Justin Thomas shoots 59 at Sony Open in Hawaii


HONOLULU, Hawaii — Three-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Thomas posted an 11-under 59 in the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Thursday at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Thomas became the seventh player in history to post a sub-60 score in a PGA TOUR round.

“I didn’t feel how I thought I would feel,” Thomas said in a press conference following his round. “I thought I would have been just as nervous as I was trying to win a golf tournament. I was in an unbelievable zone, and very, very focused and in good rhythm.”

Thomas, who is coming off his third PGA TOUR win on Sunday in Maui at the SBS Tournament of Champions, eagled his final hole to shoot 59. His round included eight birdies, two eagles and one bogey. The former University of Alabama golfer was grouped with Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger.

“It means a lot,” Thomas said. “Anytime you’re in history, in any sport or whatever you’re doing, it’s a good thing. We all know it’s a magical number in golf.”

At the age of 23 years, 8 months, 14 days, Thomas becomes the youngest member of the elite club. He joins Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos, Stuart Appleby and Jim Furyk as players to record a 59 or better on the PGA TOUR. Only Thomas and Duval closed their 59s with eagle putts.

Thomas joined the PGA TOUR in the 2014-15 season. In addition to his win at last week’s SBS Tournament of Champions, Thomas’ first two PGA TOUR wins both came in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic (2015 and 2016). His previous low round on the TOUR was 61 (twice).