Justin Thomas started his 2017-18 season in very similar fashion to his FedExCup winning 2016-17 season, by winning on his second start.

The world-number-four saw off Marc Leishman on the second-hole of a play-off to win the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, one week after making his first start of the season to defend his CIMB Classic title.

The win also furthers Thomas’ superiority in Asia with this week’s victory being his third in five PGA TOUR starts on the continent after back-to-back wins at the CIMB Classic in 2015 and 2016.

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Thomas began the day at Jeju Island with a share of the lead at nine-under-par, but not with Leishman who sat two-shots back in tied third. His lead was squandered early on with a double-bogey on the par five third as Leishman opened with consecutive birdies to move above Thomas.

The Australian would then post three bogeys in four holes to fall back and a birdie apiece on the ninth meant only one shot separated the two at the turn.

Two successive birdies to start the back nine, this time for Thomas, increased his lead to three before bogeys on the 13th and 17th left him one-shot shy of Leishman’s nine-under total. An eagle on the par five 18th would win it and Thomas stuck his 240-yard approach to six-feet only to miss the resulting eagle-putt.

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It went to a play-off on the 18th hole between the two front runners that began with two pars. On the second trip round, though, Leishman tried to match the aggressive play of Thomas and took on the green in two only to find the water.

He posted an eventual six leaving Thomas to claim his fifth win of 2017 and first win of the new season with a birdie four.

Speaking of his hectic schedule of late, Thomas told the PGA Tour: “I’m just so excited to not do anything. I officially have nothing left in the tank at the moment.”

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