Justin Thomas picked up his maiden PGA Tour victory with a win at the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.
Justin carded a final round -6 under par 66 to win the CIMB Classic by one shot with a -26 under par total. That 26 strokes under score of 262 is a tournament scoring record.
Justin spoke about the double he carded on the par four 14th, but rallied with birdies on 15, 16 and 17;
“The thing I told myself is that I really didn’t do it because I was nervous.”
“I felt like I’ve been struggling off those downhill lies and that’s what I’ve been doing, I have been chunking. Unfortunately, I had a big body of water in front of the green.”
“But I just kept telling myself I controlled the tournament before that shot, so I just need to get back in it.”
“I had four more holes to try to make some more birdies and was fortunate enough to do it.”
“It’s a lot harder when you run 20-footers about 5 feet past the hole.”
“Obviously the Masters is a great goal that I’ve had my whole career, too.”
“But the thing is that I could play my way into the Masters with good play before April, and I only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii.”
Adam Scott returned to form, finishing in second place at -25 under par for the tournament. A last round -9 under par lifting him up the leaderboard, using the claw grip on a conventional length putter. The anchoring ban is looming on the horizon, and this is the first time Adam has used the claw in a PGA Tour tournament;
“These are important events to start the next year’s PGA TOUR season.”
“Next week is the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions). I would love to get into contention there and try and win.”
“I would like to have a win before the end of the season. So this is a step in the right direction.”
Brendan Steele and Kevin Na finished tied third, both on -24 under par.
Kevin came close here again, and will be back to get that elusive win;
“I’ve got a two and a three, so one is next.”
“But you’ve got to take the positive.”
“I’m playing the best golf of my life. I’ve got another shot at the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions) next week.”