WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational R4

Justin Thomas takes title

July 30 – August 02
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
$10,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


WGC-FedEx-St Jude Invitational R4 - Justin Thomas takes title
Justin Thomas held his nerve in Memphis (Mark Humphrey/AP)


Justin Thomas won the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational after a battle down the closing stretch with fellow major winner Brooks Koepka.


The American pair pulled clear on a previously crowded leaderboard on the back nine but it was the 2017 US PGA champion who triumphed with a five-under-par final round of 65 in Memphis.

That left him 13 under, three clear of the field for his third win of the season as four-time major winner Koepka double-bogeyed the last.



England’s Tom Lewis came up just short in his charge for a remarkable victory.

Maintaining the momentum after his stunning course record-equalling 61 at TPC Southwind on Saturday, the 29-year-old from Welwyn Garden City picked up five birdies on the front nine and at one point was in a five-way tie for the lead before twice dropping shots as Thomas and Koepka pulled clear.


Lewis, who opened his tournament with a three-over-par 73, began the day six strokes behind overnight leader Brendon Todd in a share of 10th place.

Yet while Todd started slowly with a run of seven pars before bogeying the eighth, Lewis powered on with four consecutive birdies from the third and another at the ninth.

Thomas, who had been four strokes back in fifth overnight, made his move with four birdies on the front nine to climb to 12 under and overtake Todd.



Koepka, who will bid to win a third successive US PGA Championship next week, kept himself firmly in the picture with birdies at the first and ninth and was 11 under after nine.

He briefly hit the front with a birdie at 13 after Thomas bogeyed 12, but made a costly bogey at 16 as Thomas produced back-to-back birdies.

Koepka’s superb birdie putt at the 17th set up a chance of a dramatic finish but he found water off the final tee, allowing Thomas to close out victory with a par.



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Phil Mickelson and Daniel Berger were also in the group at 10 under, while Open champion Shane Lowry and Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick finished a further shot back in a six-way tie for sixth.

South Korea’s Byeong-Hun An and American Rickie Fowler, second and third after Saturday’s play, fell back to eight and seven under respectively.

World number one Jon Rahm was well out of contention but carded a final-round 66 to move to one over. Tommy Fleetwood finished with a 65, his best round of the week, to finish under par on minus three.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Justin Thomas
-13
66
70
66
65
267
T2
Daniel Berger
-10
71
67
67
65
270
T2
Brooks Koepka
-10
62
71
68
69
270
T2
Tom Lewis
-10
73
70
61
66
270
T2
Phil Mickelson
-10
67
70
66
67
270
T6
Jason Day
-9
68
67
69
67
271
T6
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-9
70
64
69
68
271
T6
Shane Lowry
-9
68
69
67
67
271
T6
Louis Oosthuizen
-9
68
67
68
68
271
T6
Chez Reavie
-9
66
67
70
68
271
T6
Xander Schauffele
-9
68
70
67
66
271
T12
Byeong Hun An
-8
68
65
66
199
T12
Dustin Johnson
-8
69
68
68
67
272
T12
Webb Simpson
-8
69
66
69
68
272
T15
Abraham Ancer
-7
67
75
65
66
273
T15
Rickie Fowler
-7
64
67
69
73
273
T15
Ryan Palmer
-7
69
69
71
64
273
T15
Scottie Scheffler
-7
69
67
69
68
273
T15
Brendon Todd
-7
64
65
69
198
T20
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-6
71
69
64
70
274
T20
Joel Dahmen
-6
72
67
65
70
274
T20
Hideki Matsuyama
-6
68
71
67
68
274
T20
Collin Morikawa
-6
70
71
67
66
274
T20
Erik van Rooyen
-6
71
70
68
65
274
T25
Cameron Champ
-5
71
68
67
69
275
T25
Billy Horschel
-5
70
70
68
67
275
T25
Kevin Kisner
-5
70
68
72
65
275
T25
Matt Kuchar
-5
66
72
71
66
275
T25
Bubba Watson
-5
68
70
71
66
275
T30
Corey Conners
-4
72
68
66
70
276
T30
Bryson DeChambeau
-4
67
73
69
67
276
T30
Andrew Landry
-4
70
72
66
68
276
T30
J.T. Poston
-4
70
68
70
68
276
T30
Jordan Spieth
-4
68
69
68
71
276
T35
Patrick Cantlay
-3
73
72
65
67
277
T35
Tommy Fleetwood
-3
72
67
73
65
277
T35
Sergio Garcia
-3
67
71
68
71
277
T35
Sungjae Im
-3
67
68
69
73
277
T35
Graeme McDowell
-3
68
70
70
69
277
T35
Kevin Na
-3
72
64
74
67
277
T35
Henrik Stenson
-3
69
69
70
69
277
T35
Kevin Streelman
-3
71
66
71
69
277
T35
Nick Taylor
-3
69
70
67
71
277
T44
Mackenzie Hughes
-2
68
71
70
69
278
T44
Sung Kang
-2
65
69
72
72
278
T44
Jason Kokrak
-2
69
68
71
70
278
T47
Rory McIlroy
-1
73
66
73
67
279
T47
Patrick Reed
-1
71
69
69
70
279
T49
Tyler Duncan
E
74
70
66
70
280
T49
Lucas Herbert
E
71
73
69
67
280
T49
Matthew Wolff
E
69
74
65
72
280
T52
Keegan Bradley
1
68
70
70
73
281
T52
Max Homa
1
66
73
72
70
281
T52
Marc Leishman
1
70
69
69
73
281
T52
Joaquin Niemann
1
73
73
68
67
281
T52
Jon Rahm
1
70
74
71
66
281
T57
Michael Thompson
2
70
74
69
69
282
T57
Gary Woodland
2
71
69
73
69
282
T59
Viktor Hovland
3
67
75
72
69
283
T59
Jazz Janewattananond
3
75
71
68
69
283
T59
Matt Jones
3
71
72
69
71
283
T59
Robert MacIntyre
3
71
73
69
70
283
T59
Cameron Smith
3
72
72
71
68
283
T59
Matt Wallace
3
72
71
73
67
283
T65
Tony Finau
4
70
68
72
74
284
T65
Victor Perez
4
73
71
70
70
284
T67
Paul Casey
5
71
78
69
67
285
T67
Brandt Snedeker
5
73
71
72
69
285
T69
Tyrrell Hatton
7
72
69
73
73
287
T69
Ian Poulter
7
73
69
72
73
287
T69
Danny Willett
7
69
70
74
74
287
T72
Adam Hadwin
8
73
71
75
69
288
T72
Cheng Tsung Pan
8
72
74
70
72
288
74
Bernd Wiesberger
9
71
73
75
70
289
T75
Haotong Li
10
68
73
74
75
290
T75
Shaun Norris
10
73
76
72
69
290
77
Sebastian Soderberg
11
72
71
75
73
291
78
Rafa Cabrera Bello
15
73
74
76
72
295