Justin Thomas edges Reed and Schauffele in Hawaii play-off

American survives final hole ‘disaster’ to take Sentry Tournament of Champions

Justin Thomas celebrates after his victory in Hawaii. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

Justin Thomas celebrates after his victory in Hawaii. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty

 

Justin Thomas survived a “disaster” at the 72nd hole before beating Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele in a three-way play-off at the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in windswept Hawaii on Sunday.

Thomas clinched victory with a three-foot birdie at the third extra hole, the par-five 18th, at the Kapalua Plantation course on Maui.

Schauffele was eliminated at the first hole of sudden death while Reed fell two holes later as the 26-year-old Thomas earned his 12th PGA Tour victory.

He had one hand on the trophy with a one-shot lead playing the final hole of regulation but hooked his three-wood second shot into a penalty area and could not find his ball in the waist-high tropical grass.

He made a bogey for a four-under-par 69, while Schauffele had a three-putt par, missing a seven-footer for the win, and carded 70.

They fell into a playoff with Reed, who earlier shot 66, at 14-under 278.

“For some reason I was supposed to win this week,” Thomas said in a greenside interview after sinking his winning putt in semi-darkness.

“I got very, very lucky to even have that putt. I got very fortunate, but I also stuck to my process and tried to stay positive.

Patrick Reed congratulates Justin Thomas after his play-off victory. Photograph: Harry How/Getty
Patrick Reed congratulates Justin Thomas after his play-off victory. Photograph: Harry How/Getty

“Through 15 holes it was one of the best rounds I’ve ever played. I was in such control, tee to green, putting beautiful, my irons were awesome and then 18 was a disaster. It worked out so I can’t complain.”

Reed three-putted the second extra hole from the fringe and then missed an eight-foot birdie at the third play-off hole, his mood hardly helped when a spectator screamed “cheater” as his ball slid by the hole.

Reed has been in the spotlight since being hit with a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in a waste bunker during last month’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Schauffele, who had been on the verge of successfully defending his title, said: “I should have won it.

“I know it, everyone knows it. I should have closed it out and didn’t.

“I kind of did everything I was supposed to until the last moment.

“I know I’m good enough to hang with the best. I just need to be a little smarter when the time is right and I would have closed it out.”

Collated final round scores & totals in the Sentry Tournament of Champions

(USA unless stated, par 73):

278 Justin Thomas (USA) 67 73 69 69 (Thomas won play-off at third hole), Xander Schauffele (USA) 69 68 71 70, Patrick Reed (USA) 72 66 74 66

281 Patrick Cantlay (USA) 69 71 73 68

282 Joaquin Niemann (Chi) 66 72 74 70, Rickie Fowler (USA) 68 71 74 69

283 Dustin Johnson (USA) 72 71 71 69, Gary Woodland (USA) 73 69 69 72, Collin Morikawa (USA) 71 71 70 71

284 Jon Rahm (Spa) 69 73 70 72

285 Matthew Wolff (USA) 69 72 71 73, JT Poston (USA) 70 71 71 73

286 Lanto Griffin (USA) 71 71 72 72

288 Matt Kuchar (USA) 68 74 71 75, Kevin Kisner (USA) 72 72 68 76, Cameron Champ (USA) 73 74 69 72

289 Ryan Palmer (USA) 71 72 75 71, Sebastian Munoz (Col) 72 75 72 70

290 Paul Casey (Eng) 74 72 69 75, Nate Lashley (USA) 71 71 71 77, Tyler Duncan (USA) 69 78 68 75, Corey Conners (Can) 73 70 74 73

291 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 74 69 76 72, Adam Long (USA) 74 71 75 71

292 Max Homa (USA) 75 72 71 74, Sung Kang (Kor) 72 73 73 74

293 Jim Herman (USA) 73 73 69 78, Chez Reavie (USA) 74 71 73 75

294 Brendon Todd (USA) 71 74 74 75

296 J.B. Holmes (USA) 78 71 76 71

297 Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 72 77 73 75

302 Kevin Na (USA) 76 74 77 75, Keith Mitchell (USA) 76 72 73 81

310 Martin Trainer (USA) 74 77 77 82

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