Justin Thomas dedicates WCG-Bridgestone Invitational win to ailing Aussie Jarrod Lyle

Annette Crawford
Августа 7, 2018

As Firestone Country Club - playing host to this tournament for the final time before it moves to Memphis next year - made life hard for the world's best players on day four, overnight leader Thomas kept out of trouble, carding two birdies and a single bogey to get to 15 under par and secure a comfortable victory.

The 25 year old made his first birdie of the day from 15 feet at the long second to get to 15 under.

World number one Dustin Johnson and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen shared third place on 270, both storming home with six-under par 64s as those who began the day with higher hopes floundered.

His grandfather, Paul, played in the 1960 Championship at Firestone.

"This win, and this week, was definitely for Jarrod", Thomas said.

"This is my first PGA Tour win with him here and it's really special".

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are in the same group for the first two rounds at next week's PGA Championship in Missouri.

McIlroy's five bogeys included three on the trot at the eighth, ninth and 10th.

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Tiger Woods, an eight-time victor at the Firestone club hosting the Bridgestone for the last time, carded his second straight 73 to finish with a share of 31st.

The Greystones star found just four fairways in a closing 74 to finish tied 66th in the 71-man field on eight-over and second last for driving accuracy though he did win $48,500 for his trouble. He needn't have anxious - he shot 73 and tied for sixth.

Former world No 1 Day pulled within two of Thomas when he rattled off three straight birdies starting at the 10th hole.

"I was just trying to be as aggressive as possible and fire at everything", Woods said.

They will tee off together at Bellerive in St Louis on Thursday.

"I got a little choked up when I looked over and saw my grandpa and grandma", Thomas said.

At London Golf Club, Philip Golding fired a course record, nine-under 63 to win the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship by two shots from Swede Magnus P Atlevi on 18-under par.

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