Justin Thomas came through a final-day battle with Danny Lee to register a two-shot victory at the CJ Cup in South Korea.

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Thomas posted a five-under 67 at Nine Bridges to end the week on 20 under and win the event for the second time in three years, while Lee’s final-round 69 saw the New Zealander claim second.

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Three birdies in the last four holes lifted Hideki Matsuyama into a share of third alongside Cameron Smith and Gary Woodland, while Tyrrell Hatton finished seven strokes back in tied-sixth with home favourite Byeong Hun An.

“Other than that bogey on 17, I really feel like I did everything I needed to do to win the tournament today,” Thomas said. “It’s very reassuring knowing that I could hit those shots when I needed to the entire day when I felt like the heat was on the whole day.”

 Thomas played alongside Lee on the final day  Thomas played alongside Lee on the final day Thomas played alongside Lee on the final day

Thomas started the day in a share of the lead but moved ahead with two birdies in his opening three holes, before a two-shot swing at the fourth saw Lee pick up a shot to move into the share of the lead.

Lee briefly held the outright advantage with a birdie at the seventh but Thomas bounced back with a birdie at the next, before the pair exchanged gains at the ninth to reach the turn tied for the lead.

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Both players posted a birdie-four at the 12th and Thomas added another at the 14th to move ahead, with the American’s lead doubling when Lee missed a 10-footer to save par at the 15th.