After holding on for a curler coaster of a playoff victory on the Sentry Event of Champions, Justin Thomas chalked it as much as destiny.
“For some cause I used to be purported to win this week,” mentioned Thomas, who birdied the third playoff gap Sunday night at Kapalua after a day stuffed with nice photographs and not-so-great photographs. “I acquired very fortunate to even have that putt.”
Xander Schauffele, one of many two gamers (together with Patrick Reed) whom Thomas beat within the playoff, would seemingly agree. The defending champion, Schauffele couldn’t assist however really feel like he gave away the event.
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Main Thomas by a shot coming into the day, Schauffele stretched his benefit to 2 photographs by means of seven holes. However a three-putt bogey from 68 toes on the par-Three eighth erased that lead. Ten holes later, Schauffele hit the par-5 18th inexperienced in two photographs earlier than three-putting from 35 toes, lacking a 7-foot birdie putt that will’ve averted a playoff and given Schauffele his second straight title to open a brand new 12 months.
Lastly, a 3rd three-putt, this one from 102 toes on the primary further gap, eradicated Schauffele from the playoff after he missed a 23-footer for par.
“I ought to’ve received the event,” Schauffele mentioned. “I do know it. Everybody is aware of it.”