Golf: Thomas rules in Boston

Justin Thomas held off the competition as he shot a closing round of 66 to claim a three shot victory at TPC Boston.

Thomas had started the day tied for the lead as a flawless round of 63 on Sunday put the American tied with Australian Marc Leishman. But it was Thomas’ friend Jordan Spieth who started the strongest as he finished the front nine with only 30.

However, both Spieth and Leishman would falter down the last few holes which left the door open for Thomas who took full advantage.

Thomas had dug deep to stay in contact with Spieth and Leishman in the early stages.  He calmed his nerves as he birdied the second and then got his drive to the short par-four fourth to skip through the front bunker to the fringe, from where he holed from 30 feet for an eagle.

Rivals falter

With Spieth and Leishman both faltering down the stretch, the 24-year-old pounced and set up a birdie at 13 with a superb second to seven feet and would also birdie the 15th to open up a two-stroke advantage. Thomas then parred the last three holes to seal a convincing three shot victory.

Jordan Spieth was left to rue an erratic back-nine as he failed to build on his electrifying start which saw him five under par through only four holes.

This was also the case for Australian Marc Leishman.  He had cruised to 18 under with his sixth birdie of a sensational front half at the ninth. But the Australian would play himself out of contention on the back nine as he bogeyed the next and three-putted the 11th green before dropping his third shot in a row when he failed to get up and down at the 12th.

The 33-year-old also bogeyed 17 and 18 to stutter home in 40, although his 70 was enough to secure outright third on 13 under, ahead of halfway leader Jon Rahm (68) and Paul Casey. The Englishman had recovered from three bogeys in five holes with birdies at 16 and 17 to salvage a 70.

The win was the fifth of the year for Thomas who also jumped up to second in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Only his friend Spieth sits above him as the conclusion of the playoffs draw nearer.

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