Thomas closes with 65: 'Top of the leaderboard is nice'


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Justin Thomas is a winner this season on the PGA Tour, pulling off his breakthough at the CIMB Classic last November, but that doesn’t mean things have gone the way he had hoped.

“I felt like I had nothing to show for how I was playing and it's nice to finally have a result that's somewhat up near the top of the leaderboard to show,” said Thomas following his closing 65 at The Players that vaulted him into the top 5. “Just to be up at the top of the leaderboard is nice.”

Thomas, who began the final round at TPC Sawgrass outside the top 20, birdied his first two holes on Sunday and turned at 4 under for the day.

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He added four more birdies, including an 8-footer at the last hole, to move to 10 under par for the week and was tied for second place, three strokes behind Jason Day, when he completed his round.

Despite his solid finish, Thomas said he never really felt like he could win, but it was still an encouraging sign after a series of lackluster starts.

Thomas hasn’t posted a top-10 on the PGA Tour since the Honda Classic in February and missed the cut last week at the Wells Fargo Championship.