Justin Thomas managed to win this eight PGA Tour when he won the Honda Classic in Florida on Sunday. It took a playoff to decide the winner, with Luke List pushing fellow American Thomas all the way after they were tied on eight under par after four rounds.
In the end it was the 2017 PGA Championship winner who reigned supreme as he secured victory and his eighth tour win after the first extra hole.
It was actually List who was in charge of proceedings as they headed into the final round. He looked to have things in control and was on course to secure his first ever win on the PGA Tour before disaster struck. List hit back-to-back bogeys on the third and fourth and this saw him lose the lead, falling back into the chasing pack.
It was going to take an almighty effort by List, especially mentally, to somehow recover and find his feet again. He did just that though on the back nine as he went and hit three birdies. That included one on the last hole and it was this turnaround which saw him force a playoff with Thomas.
24 year old Justin Thomas made it to the playoff by carding a two under 68, while also hitting a birdie on the final hole just like List. The playoff saw both Thomas and List doing battle on the par-five 18th, which was their 73rd hole of the tournament itself. Both men needed to get off to a good start and it was Thomas who opened the better by finding the green with his second shot.
List however could only manage to drive his tee shot into the rough on the right hand side, before he saw his second shot cannon off of the spectator stand adjacent to the green. He did manage to recover after a horrendous start however by pitching onto the green and two putting to make par but Thomas was in a class of his own in the play off. He made two putts to score a birdie and this saw him win his maiden Honda Classic and his eight tour win.
Elsewhere, England’s Tommy Fleetwood impressed as he managed to finish 4th on six under par. This came after a one under par 69 final round. Tiger Woods also made an appearance at the Honda Classic too, with many watching on eagerly to see just how well the fourteen time major winner would do in the tournament. Tiger managed to finish level on par in the end, placing 12th in the standings.
Many also hoped they would see Rory McIlroy finally rediscover his Midas touch at the Honda Classic. The current world number 10 was two under on his round with only a couple of holes to go but after hitting a seven at the 17th, a par three, it saw him drop to two over par to leave him finishing on 9 over for the tournament.