What happened at the CJ Cup?

What exactly were you expecting? Justin Thomas notched up his first win of the new season, his fifth of the calendar year and, with it, moved to third in the world. He did it by beating Marc Leishman at the second extra hole after both players made spectacular birdies (see Best Shot) at the par-5 18th to edge out Cameron Smith by a shot.

Both parred the same hole at the first extra hole and then the Aussie hit a stinker of a fairway wood to let in Thomas who buttoned another approach to set up a tap-in, two-putt birdie.

The bulk of Thomas’ scoring in Korea was done with an opening 63, there then followed rounds of 74-70-72 as the conditions stiffened up. On Sunday he even had a double-bogey seven at the 3rd before gathering himself.


“I just kept telling myself it was a bad golf swing, it wasn’t a mental error or a wrong judgement that we made, it was just a bad golf swing at a pretty bad time,” Thomas said.

Talking point

  • Let’s try and put Justin Thomas’ last 10 weeks into some sort of perspective. Coming into the PGA Championship he was 14th in the world having missed three straight cuts in June/July. He then won his first major, he then beat Jordan Spieth by three in the Dell Technologies Championship which was part of the FedEx play-offs; he was second behind Xander Schauffele at the Tour Championship which gave him the FedEx Cup, he went 3-1-1 in the Presidents Cup mauling (on debut), he won the Player of the Year and now he’s won already in the new season.                                                                                               “I’m so excited to not do anything,” he said after the play-off which seems fair enough.
  • Something to cheer you up maybe. If you’ve had a disappointing weekend on the fairways (rough) then this might cheer you up. Ben An was going along nicely when he came to the short 13th. He then did this…

Shots of the week

This is basically a JT showreel..

Quote of the week

“I had a seven-hole stretch there where I sort of went unconscious” – Justin Thomas on his opening 63

Best dressed

What a lovely pair of trousers. Call them what you will; powder blue, baby blue, they’re a lovely shade and Kelly (Kraft) has kept things simple with just a grey zip top.

Kelly Kraft

Best/worst dressed?

I’m still a bit undecided by Morgan Hoffmann’s jacket/top here. The part of me that liked the Happy Mondays in 1988 and couldn’t care less what people wear on the course likes it a lot, the other part of me wouldn’t be seen dead in it. He’s got some sort of strange hieroglyphics going on here but, hey, it’s different.

Morgan Hoffmann

Worst dressed

I know what you’re thinking, what’s wrong with this from Paul Casey? Other than looking like something from Chariots of Fire or Aintree the only question I would ask is this – would you buy/wear this yourself? If the answer is yes then I apologise but it’s not, is it?

Paul Casey

Best tweets

Sometimes stating the bleeding obvious is the best way.

This isn’t necessarily relevant to events in South Korea but it’s a nice watch and he might be the coolest person on the planet. And he’s a golfer.

If you don’t follow Jason Sobel then you should.

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