Thomas breaks away to win finale at Firestone

Woods hit only one fairway over the second half of his round

Woods hit only one fairway over the second half of his round

"I never hit it out of position and think I got away with one bad tee shot where it bounced out of the trees but apart from that played lovely, putted really nice and just picked them off. So it was pretty cool to get it done".

Thomas led Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter by three shots overnight, and the Northern Irishman and Englishman tailed off in the final round.

For more than 40 years, Firestone Country Club has been good to the world of professional golf.

Woods, an eight-times champion at Firestone, dismissed speculation that his surgically-repaired back had bothered him.

The US PGA Championship - the final major of the year - begins on Thursday.

Stanley's birdie at 16 proved lucrative as he pipped Johnson and Olesen to outright second, while US Open champion Brooks Koepka fired a 67 to complete the top five, finishing six strokes adrift of Thomas.

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All he needs to do is ask his good buddy, Jordan Spieth, what it's been like this year.

Justin Thomas poses with the Gary Player Cup trophy after holding his nerve to win the Bridgestone Invitational.

Spieth was gunning for the career Grand Slam and Thomas was. well, searching for his first major championship, which came with a final-round 68, as he overtook a few of the game's other young stars in the process at Quail Hollow.

For most of the ending on Sunday, Thomas did what the guy who has won at this course eight times - Tiger Woods - did to win golf tournaments.

Sweetest of all was seeing his grandparents, especially the embrace after he tapped in for par to finish at 15-under 265. "The golf course is playing very soft, very receptive". Thomas had not finished better than a tie for 28th in his two previous appearances at Firestone.

But his play took a turn on the back nine. I loved playing here, even when it was the World Series of Golf.

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As for Firestone, it has been an wonderful run for Woods at the course that will no longer be host for the tournament - it is moving to Memphis next year.

"My grandpa is not emotional, but I hadn't seen him smile or be that happy, maybe ever".

Fleetwood, who contended at both the USA and British Opens this summer, has emerged as a player of the highest calibre, even without a breakthrough win in the United States. It is moving to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2019.

Thomas was far from his best as he played the opening 12 holes in level par and both Stanley and Jason Day eventually closed to within two shots, only to promptly bogey the next two holes.

The 29-year-old mixed five birdies with two bogeys in a round that he admitted frustrated him as he struggled off the tee on the tight tree-lined fairways.

McIlroy remained the most likely threat early on when he matched Thomas' birdie at the second, and Thomas then opened the door for the chasing pack when a poor drive led to a bogey at the sixth.

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