Clutch Thomas wins, Tiger’s three-year best
JUSTIN Thomas has captured his eighth US PGA Tour title with a sudden-death playoff victory over Luke List at the Honda Classic in Florida.
Playing PGA National's par-5 18th as the first extra hole, Thomas went for the green with his second shot and two putted for birdie, while a forced lay-up from the trees saw List eventually settle for par.
In regulation, overnight leader List birdied the last hole to post a one-under-par 69 but was joined at eight under when Thomas birdied the final hole for a 68.
Sweden's Alex Noren finished solo third at seven under courtesy of his closing 67.
The win marks Thomas's sixth US Tour title since the start of 2017 and moves him up a spot to world No.3, ahead of childhood friend Jordan Spieth for the first time in his career.
Former world No.1 Tiger Woods signed off on the third event of his injury comeback from spinal fusion surgery with a solid even-par 70, finishing outright 12th at even par.
It was his best finish in an official PGA Tour event since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.
Wearing his famous red shirt and black trouser final-round attire, Woods raced out to three under and looked to be making a run but dropped three shots across the 15th and 16th holes.
"I feel very happy the way I played the entire week.; I really controlled my ball flight and hit the ball really," Woods said.
"Each and every (tournament), I'm getting better and developing a feel for my playing senses."
Meanwhile, Australians Adam Scott and Greg Chalmers earned their best finishes for the 2018 US season.
Scott made good on his goal to play the weekend rounds under par, following his Saturday 67 with a 69 on day four to finish at one over and tied for 13th.
Left-hander Chalmers signed off in style with a 67, sharing 17th at two over.