Justin Thomas Defends His Title At The CIMB Classic
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Obviously Justin Thomas has something he loves about the course at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He fired a bogey-free final round 64 on Sunday to finish at 23 under par, capturing his second PGA Tour title, and defending his victory at last years’ CIMB Classic.
“This place obviously suits my eye, and I think the fact that there’s a lot of wedges and scoring clubs bodes well for me,” Thomas said. “It was obviously a fun day. It couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my finish yesterday. That was huge for me and put me in a good position to have a chance to win today. I definitely owe a lot of it to that.”
After a 3 hole stretch where Thomas went bogey – double bogey – bogey to start the inward nine on Saturday, he finished the round with five straight birdies to get himself back into contention, but perhaps more importantly, it gave him the needed positive momentum going into Sunday.
Starting the final round four shots behind Aniban Lahiri, Thomas caught fire . . . while Lahiri faltered early with a quadruple bogey on the third hole when his tee shot never came out a tree. The best he could do was battle back for even par 72 to finish at 19 under par – to finish 4 strokes back of Thomas.
Hideki Matsuyama finished second 3 strokes back at 20 under par.