Justin Thomas shot a final-round 65 on his way to a seven-shot win over Justin Rose

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    Fourth-Round Notes – Sunday, January 15, 2017
    Weather
    Mostly sunny and hazy. High of 83. Wind SE 4-8 mph.
    36 Holes: 82 players at 3-under 137 from a field of 142 professionals and two amateurs.
    54 Holes: 73 professionals at 4-under 206.
    Fourth-Round Leaderboard
    Justin Thomas               59-64-65-65—253 (-27)
    Justin Rose                   66-64-66-64—260 (-20)
    Jordan Spieth                65-67-66-63—261 (-19)
    Kevin Kisner                  70-67-60-65—262 (-18)
    Jamie Lovemark            64-68-65-65—262 (-18)
    Justin Thomas
    Fourth-Round Notes
    Justin Thomas shot a final-round 65 on his way to a seven-shot win over Justin Rose at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
    With the victory, Thomas collects 500 FedExCup points and moves to No. 1 in the standings ahead of Hideki Matsuyama by 437 points.
    Thomas earns his fourth PGA TOUR Victory in his 74th start at the age of 23 years, 8 months and 17 days.
    PGA TOUR victories (4): 2015 CIMB Classic, 2016 CIMB Classic, 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions, 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii.
    Thomas’ 72-hole total of 253 sets a new PGA TOUR record, previously set by Tommy Armour III at the 2003 Valero Texas Open at 254. He sets a new Sony Open in Hawaii record as well, besting Russell Henley’s 2013 total of 256 by three.
    Thomas’ seven stroke victory is the largest margin of victory on the PGA TOUR since Hideki Matsuyama won the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions last fall in the early part of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season.
    Thomas is the fourth player to win the Sony Open in Hawaii in wire-to-wire fashion (no ties): Justin Thomas (2017), K.J. Choi (2008), Paul Azinger (2000), Howard Twitty (1993).
    Thomas’ lowest 72-hole scores in relation to par in his PGA TOUR career:
    27-under – 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii
    26-under – 2015 CIMB Classic
    23-under – 2016 CIMB Classic
    22-under – 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions
    20-under – 2015 CareerBuilder Challenge
    Thomas is the first player to win the SBS Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii in the same season since Ernie Els in 2003.
    Thomas’ wins the last two weeks are the fifth and sixth by a player in his 20s this season (Thomas/3, Hideki Matsuyama, Cody Gribble, Mackenzie Hughes), compared to one in his 30s (Brendan Steele) and two in their 40s (Rod Pampling, Pat Perez).
    Ten players have won each of the PGA TOUR’s Hawaii events at least once: Jim Furyk (1996 Sony; 2001 SBS Tournament of Champions), Jack Nicklaus (1974 Sony; 1963-64, 1971, 1973, 1977 TOC); Lee Trevino (1968 Sony; 1981 TOC); Lanny Wadkins (1988, 1991 Sony Open, 1982-83 TOC); Paul Azinger (1991 Sony; 1990 TOC); Mark O’Meara (1985 Sony; 1996 TOC); Ernie Els (2003-04 Sony; 2003 TOC); Vijay Singh (2005 Sony; 2007 TOC), Zach Johnson (2009 Sony; 2014 TOC), Justin Thomas (2017 Sony; 2017 TOC).
    Thomas is now three for four when holding at least a share of the lead through 54 holes, including his last three in a row, going on to win the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions and 2015 CIMB Classic. He finished T7 at the 2015 CareerBuilder Challenge after holding a share of the third-round lead. In his 2016 CIMB Classic victory, Thomas was T2 heading into the final round.
    Third-Round Notes
    Thomas’ lowest 54-hole scores on the PGA TOUR:
    188 – 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii (TBD)
    196 – 2015 CIMB Classic (Won)
    198 – 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii (T6)
    199 – 2015 John Deere Classic (T5)
    199 – 2015 CareerBuilder Challenge (T7)
    Lowest 54-hole scores at the Sony Open in Hawaii:
    188 – Justin Thomas (2017)
    193 – Russell Henley, Scott Langley (2013)
    Thomas ties Steve Stricker for the PGA TOUR’s lowest first 54-hole score:
    188 – Steve Stricker, John Deere Classic (2010)
    188 – Justin Thomas, Sony Open in Hawaii (2017)
    189 – John Cook, FedEx St. Jude Classic (1996)
    189 – Mark Calcavecchia, Waste Management Phoenix Open (2001)
    189 – Tommy Armour III, Valero Texas Open (2003)
    189 – Phil Mickelson, Waste Management Phoenix Open (2013)
    189 – Patrick Reed, CareerBuilder Challenge (2014)
    Thomas’ seven stroke lead after 54 holes was the largest in Sony Open in Hawaii history, topping Jack Nicklaus’ six-stroke lead in 1974.
    Second-Round Notes
    Thomas eagled his final hole during the first two rounds en route to an 11-under 59 and 6-under 64, respectively, setting the record for the lowest opening 36-hole score in PGA TOUR history (17-under 123).
