Justin Thomas Defends Title at CIMB Classic

Justin Thomas made it back-to-back titles at the CIMB Classic on Saturday, racking up eight birdies in the final round to win by three strokes.

In two trips to the CIMB Classic, Thomas has shot -26 and -23.

It’s great to win again here. It’s a place I’m comfortable with … Hopefully I will be able to come back next year,” said Thomas, who shot a 64 to match his first-day score.

Thomas trailed India’s Anirban Lahiri by four shots entering the final hole, but Lahiri combusted with a quadruple bogey on No. 3. He wound up finishing tied for third.

“I got unlucky with the tee shot and just compounded my errors. My short game again, coming up a little bit to bite me,” said Lahiri, the 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner.

Thew in made Thomas $1.26 million richer and earned him 500 FedEx  Cup points. He bookended his performance with 64s on the first and final days fo the competition, and was above 70 just once – a 71 on Saturday.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama wound up second, shooting a 20-under 268. After being off for most of the calendar year, Ian Poulter returned to finish tied for 17th, shooting a 71-69-69-67 – 276, good for 12-under, tied with Ryan Moore and Sergio Garcia.