American enters PGA Championship on strength of 3-stroke victory at TPC Southwind and a return to No. 1 in world ranking
Justin Thomas has been in this position before. Specifically, on top of the golf world.
Thomas, 27, won the PGA Tour’s WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday in Memphis, Tenn., and returned to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking, up from No. 3. He was No. 1 for four weeks in the late spring of 2018, on the heels of his having won six tournaments in 14 months in 2017-18, including the 2017 PGA Championship.
Now, with Thomas entering this week’s 102nd PGA on the tailwind of his 13th career victory, he will look like an even stronger contender to win the first major championship in a season turned inside out by the coronavirus pandemic.
Thomas closed with a 5-under 65 at TPC Southwind for a 13-under 267 total and three-stroke victory (scores).
Americans Daniel Berger (65), Brooks Koepka (69) and Phil Mickelson (67) shared second place with England’s Tom Lewis (66) at 10-under 270. Koepka, who will be the two-time defending champion in the PGA, double bogeyed the par-4 18th hole at TPC Southwind.
It was the third victory of the 2019-20 season for Thomas, who also won the CJ Cup in October in South Korea and the Tournament of Champions in January.
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