Justin Thomas claims first WGC title by four shots at Firestone

Justin Thomas claims first WGC title by four shots at Firestone

Justin Thomas claims first WGC title by four shots at Firestone

"You just don't know if they're ever going to see me win if I don't win here, so it was pretty cool to get it done".

The 100th PGA Championship begins Thursday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

Smith's countryman Wade Ormsby played with eight-time WGC-Bridgestone victor Tiger Woods and both shot 73.

"(Sunday) is a different story", a defiant Day said.

Day battled mistakes during the third round at the hard Firestone Country Club but managed to stay near the top of the leaderboard at 10-under-par after a one-under 69 on Saturday.

But back-to-back bogeys from the 13th preceded a double-bogey at the par-5 16th as Day signed for a 73 to share 10th at seven under, eight shots back of Thomas.

"I'm going to have to", Woods said.

"He was missing it in both directions and was like, 'I feel like crap, '" Mike Thomas said. I loved playing here, even when it was the World Series of Golf.

Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously challenged, a one-under-par 69 more than enough to clinch his ninth PGA Tour title, and his first in a World Golf Championships event.

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It is also just the fifth time he has been in the top 10 after two rounds of any official event since his last victory five years ago at this tournament.

"I only putted well the first day".

"He's got a nasty streak in him, which I think you need out here".

From that heart-to-heart, Thomas threw everything he had at the game's best and came away with the most dominant victory of his career. He lost in a playoff to Phil Mickelson the next week at the WGC-Mexico Championship and was fourth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Bridgestone Invitational field includes the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, along with members of the Presidents Cup teams and the winners of selected tournaments on the PGA Tour and other global tours. I holed a couple really nice putts for par in the middle of the back nine, so happy with that.

He held steady on a day when the three players who started closest to the lead all fell apart. "Today I didn't drive it quite as well, didn't putt quite as good as I wanted to".

"I didn't hit as many balls as I normally would going into an event, but I needed a break, " he said.

He is an eight-time victor at Firestone Country Club but has not won anywhere since his 2013 victory on the course, which is hosting the event for a final time before it moves to Memphis next year.

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