Thomas clings to win the Tournament of Champions in playoff

Los Angeles, January 6 (AFP) Justin Thomas missed the last hole in regulation, but remained to win the Champions Tournament in a tie on Sunday, beating Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele for his twelfth title in the PGA Tour de U.S.

The 26-year-old made a birdie in the third extra hole on the edge of Reed after defending champion Schauffele had been eliminated with a pair of three putts on the first playoff green.

The world's number four Thomas shot his third shot three feet from the pin in the 18th par five at the Plantation Field in Kapalua, Hawaii, to set up an easy birdie and saw how Reed missed his seven-foot putt to extend the playoff.

The three had finished 72 holes with a total of 14 under par of 278 after Thomas, who enjoyed a two-shot lead with three to play, bogeed two of the last three holes.

He fell back to 15 low in 16 before his second three-wood throw at 18 found the grass up to his thigh in a penalty area on his way to a ghost in a final round of 69 under four pairs.

Playmate Schauffele, the world number eight, reached the green in two, but missed a seven-foot birdie putt for victory, marking a par 70 under three.

Reed, in 11th place, was already at the clubhouse on 14th low after crowning a ghost-free seven-under 66 with a 20-foot birdie putt in the 72nd hole. Reed, the US Masters champion UU. In 2018, he had putts to win in each of the first two playoff holes, but he couldn't make the 30-foot and 12-foot efforts fall. (AFP) APA APA

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