Justin Thomas Wins 2018 PGA Tour Honda Classic
Justin Thomas won the 2018 Honda Classic in thrilling fashion. Sinking a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Luke List, Thomas delivered another birdie on the same hole for his second victory of the 2018 PGA Tour season. Thomas’s other win this season (the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in October 2017) also ended in a playoff, with Thomas defeating Marc Leishman.
Following the Honda Classic win, Justin Thomas now leads the PGA Tour money list ($3,419,800) and FedEx Cup, and trails only Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm in the Top 100.
Adding to his 7 previous PGA Tour victories, including 6 others in the last two seasons, Thomas become only the third player in the last 30 years with 8 or more victories before the age of 25 (Tiger Woods [24,] Jordan Spieth [11.])
Thomas made waves at the 2017 Honda Classic when he joined tournament winner Rickie Fowler in a victory celebration. Fowler returned the favor Sunday, a gesture that would have been the feel good moment of the tournament had it not been for one glaring exception, the return of Tiger Woods to the Top 400.
Woods finished with an even-par 280, strong enough for a 12th place finish. Aside from a drive striking a goose, the highlight of Tiger’s weekend was leading the field in Proximity to Hole (29 feet, 3 inches.)
With his play at the Honda Classic, Tiger now ranks 4th on the season in club head speed with an average 122.13 mph. Tiger also now sits inside the top 30 in average driving distance, with 306.3 ft. placing him 29 on the season. Honda Classic winner Justin Thomas ranks 30th in 2018 average club head speed at 117.83 mph, but sits 8th in average driving distance at 314.6 ft.
While 2017 Honda Classic winner Rickie Fowler joined Thomas in celebrating his victory, his 2018 season has seen a drastic decline in the length of his average drive, falling from 300.3 ft. in 2017 to 294.1 ft. in 2018, resulting in a drop in ranking from 41 to 118. Despite this, Fowler has risen 16 positions in average club head speed, seeing a rise from 115.12 in 2017 to 115.82 this year.
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