    Lowest first 36 holes in PGA TOUR history:
    123 – Justin Thomas, 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii
    124 – Jason Day, 2015 BMW Championship
    124 – David Toms, 2011 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational
    124 – Pat Perez, 2009 CareerBuilder Challenge
    Thomas’ 36-hole total also set a new tournament record, three better than the record of 126 set by Russell Henley in 2013 on his way to victory. Thomas’ lowest 36-hole total previously was 128 (-12) at the 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii.
    Thomas’ five-shot lead matched the largest 36-hole lead in tournament history, set by two previous players (Paul Azinger, 2000 and Brad Faxon, 2001). It was also the largest 36-hole lead on TOUR since Jhonattan Vegas at the 2016 Barbasol Championship, who held a six-shot lead through two rounds.
    First-Round Notes
    Thomas opened the Sony Open in Hawaii with an 11-under 59, becoming the seventh player (eight times) to record a sub-60 round on the PGA TOUR.
    At the age of 23 years, eight months and 14 days, Thomas became the youngest player in PGA TOUR history to post a sub-60 round, topping David Duval who did so at the 1999 CareerBuilder Challenge (27 years, 2 months, 15 days).
    Sub-60 rounds on the PGA TOUR:
    Name
    Event/Round/Score
    Par
    Finish
    Al Geiberger
    1977 FedEx St. Jude Classic/R2/59
    72
    Won
    Chip Beck
    1991 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/R3/59
    72
    T3
    David Duval
    1999 CareerBuilder Challenge/R4/59
    72
    Won
    Paul Goydos
    2010 John Deere Classic/R1/59
    71
    2
    Stuart Appleby
    2010 Greenbrier Classic/R4/59
    70
    Won
    Jim Furyk
    2013 BMW Championship/R2/59
    71
    3
    Jim Furyk
    2016 Travelers Championship/R4/58
    70
    T5
    Justin Thomas
    2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/R1/59
    70
    Won
    Thomas’ lowest scores on the PGA TOUR:
    59 – 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/R1
    61 – 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii/R2
    61 – 2015 CIMB Classic/R2,
    Lowest opening-round scores at the Sony Open in Hawaii:
    59 – Justin Thomas (2017)
    62 – Scott Simpson (1991), Brian Claar/Mike Reid (1997), Scott Langley (2013), Paul Casey/Webb Simpson (2015)
    Miscellaneous Notes
    This week marked Thomas’ third start at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T6-2015, MC-2016, Win-2017).
    The Alabama product’s 2015-16 season concluded with his first appearance in the season-ending TOUR Championship thanks to three third-place finishes to go along with his maiden victory. He finished the season ranked No. 12 in the FedExCup.
    2016-17 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 5-5-4-3
    PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 74-56-19-4
    Justin Thomas – Statistics:
    Driving Accuracy 25/56 (T66)
    Greens in Regulation 56/72
    Total Putts 107
    Driving Distance 309.6 (1)
    Strokes Gained/Off the Tee: +5.328 (1)
    SG/Approach the Green: +6.145 (4)
    SG/Putting: +7.540 (2)
    About Justin Thomas
    Height: 5-10
    Weight: 145
    Birthdate: April 29, 1993
    Birthplace: Louisville, KY
    Residence: Goshen, KY
    Family: Single
    Education: University of Alabama
    Turned Pro: 2013
    Joined PGA TOUR: 2014-15
    Web.com Tour Graduate: 2014
    Third-Round Leader Statistics
    In the last 12 years (since 2006), eight of the 54-hole leaders/co-leaders have gone on to capture the Sony Open in Hawaii. The following details the last 12 years at this event:
    Year
    54-hole  leader/Score
    Eventual Champion/Score
    2017
    Justin Thomas (188/-22)
    Justin Thomas (253/-27)
    2016
    Brandt Snedeker/Zac Blair (194/-16)
    Fabian Gomez (260/-20)
    2015
    Jimmy Walker (194/-16)
    Walker (257/-23)
    2014
    Chris Kirk (198/-12)
    Jimmy Walker (263/-17)
    2013
    Russell Henley/Scott Langley (193/-17)
    Henley (256/-24)
    2012
    Jeff Maggert, Matt Every (198/-12)
    Johnson Wagner (267/-13)
    2011
    Mark Wilson (197/-13)
    Wilson (264/-16)
    2010
    Ryan Palmer/Robert Allenby (199/-11)
    Palmer (265/-15)
    2009
    Zach Johnson (200/-10)
    Johnson (265/-15)
    2008
    K.J. Choi (195/-15)
    Choi (266/-14)
    2007
    Charles Howell III (197/-13)
    Paul Goydos (266/-14)
    2006
    David Toms/Chad Campbell (196/-14)
    Toms (261/-19)
    Through nine events in the 2016-17 TOUR season, foour of nine third-round leaders have gone on to win (Hideki Matsuyama-WGC-HSBC Champions, Mackenzie Hughes-The RSM Classic, Justin Thomas-SBS Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii).
