Justin Thomas won his first PGA Tour title at age 22, taking the CIMB Classic with a 6-foot par putt on the 72nd hole. Thomas, who just completed his rookie year on Tour, beat Adam Scott by one shot, posting a four-round total of 26-under-par 262 – a tournament record – at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.
Who didn’t win
Scott shot 63 in the final round using his new claw grip on a conventional-length putter but came up one short. Brendan Steele tied for third at 24 under with a final-round 68. He was joined there by Kevin Na, who lipped out putts at the 16th and 17th in his Sunday 67. Na has been knocking on the door in this beginning to the 2015-16 season. He lost in a playoff at the Frys.com Open and finished T2 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama was fifth at 22 under.
How it happened
Thomas took the 36-hole lead with a course-record, second-round 61 to post two rounds at 15-under 129, one shot ahead of Steele. Thomas shot 67 in the third round, bettered by one by Steele and the two were tied heading into the fourth round. Thomas had control of the tournament until he chunked a wedge second shot into the water at the short par-4 14th, which led to a double bogey. He then made consecutive birdies at the 15th, 16th and 17th to retake the lead on Scott by one. Scott made seven birdies and an eagle for his 63, including a birdie at the 18th. “I threw everything I could at it today,” Scott said. “I’m playing well, and that’s nice, because I haven’t played that well for a while.”