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