Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Thomas doesn't break sweat in winning finale at Firestone

Thomas doesn't break sweat in winning finale at Firestone

Putnam earned $$612,000, a two-year tour exemption and a spot next week in the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. "I mean, it feels like I haven't won in forever".

But, at day's end, both he and Woods were within striking distance at the World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio.

While there was some emotion involved, Thomas might also step back for some perspective.

Thomas could not have asked for a better week.

"With a three-shot lead, obviously I knew I needed to play well but you kind of have a little bit of wiggle room and you feel like you play maybe a little too conservative".

"I'm in a great place mentally right now".

World number three Thomas has won eight times on the PGA Tour, but is still after his first World Golf Championships title.

But after finishing his round with a bogey, 14-time major victor Woods settled at four under with his round of 66 handing group honours to Day.

Adding to the emotion of 25-year-old Thomas' victory was the joy of having his grandparents, Paul and Phyllis Thomas, in the gallery.

It was a lot more hard, a lot firmer and I didn't quite hit it as well today but we just had such control of everything. "One of the primary reasons it's been a success is because of an exceptional golf course. He's just letting his potential go through now".

The 2014 champion was in danger of missing out on a top-10 finish when he found more sand at the 15th and carded his fifth bogey of the round, although he did raise a smile when he launched a 420-yard drive down the 16th and completed a good pitch and putt for a consolation birdie.

"I got a little choked up when I saw grandma and grandpa over there", Thomas said. That's what I'm out here for.

"I think it's one of the favorites for a lot of the tournament players". It was a stark departure from his first two rounds, which he finished combined in 6 under. They live near each other in South Florida and said they spent last weekend practicing together at The Bear's Club.

As it turned out, they were grouped in the final pairing Sunday, with McIlroy unable to make a charge and settling for a tie for sixth.

"I'm fine", he said. Thomas had not finished better than a tie for 28th in his two previous appearances at Firestone.

"This is my first PGA Tour win with him here and it's really special".

"It was pretty special". I just had to put my head down.

Bhullar began the final day at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course with a one-shot lead but found himself trailing late in the day as the Australian Quayle came home in 29 and set the target at 13 under. I was just going to be aggressive and see what happens.

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