Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously challenged, a one-under-par 69 more than enough to clinch his first World Golf Championships event and ninth PGA Tour title.
Aug 5, 2018; Akron, OH, USA; PGA golfer Justin Thomas hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club - South Course.
Sunday at Firestone will be the eighth time this year they play together in a tournament, and the number grows next week when they play the opening two rounds with Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship. That gave him a five-shot lead, and pars on the closing holes allowed him to finish four ahead of Stanley.
Thomas began the final round with a three-shot lead over McIlroy and Ian Poulter, and his goal was to minimize his mistakes while forcing the other players to catch him. Not to worry. He shot 73 and tied for sixth.
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Thomas captured his first World Golf Championship and heads to his title defense at the PGA Championship with plenty of momentum. Starting in 2019, the Bridgestone Invitational will be moving to Memphis, according to Golf.com.
"I take a lot of pride in how I played today", he said after the round.
Johnson bogeyed the last hole for a 64 and shared third with Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who also had a 64. "I guess it's been a little while in my eyes, but have a lot of really good players that are going to be chasing me down".
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McIlroy played bogey-free on a Firestone course that finally started to get firm, atoning for a few missed birdie chances with key par putts.
He said earlier this week that it "feels like I haven't won in forever". "The golf course is playing very soft, very receptive and when you're able to hit five-irons and they only roll out about a foot, the guys are going to put up good scores". He finished with a bogey on 18.
Golf-loving Wayne long saw this coming. She won by two shots from Pornanong (70).
But this is the first time a trophy is at stake. The way Hall kept her composure and kept producing the shots of her life down the stretch, there might be more to come.
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Hall is the first English major victor since Karen Stupples won this event in 2004, and the fourth overall along with Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas.
She followed Stupples and Catriona Matthew - in 2009 at Lytham - as the only British winners of the Women's British Open since it achieved major status in 2001. After a 65 and 70 on the first two days, he finished with a 69 on day three to lie eight strokes behind the leader. "Anytime you can birdie seven out of the first 10, you know you're doing something pretty well".
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A T-5 finish at Glen Abbey that included a third-round, course-record-tying 62 wound up being just what he needed. Live coverage continues on Friday from 8pm on Sky Sports Golf.