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CJ Cup 2017

Round 4 - Justin Thomas wins in a playoff

October 23, 2017

Justin Thomas beat Australia's Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the inaugural CJ Cup in South Korea and cap his breakout year on the PGA Tour.

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Thomas sealed his fifth PGA title in 2017 - and his first of the new 2017-18 PGA season - when he birdied the second extra hole and Leishman made bogey after finding the water.

The pair went to a sudden-death playoff after completing the first U.S. PGA Tour regular-season event in South Korea tied at 9-under 279.

Thomas, who shared the overnight lead with Scott Brown, fell behind when he had a double bogey on the 550-yard par-5 No. 3 hole.

''I just kept telling myself it was a bad golf swing,'' Thomas said. ''It wasn't a mental error or wasn't a wrong judgment that we made but just a bad golf swing at a pretty bad time but I knew you are going make bogeys out here today.''

Thomas regained the lead and looked set for the win in regulation until he bogeyed No. 17, a 195-yard par 3 hole. But he made amends with a birdie at the last to join Leishman in the playoff.

''I really played some great golf after the third hole but it's just such a long day with these conditions,'' Thomas said.

Thomas said he is looking forward to some time off after his breakout season.

''I'm so excited to not do anything,'' Thomas said. ''I officially have nothing left in the tank at this moment.''

Leishman, who ended a 5-year drought on the PGA Tour when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, then added the BMW Championship in September, looked to have slipped out of contention when he made bogeyed the 5th, 7th and 8th holes to tumble down the leaderboard. But he birdied No. 9, No. 12 and No. 14 to join Thomas at 9-under then finished bogey-birdie to get in the playoff.

Replaying the par-5 18th, the pair both made par on the first extra hole before Leishman gambled and lost on his next attempt at the 568-yard final hole, finding the water after trying to reach the green in two.

''Obviously, disappointing to finish off that way. I probably got a little bit of a lifeline on the first play-off hole and I didn't take advantage of it. You give one of the best players in the world a chance like that, he's probably going to take it. Disappointed but second is not all bad,'' Leishman said.

''It was a bit of a dodgy lie. I was certainly not going to lay up. I just chunked it a little bit and goes in the water. If you go down, you want to go down like that. You don't want to go down laying up and making par. I rather attack and try to take it. I would certainly sleep better at night just doing that.''

Cameron Smith of Australia finished one stroke back in third place at 8-under with Whee Kim, the highest placed finisher of the 16 South Korean players in the field, finishing fourth at 7-under after closing with a 72.

Thomas' five tournament wins this calendar year included his first major, the 99th PGA Championship, which he won in August.

''I'm so pumped,'' Thomas added. ''I probably wasn't very fun to be around those first two days. I was just glad I finally got back to myself being patient these last two days.''

Round 3 - Justin Thomas leads on windy day

October 22, 2017

Justin Thomas fired a 2-under 70 in windy conditions to share the lead with fellow American Scott Brown after the third round of the CJ Cup on Saturday.

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Thomas offset a lone double bogey and a bogey with five birdies to reach the clubhouse at 9-under 207.

''I know for a fact I played better today than I did on Thursday when I shot a 9 under,'' Thomas said. ''It's just so hard out there. I've never played in a place where the wind swirls as much as it does here.''

Brown had back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 but recovered with two birdies on the back nine for a 71.

''It was playing tough today,'' Brown said. ''Just kind of grounded it out, not a lot of birdies to be made. I just made some clutch up-and-downs to kind of keep the round going.''

Anirban Lahiri of India moved into a share of third place with Australian Marc Leishman (71) after a 69 that included four birdies and a bogey.

Whee Kim (70) was the highest placed of the 16 South Korean players in the field, tied for fifth after a 72.

Overnight leader Luke List struggled with the conditions and fell into a tie for eighth place after a 76. List had three bogeys on the front nine and a pair of double bogeys on the back nine.

Jason Day also struggled with the wind, carding a 71 to be tied for 16th on 3-under 213.

More wind is forecast for the final round on Sunday.

''It's going to be tough but everyone has to deal with it,'' Thomas said. ''So we're just going to have to get a great game plan and stick with it and just try to make as many pars as possible.''

