CJ Cup Recap: Thomas on Hot Streak
CJ Cup Recap: Thomas on Hot Streak

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When Justin Thomas came to the 18th tee on Saturday with a three-stroke lead, it seemed a good bet he'd carry a comfortable advantage into the final round of the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, maybe even a huge one. But after two eye-popping shots – one by Thomas and the other by Danny Lee – the lead was completely gone.

First, Thomas shockingly found the water from the middle of fairway and made a bogey-6. Second, Lee drained a curling, uphill-then-downhill 60-footer for an eagle-3. Suddenly, they were tied after 54 holes, setting the stage for a surprisingly taut Sunday on Jeju Island in South Korea.

Thomas and Lee separated themselves from the field and took turns with the lead through the front nine. Things weren't fully decided until they returned to 18, where Lee's bid for another eagle lipped out and Thomas made a testy par putt to end up with a two-stroke victory.

The win was Thomas' second in the three-year history of the CJ Cup (2017) and adds to some very lofty numbers to his resume, both current and career.

It was his second victory in two months after a year-long dry spell and extends a strong surge that has carried him back to No. 4 in the world. Thomas has now finished no worse than top-12 in his past eight worldwide starts.

It also was the 11th PGA Tour win for the 26-year-old Thomas. Golf Channel flashed a graphic showing golfers with the most wins

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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