Thomas learns from mistakes to win WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Ross Houston
August 5, 2020

Koepka has a knack for summoning his best golf in crucial moments, and he did that again Sunday, holing a 40-foot birdie putt from the fringe on 17 to pull back within a shot before a calamitous double-bogey on the final hole after driving into the water.

Justin Thomas holds the trophy after winning the World Golf Championship-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn.

"I got unbelievably lucky", Thomas said.

Jude Invitational after a tremendous final round at TPC Southwind, which also sees him move to world number one.

"I feel like he knows enough about my game to where he can contribute and be a help, and he was", Thomas said about Mackay.

It was only a couple neighbors yelling, 'Roll Tide!' when Justin Thomas, the leader at 13-under par, walked down the fairway. Since 1960, the only golfers to reach 13 wins at a younger age than the 27-year-old Thomas have been Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Although Koepka threw away his own chances to win, he will head to the US PGA Championship delighted with his form.

Koepka finished at 10-under, tied for second with Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis and Phil Mickelson.

He made amends for a dropped shot at the 13th with another birdie at the 15th but failed to repeat the trick as he missed a short birdie putt at the 16th.

The result means Jon Rahm's brief stint atop the world golf rankings is over, with the Spaniard (66) replaced by Thomas after languishing in a tie for 52nd ahead of the US PGA Championship, which starts in San Francisco on Thursday.

But Koepka sent his tee shot into the water and put his third into a greenside bunker, sealing the victory for Thomas.

Thomas and Koepka, the past two winners of this event, had separated themselves from the field at that point, but Thomas appeared to have the tournament in his pocket when Koepka's own pitch to the 16th rolled over the green.

Todd, who led by one overnight, tumbled down the leaderboard as he failed to make a birdie all day in a five-over 75 which took him back to seven under and into a tie for 15th.

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