Round 2 - Luke List edges ahead

October 21, 2017

Luke List fired a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the CJ Cup on Friday.

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List, who is looking to win on the U.S. PGA Tour for the first time, carded five birdies, including one on the par-5 9th, his final hole, to move to 9 under.

''Some positive vibes there,'' List said. ''Anytime you get a bogey-free you are really happy about it. The wind was tricky but I was able to save par a lot and play solid in the back nine.''

Three-time tour winner Lucas Glover compensated for a pair of bogeys with seven birdies in a 67 and was tied for second with Scott Brown, who had a 70.

A day after firing a 63 for the first-round lead, Justin Thomas made a 74 to slip into a share of fourth with Australian golfer Cameron Smith (68) at 7 under.

Thomas took a three-shot lead into the second round, but an opening 3-over-par 39 on the front brought him back to the pack.

The second-round 74 is Thomas' worst score since an 80 in the second round of the British Open.

Jason Day also struggled en route to a 74 to fall back to 24th at 2 under.

Whee Kim (70) was the highest placed of the 16 South Korean players in the field at 6 under overall, tied for sixth with Patrick Reed (72), Chez Reavie (72) and another Australian, Marc Leishman (72).

Seung Yul Noh carded five birdies and closed with an eagle in a bogey-free 65 for the best score of the day, lifting him to even par overall.

Conditions so far have been windy and List said he expects that to be a factor on the weekend.

''If the wind does not blow out here, there will be a lot of birdies,'' List said. ''If the wind does blow, you can kind of be a little bit more strategic and try to make some pars out there.''

Round 1 - Justin Thomas leads with opening 63

October 20, 2017

Justin Thomas had two eagles on his front nine and finished with a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, the first official PGA Tour tournament staged in South Korea.

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Thomas started with a bogey at 10 but made amends with eagles on the par-5 12th and 18th holes around four straight birdies from No. 14-17 to turn in 29. He added three more birdies and a bogey to hold his margin.

''It was kind of a weird day,'' Thomas said. ''It started off with a really, really bad bogey. And then I had a seven-hole stretch there where I basically kind of went unconscious. That was pretty much most of my round.''

Thomas has won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia twice - in 2015 and 2016 - and says he is comfortable playing overseas.

''It's still golf,'' Thomas said. ''It doesn't matter where you are and I know that it is very cliche and easier said than done but you just have to take advantage of the rest and time you have off the course.''

Chez Reavie, Gavin Kyle Green, Scott Brown, Patrick Reed and Marc Leishman all opened with 66s and were in a five-way share of second at 6 under.

Jhonattan Vegas and Charles Howell III were among five players a shot further back at 5 under.

Jason Day and fellow Australian Rod Pampling were at 4 under, one stroke ahead of Pat Perez, who was coming off a victory at last week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Adam Scott had a 72 in opening round containing four birdies and four bogeys.

