when asked the difference this week.

“I’d been playing well like I said but just I made less mistakes this week. To only make five bogeys and one double on this golf course for four days is pretty impressive in my eyes.”

Thomas also praised playing partner List who impressed with his play under the pressure of trying to capture a maiden Tour title.

“Luke was playing unbelievable. He made so many putts on that back nine and that’s what you’ve got to do to win golf tournaments,” Thomas said.

“He’s a tough competitor. I hadn’t played with him in a long time and he’s just so impressive in every part of his game.

“It was going to be a very deserving champion either one of us in that playoff.”

While Thomas continues to cement his position as one of the world’s elite, Tiger Woods’ journey back to the top took another positive step in Florida.

PGA National is one of the toughest courses the Tour plays all year and Woods' 12th place finish was built around vintage Tiger golf.

“I thought I played well this week," Woods told CBS reporter Dottie Pepper after his round.

"I really did. I thought I had control of it. I didn't play the last few holes well the last couple days.

“Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress I've made. I gave myself a chance at it. I made a big leap this week because I really hit it well.

“I was able to control it, especially in this wind. It's not easy to do, and I was able to do it for most of the week.”

Like many others in the field, Adam Scott included, it was the stretch of holes form 15 to 17 that was Woods’ undoing. He played them in 8-over for the week, Scott in 7-over.

That side, Woods’ statistics were impressive as he was second in driving distance for the week and led the proximity to the hole category.

More importantly, though, he looked comfortable when he got within touching distance of the leaders early in the back nine Sunday before a double bogey at 15 crueled his chances.

Scott finished the best of the two Australian in the field by a shot, his 1-over 72-hole total an impressive feat after making the cut on the number at 5-over.

Weekend rounds of 67-69 leapfrogged him more than 50 places up the leaderboard to T13, Chalmers also impressing at the weekend with 70-67 to be T17.


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