European/PGA Tours

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

August 02-05

Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio

$10,000,000

August 02-05

Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio

$7,000,000

Round 4

Thomas cruises to WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title

August 05, 2018

World Number Two Justin Thomas cruised to his maiden World Golf Championship title with a commanding four-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Thomas cruises to WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title, © Getty Images

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“I've been knocking on the door this year between Mexico and the Match Play. I felt like I was very close and it was kind of one of the few things left that I felt I needed to knock off or felt that would have been nice to add to the resume, for sure. To win on a golf course like this, a championship golf course and always against a very tough field, it just felt great. I really, really played well all week."

As Firestone Country Club - playing host to this tournament for the final time before it moves to Memphis next year - made life difficult for the world's best players on day four, overnight leader Thomas kept out of trouble, carding two birdies and a single bogey to get to 15 under par and secure a comfortable victory.

“It was pretty special. I can't really put it into words, honestly. When I had my putt, I kind of marked it and I turned around and I just happened to see my parents, saw my grandma and grandpa and I just got a huge knot in my throat and I just had to put my head down. I never have gotten like that on the golf course before. You just don't know if they're ever going to see me win if I don't win here, so it was pretty cool to get it done."

“I'm just in a great place mentally right now, I just was so patient and calm all week. I mean, I think I made six bogeys all week, something like that, which is pretty good around this place as many birdies as I feel like I make. Kind of had a little bit of a loose day yesterday, I felt like, with the amount of bogeys I made, but I played really well. I drove the ball well."

Thomas, who will defend his US PGA Championship title at Bellerive Country Club next week, was the only man in the final two groups to break par on Sunday with a closing 69 - his fourth straight round in the sixties this week. He now joins Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only players to win a Major Championship, a World Golf Championship and nine Tour victories before their 26th birthday.

American Kyle Stanley finished alone in second place on 11 under after mixing five birdies with three bogeys, one stroke clear of Dane Thorbjørn Olesen, who produced his joint-lowest WGC round on a tough scoring day, and World Number One Dustin Johnson after they closed with matching 64s.

“I didn't get off to the best start making a bogey on two," said Stanley, "but other than that, I just thought this week I just did a really nice job of hanging in there. Friday through to today, I was pretty uncomfortable on the greens, I couldn't get the speed down, missed a few shorties, but from tee to green I'm not sure I really could have done much better. All in all, I think there's a lot to build on.”

