Justin Thomas, USA, wins the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in a comfortable canter by four shots.
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Justin carded a final round -1 under 69, but it was enough to see him win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by four shots at -15 under par, the turning point was the birdie on the 13th, he had been struggling with the putter all day;
“That birdie there was huge to kind of separate it, and then Jason made a couple bogeys and we were able to coast coming in.”
“I take a lot of pride in how I played today.”
“I was very nervous going into today. I think that you kind of get that two, three, four shot lead, it’s just different than one.”
“With a three‑shot lead you kind of have a little bit of wiggle room and you feel like you maybe play a little too conservative, but I was able to kind of dwell on past learning experiences and you always try to get it higher.”
“I was trying to get it to 18 under because I knew if I got to that, I didn’t really think anybody could catch me.”
“I played well enough to do that, I just didn’t really make any putts today, but I just kept hitting green after green.”
“And if I hit missed the fairway, I was putting it on the correct side of the rough so I was able to have an angle into the green. We just kind of plotted our day around.”
Kyle Stanley, USA, was second, with a final round -2 under 70, to post a total of -11 under par.
Sharing third place with decent last rounds of -6 under 64 were Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, and World Number One Dustin Johnson, both at -10 under for the tournament.
Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood all went into reverse, shooting over par scores for their final rounds to drop out of contention.
Next year the tournament has been moved to Memphis, Justin Thomas said;
“I’m glad I finally played well around here, just in time for it to leave.”