Fiery Thomas smashes record to capture title

WASHINGTON: Justin Thomas captured his 10th career US PGA title on Sunday, holding off fellow American Patrick Cantlay down the back nine to win the BMW Championship in record-smashing fashion.

The 2017 PGA Championship winner seized his first triumph since last year’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational, defeating Cantlay by three strokes, and claimed the top spot in the US PGA playoff point standings entering next week’s season-ending Tour Championship. “I was really nervous today,” said Thomas, who began the day with a six-stroke advantage. “It’s hard to play with the lead. I was enjoying it though. “I forgot how hard it is to win.

Justin Thomas of the United States celebrates with the Wadley Cup and the BMW Championship Trophy on Sunday. Photo: AFP

That’s why it has taken this long. I’ve been working hard to get back to it and it feels great.” Thomas fired a four-under par 68 to finish 72 holes at Medinah on 25-under 263, shattering the former mark of 23-under at the 116year-old event shared by American Dustin Johnson and Australian Marc Leishman.

Thomas birdied four of the last eight holes at the suburban Chicago layout to fend off Cantlay, who closed with birdies on four of the last six holes and nine birdies in all. “ I j u s t stayed patient,” Thomas said. Patrick made that very interesting. “I hit the ball so bad to start the day. I couldn’t hit a fairway. That was a hard start.” – AFP