Justin Thomas further proved that his position amongst the world’s elite is a permanent one with a second-place finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship to back up last week’s victory.
Less than a week after claiming the Honda Classic title, the 24-year-old headed into the final round at Club de Golf Chapultepec four shots off the lead.
Two opening birdies made an early move for Thomas, which he consolidated with another on the sixth as he went out in a bogey-free 32.
The back-nine began in very similar fashion for the world-number-three, with three birdies on the first six that moved him to 15-under and into a tie for the lead, for the first time of the week, with Phil Mickelson.
Thomas made birdie on the 16th before a wayward tee-shot faltered him to a bogey on the par-three 17th that dropped him back to 14-under.
His response? Holing out from 118 yards for an eagle to finish a round of 64 that clawed his score to 16-under-par.Embed from Getty Images
Thomas’ round finished an hour before the final group’s but his finish had put him into an outright lead. Mickelson along with Tyrrell Hatton both caught Thomas headed to the 72nd tied for the lead. The latter could only manage a bogey whilst Mickelson’s par ensured a play-off between him and Thomas.
Mickelson’s tee-shot back on the par-three 17th found the middle of the green whilst Thomas fired wide and faced a tricky chip to continue the play-off. Mickelson’s birdie putt lipped out but his resulting par was enough for the title as Thomas could only muster a bogey from him testing position.
Just 0.1 points behind world-number-two Jon Rahm, a runner-up finish for Thomas will put him ahead of the Spaniard and into the second spot, meaning now only Dustin Johnson sits above him in the golfing hierarchy.