Justin Thomas sets PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record in runaway Sony Open win

Justin Thomas sets PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record in runaway Sony Open win

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Justin Thomas sets PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record in runaway Sony Open win

Here is a recap of Sunday’s final round of the 2017 Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii:

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WINNER: Justin Thomas won. Shocker. What an absolutely dominant week from Thomas. Wire-to-wire win, but honestly that’s maybe the least exciting statistic we could list off. Thomas started the week by shooting 59, followed with 64 to break the PGA Tour’s 36-hole scoring record with 123, continued with a 65 to tie the Tour’s all-time 54-hole mark (188) and finished by beating the Tour’s historic previous low 72-hole total of 254 by doing one better. All in all, it was a 27-under 253 for Thomas and a SEVEN-shot win. Yes, SEVEN. Combine that with his win last week at 22 under, and Thomas is now 49 under in eight rounds in 2017. Incredible.

Some more stats. Per the PGA Tour, he’s the first to win back-to-back weeks by 3+ shots on Tour since Tiger Woods at the 2009 Buick Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He’s also the first to sweep the Hawaii swing (SBS Tournament of Champions, Sony Open) since Ernie Els in 2003. This is Thomas’ third win in his last four PGA Tour starts. With this trio of wins, he has moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings. He’s also projected to jump from No. 12 to No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

JUST MISSED: Let’s change this to “MISSED,” because nobody was close to catching Thomas. His lead never dwindled below five on Sunday and it climbed as high as nine. Justin Rose earned a distant runner-up finish at 20 under. He never had a round worse than 66 this week. Jordan Spieth makes it back-to-back top threes as he follows up his T-3 at Kapalua with a solo third at the Sony (he finished 19 under). Kevin Kisner and Jamie Lovemark finished T-4 at 18 under, while Zach Johnson and Gary Woodland placed T-6 at 17 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Well, there was a hole-in-one on Sunday, so yeah that shot wins.

This one came at No. 17 via Chez Reavie. It was his eighth hole of the day, and the ace would spur him on to threatening 59 before shooting a 9-under 61 in the end. Strong finish for the week, take it away with the ace, Chez…

QUOTABLE: “I remember someone saying that in a press conference that I needed 10 under on the weekend (to set the 72-hole scoring record). So I told (caddie) Jimmy (Johnson) with two holes left, ‘We need to get one of these last two.’ It’s been an unbelievable week.” – Justin Thomas on breaking the PGA Tour’s all-time 72-hole scoring record

CHIP SHOTS:  As you might have guessed, Reavie had the day’s best round with 61. He was 9 under through 12 holes, which actually makes that 61 score a bit disappointing. But that 61 moved him from T-48 to T-8 in the end. … Spieth tied for the day’s second-best round with a 63. That’s 7 under, and he actually had an 8-under final round last week at the SBS Tournament of Champions. Second straight top-three finish for Spieth. … Hideki Matsuyama breaks an incredible stretch of play on the PGA Tour with a T-27. He had finished 5th-2nd-1st-2nd in his last four Tour events (going back to last season’s Tour Championship). That T-27 showing is actually Matsuyama’s worst finish on the PGA Tour since July (when he placed T-42 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational). … Bryson DeChambeau never shoots above 70 in a week where he nearly withdrew because of food poisoning/dehydration and then went to the hospital to deal with those issues after Round 1. That’s 8 under for the week and T-49. … Defending champion Fabian Gomez finished 72nd among 73 players who completed 72 holes as he shot a 1-under 279. Only Ken Duke did worse at even par for the week. … Fred Funk only made it through 54 holes as he earned a made cut did not finish distinction, but that’s still a made cut in the end. At 60 years, 6 months, he breaks the record (which he previously held) for oldest player to make the cut at the Sony Open.

UP NEXT: The PGA Tour moves on to La Quinta, Calif., for the CareerBuilder Challenge. That will take place from Jan. 19-22. Check out Golfweek.com and follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for full coverage of that event.

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