Justin Thomas wins in Firestone's WGC finale

Justin Thomas wins in Firestone's WGC finale

Winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday had put Justin Thomas in a "great place mentally", with the timing ideal as he gears up to defend the PGA Championship title.

The final World Golf Championship at Firestone lacked drama on Sunday.

Woods, playing a Firestone course where he has eight victories for the final time in the tournament's history - this will be the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., next season - shot a three-over 73 on Sunday in Akron, Ohio.

Marc Leishman carded a 67 to sit a shot back of fellow Australian Day, in a tie for fifth, and is also confident of making a final-round charge. He got an unlucky break at the first hole when his approach shot hit the flagstick and clattered off the green, which set the tone for a 74 that left him seven shots back.

Thomas moved away from the pack with 5 birdies in the middle of his round from holes 6 through 14.

Kenny Perry won the 3M Championship one last time, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the PGA Tour Champions event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour's 3M Open. That made his steady play all the more meaningful for him.

"Just didn't quite hit the putts hard enough today, but when I did, I made them".

"It's great we keep getting in position", he said.

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"I just have to work on my driver a little bit because it has been quite decent for most of the year, but this week it wasn't". I never have gotten like that on the golf course before.

Thomas' ninth title on the PGA Tour will bank him a cool $US1.7 million cheque and will move him up one spot on the world rankings.

The world's top players make the trip to the four WGC tournaments each year with a big payout on the line and a good-sized check just for showing up. "I think it's going to be great prep for next week as well, so I'll obviously be fully engaged to try to win this tournament but knowing that if I play well tomorrow, it puts me in the right frame of mind going into next week as well (for USPGA Championship)".

His grandparents, Paul and Phyllis Thomas, watched him win for the first time on the PGA Tour.

"Oh, man, I'm going to miss this place, " he said.

The 14-time Major champion hit only seven of 14 fairways in regulation and 13 of 18 greens and blamed his underwhelming round on struggling to adjust to the pace of the greens.

Bridgestone shifted its title sponsorship to the PGA Tour Champions, which will bring its Senior Players Championship to Firestone next year.

"I only putted well the first day". Ian Poulter (70) also was three back.

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