Justin Thomas' Keys to Victory at the CIMB Classic
22-year-old Justin Thomas won the CIMB Classic on Sunday in Malaysia to earn his first PGA Tour victory. Thomas set a tournament record with his 26-under score of 262.
Thomas topped the field with 30 birdies through four rounds, a feat accomplished by just 8 other players since 1997. He made at least one birdie on 17 of the 18 holes, missing on only the par-4 second, where he made four straight pars.
Thomas carded just 104 putts on route to his course-record setting 26-under, 262, including 36 one-putts and zero three putts.
Going back to the first round of last season’s John Deere Classic, Thomas has posted a cumulative score of 97-under par in his last nine tournaments. The streak includes four top-5 finishes, total earnings of $1.8 million and has propelled Thomas from 99th in the World Rankings to No. 30 today. That ranking not only gets him a guaranteed start in this season’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Players Championship, but also the Masters and the PGA.
23 years, 6 months
The average age of the first three winners -- Emiliano Grillo, Smylie Kaufman and Justin Thomas -- of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season, marking the second year in a row (following Sang-Moon Blue, Ben Martin & Robert Streb last season) and just the fifth time since 1970 that the first three winners were in their 20s.
That’s the number that Thomas and runner-up Adam Scott posted on the back nine on Sunday, a mark third-place finisher Kevin Na couldn’t match, resulting in the third straight tournament that’s seen Na fall off the pace over the closing holes.