Justin Thomas wins Honda Classic in playoff for 8th career PGA Tour title

Justin Thomas, right, is congratulated by last year's winner, Rickie Fowler, left, as he holds up his trophy after winning the Honda Classic golf tournament in a sudden-death playoff, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

Justin Thomas wins Honda Classic in playoff for 8th career PGA Tour title

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Justin Thomas wins Honda Classic in playoff for 8th career PGA Tour title

Here is a recap of the final round of the Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.:

WINNER: Justin Thomas won a playoff at the Honda Classic to capture his eighth career PGA Tour title. Luke List is still waiting for his first.

Thomas birdied the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, to defeat List and earn his second victory of the season. Thomas hit the green in two shots and two-putted for his birdie. List missed the fairway right off the tee and left with his layup before missing an 18-footer for his birdie.

Thomas and List played in the final group together Sunday at the Honda Classic, List entering the final round at 7 under and a shot ahead of the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year. Thomas closed in 2-under 68 an List shot 69, each birdieing the 18th hole, to earn a spot in the playoff.

Thomas hasn’t finished worse than T-22 in seven starts this season. List has seven top-26 finishes in 11 starts this season entering the week. His only professional win prior to the week came at the 2012 South Georgia Classic.

JUST MISSED: Alex Noren got in the clubhouse at 7 under after a birdie at the 18th. Noren could’ve eagled the hole, but his second shot ended up in the rough atop a greenside bunker. From an awkward stance, Noren could only flop to about 20 feet. Aside from a second-round 75, Noren fired three sub-68 rounds and hasn’t finish worse than T-21 in three PGA Tour starts this year (he lost in a playoff at the Farmers). Tommy Fleetwood held the lead on the back nine before bogeys at Nos. 14 and 15. He birdied the last to shoot 1-under 69, but it was only good enough to get him to 6 under. Still, Fleetwood has five top-6 finishes in his last six starts.

SHOT OF THE DAY: It didn’t win him the golf tournament, but this shot by Fleetwood at No. 8 was mighty impressive.

QUOTABLE: “It was another level of difficulty, not only the amount of people that I was trying to beat but this golf course in itself and Luke was playing unbelievable on that back nine. It was a helluva battle out there.” _ Thomas

SHORT SHOTS: Tiger Woods capped his tournament with an even-par 70 to finish at even par for the week. His 12th-place finish is his best on Tour since a T-10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. … Woods’ playing competitor, 21-year-old Sam Burns, who was playing on a sponsor exemption, earned himself a spot in the Valspar Championship in two weeks with his T-8 finish. Burns shot 2-under 68 with no bogeys in the final round to end up 2 under for the week. … Adam Scott, who won the 2016 Honda, fired weekend rounds of 67-69 to finish T-13.

UP NEXT: From sea level to the high altitude of Mexico City, the PGA Tour heads to Club de Golf Chapultepec for the WGC-Mexico Championship. Follow all the action on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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