Three weeks ago, Justin Thomas let the Workday Charity Open slip through his fingers. He had drained an eagle on the 15th hole and his 13th career PGA Tour victory seemed to be his destiny.
But Collin Morikawa got the best of him in a playoff and Thomas would have to wait.
On Sunday, after a bogey on 12 which forged a five-way tie atop the leaderboard, Thomas settled in, parring the next two holes before posting back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 while Brooks Koepka bogeyed the 16th. That swing in momentum gave Thomas a two-shot lead as he stepped on the tee box at 18.
Koepka kept battling, though, and made it a one-shot deficit after he drained a 39 foot putt from the fringe for a birdie on 17 to get back to 12 under.
But on 18, after Koepka put his tee shot in the water, Thomas calmy made par, becoming the third youngest to reach 13 wins in last 60 years, behind his good buddy Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
Thomas is the first three-time winner on Tour this season. He also won the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
He returns to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, unseating Jon Rahm, who held the spot all of two weeks after he won the Memorial.