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As the third World Golf Championship event came to a close today, we said goodbye to the WGC Bridgestone we all know. This was the last time the competition will be played at the world-renowned Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, and the event is scheduled to move to Memphis, Tennesee in 2019. And while the ending to the event may not as been as dramatic as the Women’s British Open, it had a coronation feeling from the first tee onwards.
But first, as we close the Bridgestone, we also close on of the most amazing stories in golf: Tiger Woods winning this tournament 8 times. This was where Tiger had the shot in the dark, and where he was able to make a course bend to his will. Now 42, Tiger closed out the 18th in a fitting way: with a birdie.
While Tiger did not have the Sunday he hoped for, Dustin Johnson had himself a DAY. DJ closed out the front 9 with an amazing 6 under, including birdies on the first 4 holes.
DJ would end up shooting a 64 on the day, finishing T3. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, especially the leaders coming into today, the day did not go well. Rory, Ian Poulter (hahaha), Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio, Speith, and Rickie all Lived Over Par today, with many of them shooting above 2 over. Rory especially looked lost, and unfortunately had a few unlucky putts.
That’s just something you can’t come back from. In the end, Rory fell to T6 with a 73 on the day.
Which finally brings us to the man of the day, Justin Thomas. To be honest, JT didn’t have to play all that well today, as the rest of the field fell back for most of the day. He was able to play his game and play consistent, making some greats putts when he needed to.
WIth JT being able to do what he needed to do, it was great to see him come up the 18th and greet his family. Not only was his father (a former PGA Tour player) and his mother there to share in this accomplishment, but his grandmother and grandfather (also a former PGA Tour player) were able to share in the sweet, sweet taste of WGC victory with their grandson.
With this victory, JT not only got his third victory of the year, but his 9th PGA Tour win overall. Even more important, he officially clinched a spot on this year’s Ryder Cup team, where he will compete in the famed event for the first time. This will be a great thing for the youngster, as he will join his fellow Spring Break Boys members Jordan Speith and Rickie Fowler in their quest to defend their title.
Speaking of defending titles, Justin Thomas will try to do that exact thing this upcoming week at the PGA Championship in Bellerive. Follow Duffin’ Up all week to see if JT will have the same magic he had this week to bring home the final major of the year!