US Open Champion Brooks Koepka was another shot back in fifth, one ahead of four-time Major winner McIlroy, India's Anirban Lahiri, and American pair Aaron Wise and Patrick Cantlay.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Justin Thomas
USA
-15
65
64
67
69
265
2
Kyle Stanley
USA
-11
63
68
70
68
269
T3
Dustin Johnson
USA
-10
69
71
66
64
270
T3
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-10
71
67
68
64
270
5
Brooks Koepka
USA
-9
66
70
68
67
271
T6
Aaron Wise
USA
-8
67
71
67
67
272
T6
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-8
65
70
69
68
272
T6
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-8
64
72
68
68
272
T6
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
65
67
67
73
272
T10
Ian Poulter
ENG
-7
62
67
70
74
273
T10
Jason Day
AUS
-7
65
66
69
73
273
T10
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-7
64
68
72
69
273
T10
Tony Finau
USA
-7
68
66
71
68
273
T14
Marc Leishman
AUS
-6
65
69
67
73
274
T14
Matt Kuchar
USA
-6
68
70
67
69
274
T14
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-6
66
63
74
71
274
T17
Gary Woodland
USA
-5
67
71
69
68
275
T17
Jon Rahm
ESP
-5
64
70
68
73
275
T17
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
68
67
69
71
275
T17
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
63
74
65
73
275
T17
Ross Fisher
ENG
-5
67
68
71
69
275
T17
Zach Johnson
USA
-5
69
70
67
69
275
23
Cameron Smith
AUS
-4
70
70
69
67
276
T24
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-3
68
66
69
74
277
T24
Luke List
USA
-3
65
68
71
73
277
T24
Phil Mickelson
USA
-3
66
69
72
70
277
T24
Webb Simpson
USA
-3
69
65
71
72
277
T28
Patrick Reed
USA
-2
66
70
70
72
278
T28
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
68
67
72
71
278
30
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-1
75
69
68
67
279
T31
Alexander Noren
SWE
Par
70
73
66
71
280
T31
Bubba Watson
USA
Par
71
69
67
73
280
T31
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
71
72
74
63
280
T31
Kevin Na
USA
Par
65
72
70
73
280
T31
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
Par
70
70
69
71
280
T31
Patton Kizzire
USA
Par
68
67
74
71
280
T31
Paul Casey
ENG
Par
68
71
71
70
280
T31
Tiger Woods
USA
Par
66
68
73
73
280
T39
Francesco Molinari
ITA
1
70
72
70
69
281
T39
Haotong Li
CHN
1
66
67
72
76
281
T39
Henrik Stenson
SWE
1
70
69
69
73
281
T39
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
1
67
72
70
72
281
T39
Kevin Chappell
USA
1
71
72
68
70
281
T39
Kevin Kisner
USA
1
74
68
68
71
281
T39
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
1
68
71
71
71
281
T39
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
70
69
67
75
281
T39
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
69
71
68
73
281
T48
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
69
71
71
71
282
T48
Daniel Berger
USA
2
67
71
71
73
282
T48
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
66
70
73
73
282
T48
Russell Knox
SCO
2
67
70
73
72
282
T48
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
2
70
66
75
71
282
T53
Austin Cook
USA
3
73
69
71
70
283
T53
Brandon Stone
RSA
3
71
74
66
72
283
T53
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
69
70
73
71
283
T53
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
3
70
75
70
68
283
T57
Adam Scott
AUS
4
68
75
67
74
284
T57
Andrew Landry
USA
4
70
67
74
73
284
T57
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
4
68
72
75
69
284
T60
Brendan Steele
USA
5
73
69
70
73
285
T60
Jordan Spieth
USA
5
71
72
68
74
285
62
Brian Harman
USA
6
71
68
72
75
286
T63
Branden Grace
RSA
7
73
74
71
69
287
T63
Pat Perez
USA
7
68
70
73
76
287
T63
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
7
73
69
71
74
287
T66
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
8
72
70
68
78
288
T66
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
71
68
75
74
288
68
Xander Schauffele
USA
12
69
73
72
78
292
T69
Kodai Ichihara
JPN
13
73
74
78
68
293
T69
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
13
72
79
72
70
293
71
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
23
68
79
77
79
303
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
Justin Thomas
-15
265
2
Kyle Stanley
-11
269
T3
Dustin Johnson
-10
270
T3
Thorbjorn Olesen
-10
270
5
Brooks Koepka
-9
271
T6
Aaron Wise
-8
272
T6
Anirban Lahiri
-8
272
T6
Patrick Cantlay
-8
272
T6
Rory McIlroy
-8
272
T10
Ian Poulter
-7
273
T10
Jason Day
-7
273
T10
Si-Woo Kim
-7
273
T10
Tony Finau
-7
273
T14
Marc Leishman
-6
274
T14
Matt Kuchar
-6
274
T14
Tommy Fleetwood
-6
274
T17
Gary Woodland
-5
275
T17
Jon Rahm
-5
275
T17
Rafael Cabrera Bello
-5
275
T17
Rickie Fowler
-5
275
T17
Ross Fisher
-5
275
T17
Zach Johnson
-5
275
23
Cameron Smith
-4
276
T24
Louis Oosthuizen
-3
277
T24
Luke List
-3
277
T24
Phil Mickelson
-3
277
T24
Webb Simpson
-3
277
T28
Patrick Reed
-2
278
T28
Tyrrell Hatton
-2
278
30
Bryson DeChambeau
-1
279
T31
Alexander Noren
Par
280
T31
Bubba Watson
Par
280
T31
Charl Schwartzel
Par
280
T31
Kevin Na
Par
280
T31
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Par
280
T31
Patton Kizzire
Par
280
T31
Paul Casey
Par
280
T31
Tiger Woods
Par
280
T39
Francesco Molinari
1
281
T39
Haotong Li
1
281
T39
Henrik Stenson
1
281
T39
Hideki Matsuyama
1
281
T39
Kevin Chappell
1
281
T39
Kevin Kisner
1
281
T39
Ryuko Tokimatsu
1
281
T39
Sergio Garcia
1
281
T39
Wade Ormsby
1
281
T48
Alexander Bjoerk
2
282
T48
Daniel Berger
2
282
T48
Matthew Fitzpatrick
2
282
T48
Russell Knox
2
282
T48
Ted Potter Jr.
2
282
T53
Austin Cook
3
283
T53
Brandon Stone
3
283
T53
Charley Hoffman
3
283
T53
Jhonattan Vegas
3
283
T57
Adam Scott
4
284
T57
Andrew Landry
4
284
T57
Byeong-Hun An
4
284
T60
Brendan Steele
5
285
T60
Jordan Spieth
5
285
62
Brian Harman
6
286
T63
Branden Grace
7
287
T63
Pat Perez
7
287
T63
Satoshi Kodaira
7
287
T66
Emiliano Grillo
8
288
T66
Paul Dunne
8
288
68
Xander Schauffele
12
292
T69
Kodai Ichihara
13
293
T69
Shubhankar Sharma
13
293
71
Jaco Ahlers
23
303