Justin Thomas’ win at Bridgestone Invitational a family affair

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Tiger Woods hit 10 of 18 greens in regulation during his final round at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, finishing at even for the tournament.

Justin Thomas tried valiantly to have Jarrod Lyle's yellow bucket hats shipped to OH so the world's best golfers could wear them during the WGG-Bridgestone Invitational.

The bad news for Woods: His second-round 68 left him five shots back of co-leaders Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas and in a tie for 10th.

It was a coronation from there with Thomas making birdie at the 13th hole to extend his lead and closing his day with five stress-free pars for a 15-under total. There are a number of golfers - Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy among them - who could put their fingerprints on the trophy with a victory this week at Bellerive.

Thomas, who defends his PGA Championship title next week at the last major of the year, is rounding into form just at the right time. That made his steady play all the more meaningful for him.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Just played like crap", said Woods.

"It's great we keep getting in position", he said. After winning last year's Tour Championship he revealed a list that ranged from the predictable (win on Tour) to the amazingly detailed (finish the season ranked in the top 30 in scrambling).

"I just haven't really had the results or the score to (reflect) it".

"It's a great opportunity to test what I've been trying to work on this week, test it under the gun on a Sunday when you have a chance to win. I felt like it was really solid and gives me a lot of confidence going into next week". I had a little bit of a pull, a little bit of a block, a little here, a little there.

"Oh, man, I'm going to miss this place, " he said.

"I needed to go get it today and I didn't do it".

"He wasn't hitting it as far as he normally does", said Australian Marc Leishman, who played alongside Woods. "When I had my putt, I kind of marked it and turned around, and I just happened to see my parents, saw my grandma and grandpa, and I just got a huge knot in my throat".

Englishman Fleetwood carded seven birdies to match his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, a seven-under-par 63, while American Thomas drove the ball superbly for a 64 that included seven birdies in a 10-hole stretch.

His grandparents, Paul and Phyllis Thomas, watched him win for the first time on the PGA Tour.

He said the victory was particularly special given his grandfather, who played in the 1960 US PGA Championship at Firestone, was in the gallery.

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