Justin Thomas holds the trophy after winning the Sony Open golf tournament.
Justin Thomas holds the trophy after winning the Sony Open golf tournament. Marco Garcia

Thomas breaks record in second straight success

GOLF: American Justin Thomas has rounded off a remarkable fortnight in Hawaii, winning his second straight tournament.

Thomas, who fired a 59 in the first round, shot a five-under-par 65 in round four at Waialae Country Club for a record-breaking 27-under total of 253 at the Sony Open.

It was his fourth PGA Tour title, his second in a row and his third of the season.

Thomas won by seven strokes from England's Justin Rose and fellow American Jordan Spieth, who fired a final-round 63.

The 23-year-old's aggregate for 72 holes eclipsed the previous PGA Tour low of 254, set by Tommy Armour III at the 2003 Texas Open.

"That's awesome,” Thomas, 23, told Golf Channel after becoming the first player since Ernie Els in 2003 to win back-to-back titles in Hawaii during the same season.

"I remember someone saying in a press conference that I needed 10-under on the weekend (for the PGA Tour low) so I told (caddie) Jimmy (Johnson) with two holes left we need to get one of these last two.

"It's been an unbelievable week, unforgettable.”



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