    Chez Reavie
    Chez Reavie was 9-under through 12 holes on Sunday before shooting a final-round 61 to finish T8. His 61 was punctuated by an ace at the par-3 17th hole (his eighth hole of the day) from 197 yards with a 6-iron. It is the ninth ace of the season.
    Lowest scores at the Sony Open in Hawaii:
    59 – Justin Thomas (R1, 2017)
    60 – Davis Love III (R2, 1994)
    60 – Kevin Kisner (R3, 2017)
    61 – David Toms (R3, 2006)
    61 – Bryce Molder (R2, 2017)
    61 – Chez Reavie (R4, 2017)
    Additional Player Notes
    Justin Rose finished runner-up in his first visit to the Sony Open since a T13 finish in 2011. In all, he owns four top-20 finishes in five starts at the event (2-2017, T13-2011, T12-2010, MC-2006, T20-2005).
    Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut in his only other Sony Open in Hawaii start (2014), shot a final-round 63 to finish third, eight shots behind winner Thomas. In his first two starts of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season, Spieth finished T3 at last week’s SBS Tournament of Champions and third this week.
    Kevin Kisner fired a final-round 65 to finish T4. Kisner carded a career-best 10-under 60 to move to T5 in the third round. His previous best round on the PGA TOUR was 63, set twice and most recently during the final round of the 2016 Wyndham Championship. Kisner missed 10’4” putt for eagle on the final hole (No. 9) that would have been the second 59 carded at Waialae this week (Justin Thomas/R1).
    Jamie Lovemark shot a Sunday 65 to record a T4 finish, his first top-10 of the season. It is his seventh career top-10 on the PGA TOUR.
    2009 Sony Open champion Zach Johnson posted a 68 to finish T6. This was Johnson’s 12th start at Waialae Country Club. In addition to his win in 2009, he has additional top-10 finishes in 2014 (T8) and 2016 (T9). Johnson shot a 61 in the second round.
    In Gary Woodland’s fifth start at the Sony Open in Hawaii, he finished T6 after a final-round 67. His best finish in the event came in 2015 when he tied for third.
    At 60 years, 6 months and 30 days, Fred Funk topped his own record from a year ago as the oldest player to make the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Prior to Funk, Tom Kite (55 years, 1 month, 7 days) held the previous distinction as being the oldest to make the cut at Waialae. By comparison, Sam Snead (67-2-21) is the oldest player to make the cut on the PGA TOUR, doing so at the 1979 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic (finished T47). Making his 24th start at the Sony Open, Funk failed to make the 54-hole cut.
    Charles Howell III (T8) now owns nine top-10 finishes in 16 starts at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T8-2017, T8-2014, T3-2013, T2-2012, T5-2010, 4-2009, T2-2007, T3-2005, T4-2002). Twenty-three of his last 24 rounds at Waialae Country Club have been in the 60s, including Sunday’s 5-under 65.
    Defending champion Fabian Gomez finished 72nd in his bid to become the fifth player to win consecutive Sony Open titles: Hubert Green (1978-79), Corey Pavin (1986-87), Ernie Els (2003-04), Jimmy Walker (2014-15).
                                                                                                                            
    Miscellaneous Notes
    Past champions: Zach Johnson (T6), Russell Henley (T13), Vijay Singh (T57), Fabian Gomez (72), Ryan Palmer (MC), K.J. Choi (MC), David Toms (MC), Jerry Kelly (MC), Jimmy Walker (MC), Johnson Wagner (MC).
    Bogey-free rounds:
    R1 – Gary Woodland (64), Russell Henley (64), Shawn Stefani (64), Billy Hurley III (64), Jamie Lovemark (64), Michael Thompson (65), Ryan Palmer (66), Hyung-Sung Kim (68)
    R2 – Bryce Molder (61), Zach Johnson (61), Chad Campbell (62), Brian Gay (64), Ken Duke (65), Derek Fathauer (65), Satoshi Kodaira (66), Rod Pampling (66), Jared Sawada (66), Bryson DeChambeau (67), Brian Harman (67), Michael Kim (67), Seung-Yul Noh (67), Sean O’Hair (69)
    R3 – Kevin Kisner (60), Justin Thomas (65), Zach Johnson (65), Vaughn Taylor (65), Kyle Stanley (66)
    R4 – John Huh (63), Kevin Kisner (65), Peter Malnati (65)
    Scoring Averages at the par-70 Waialae Country Club:
    Front 9             Back 9             Total                Cumulative
    R1        34.278              33.972              68.250              —
    R2        34.201              34.167              68.368              68.309
    R3        34.134              34.171              68.305              68.308
    R4        34.726              33.589              68.315              68.310
    The par-4 thirteenth hole played the toughest for the week, at 4.219. The par-5 ninth was the easiest at 4.214.

     

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