Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Thomas Eagles His Final Hole to Join '59 Club'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Thomas Eagles His Final Hole to Join '59 Club'

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HONOLULU * Fresh off his victory on Maui, Justin Thomas became the seventh player to join the "59 Club" on the PGA Tour when he made a 15-foot eagle putt on his last hole Thursday at the Sony Open for an 11-under 59.

Thomas thought his hopes at a 59 were over when his drive on the par-5 ninth hole at Waialae Country Club was a foot from clearing a fairway bunker on the left and rolled back into the sand. He figured he couldn't reach the green until realizing Daniel Berger hit a 4-iron from the bunker onto the green.

Thomas figured "this wasn't a time to lay up."

He hit 5-iron clean and pure, and it settled 15 feet below the cup. Wasting little time over the putt, he poured it in for 59 and lightly pumped his fist. The excitement came from Berger and Jordan Spieth, and only when Thomas looked at their reaction did it begin to sink in.

"I got more excited from seeing them get excited," he said.

Thomas, a 23-year-old with enormous power for his 145-pound frame, never hit more than a 7-iron into the par 4s at Waialae on a perfect day for scoring very little breeze, fast fairways and soft greens. …

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