Scores

1 USA Justin Thomas -9 - 63 74 70 72 279
2 AUS Marc Leishman -9 - 66 72 71 70 279
3 AUS Cameron Smith -8 - 69 68 73 70 280
4 KOR Meen-Whee Kim -6 - 68 70 72 72 282
T5 IND Anirban Lahiri -5 - 69 71 69 74 283
T5 USA Brian Harman -5 - 68 72 72 71 283
T5 USA Jamie Lovemark -5 - 70 74 68 71 283
T5 USA Luke List -5 - 68 67 76 72 283
T5 USA Pat Perez -5 - 69 71 75 68 283
T5 USA Scott Brown -5 - 66 70 71 76 283
T11 KOR Byeong-Hun An -4 - 71 73 67 73 284
T11 AUS Jason Day -4 - 68 74 71 71 284
T11 USA Patrick Reed -4 - 66 72 76 70 284
T11 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -4 - 71 70 72 71 284
T15 RSA Branden Grace -3 - 72 67 74 72 285
T15 USA Chez Reavie -3 - 66 72 74 73 285
T15 ENG Ian Poulter -3 - 71 71 73 70 285
T15 USA Lucas Glover -3 - 69 67 74 75 285
T19 USA Charles Howell III -2 - 67 72 78 69 286
T19 USA Kyle Stanley -2 - 68 71 73 74 286
T19 USA Ollie Schniederjans -2 - 67 72 76 71 286
T19 ENG Paul Casey -2 - 72 71 69 74 286
T23 USA Morgan Hoffmann -1 - 73 71 69 74 287
T23 CAN Nick Taylor -1 - 68 72 72 75 287
25 AUS Adam Scott Par - 72 75 70 71 288
T26 USA Harold Varner III 1 - 69 72 73 75 289
T26 USA Tony Finau 1 - 67 75 75 72 289
T28 RSA Charl Schwartzel 2 - 71 72 75 72 290
T28 USA Hudson Swafford 2 - 68 73 74 75 290
T28 USA Kevin Tway 2 - 71 72 74 73 290
T28 KOR Kyung-Tae Kim 2 - 70 72 76 72 290
T28 BEL Thomas Pieters 2 - 71 68 75 76 290
T33 USA Patrick Rodgers 3 - 69 75 73 74 291
T33 USA Russell Henley 3 - 67 76 76 72 291
T33 USA Stewart Cink 3 - 71 70 77 73 291
T36 COL Camilo Villegas 4 - 71 75 75 71 292
T36 KOR Jin-Ho Choi 4 - 71 71 76 74 292
T36 KOR Seung-Yul Noh 4 - 79 65 74 74 292
T36 USA Wesley Bryan 4 - 70 72 75 75 292
T40 ARG Emiliano Grillo 5 - 70 76 74 73 293
T40 USA Gary Woodland 5 - 78 72 74 69 293
T40 USA James Hahn 5 - 74 73 76 70 293
T40 USA Robert Streb 5 - 69 71 74 79 293
T44 KOR Jung-Gon Hwang 6 - 76 69 76 73 294
T44 USA Kelly Kraft 6 - 73 73 74 74 294
T44 KOR Si-Woo Kim 6 - 70 75 74 75 294
T47 CAN Adam Hadwin 7 - 75 72 76 72 295
T47 USA Bud Cauley 7 - 69 77 75 74 295
T47 TPE Cheng Tsung Pan 7 - 72 77 74 72 295
T47 USA Chris Stroud 7 - 71 75 76 73 295
T47 USA Keegan Bradley 7 - 70 73 77 75 295
T47 USA Kevin Na 7 - 74 73 74 74 295
T47 KOR Kyoung-Hoon Lee 7 - 71 76 75 73 295
T54 USA Chris Kirk 8 - 72 74 76 74 296
T54 USA Daniel Berger 8 - 70 74 77 75 296
T54 VEN Jhonattan Vegas 8 - 67 77 75 77 296
T54 KOR Sung-Hoon Kang 8 - 73 74 75 74 296
T58 KOR Seung-Hyuk Kim 9 - 77 73 74 73 297
T58 KOR Young-Han Song 9 - 75 71 74 77 297
60 KOR Hyung-Joon Lee 10 - 73 72 79 74 298
T61 USA Chad Campbell 11 - 74 74 73 78 299
T61 AUS Rod Pampling 11 - 68 78 79 74 299
T61 KOR Sang-Moon Bae 11 - 71 76 76 76 299
T64 NIR Graeme McDowell 12 - 73 73 77 77 300
T64 SWE Jonas Blixt 12 - 76 71 80 73 300
66 USA Cody Gribble 13 - 73 81 76 71 301
T67 MAS Gavin Green 14 - 66 82 79 75 302
T67 USA J. B. Holmes 14 - 75 79 73 75 302
T67 KOR K. J. Choi 14 - 69 74 82 77 302
T67 AUS Ryan Ruffels 14 - 75 74 81 72 302
71 NZL Danny Lee 15 - 71 73 80 79 303
T72 KOR Jung-Hwan Lee 17 - 72 77 79 77 305
T72 USA Xander Schauffele 17 - 69 82 78 76 305
74 USA Jim Herman 20 - 75 81 77 75 308
75 KOR Jeung-Hun Wang 21 - 74 74 79 82 309
76 USA Grayson Murray 25 - 75 78 81 79 313
77 KOR Gyu-Min Lee 37 - 87 80 77 81 325
RET CAN Graham DeLaet Par - 70 80 - - 150

 





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