After a six-hole playoff at Torrey Pines, Jason Day was happy to pose with the spoils of victory.
That was Watson’s second victory of the season, to go with a victory at the Genesis Open. But Thomas and Watson weren’t the only multiple winners. Australian Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open and Wells Fargo Championship, while Patton Kizzire won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and the Sony Open in Hawaii. Following Webb Simpson’s victory at THE PLAYERS, Thomas led the FedExCup standings followed by Day, Mickelson, Kizzire, Patrick Reed, Watson, Johnson, Simpson, Jon Rahm and Tony Finau. Everyone in the top 10 except Finau had at least one victory, Reed’s coming at the Masters, where he held off Sunday charges by Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to win his first major championship. Thomas joins Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and Spieth as the only FedExCup champions with multiple wins in the season following their FedExCup victory. Thomas’ second title, at The Honda Classic on the Champion Course of PGA National in a playoff over Luke
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Bubba Watson reacts after winning the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.
Johnson as the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, assuming the top spot after climbing the leaderboard on the weekend at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass to finish T11. The 21st player be No. 1 in the OWGR since it was instituted in 1986, Thomas backed up his five-victory 2016-17 with two wins through early May: playoff victories at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and The Honda Classic. Thomas, 25, came close to winning on two other occasions. He closed with 62-64 at the World Golf ChampionshipsMexico Championship and finished his final round at Club de Golf Chapultepec with a 119-yard hole-out for eagle. Mickelson defeated Thomas on the first extra hole, snapping a drought that dated to The Open Championship in 2013. Thomas also advanced to the semifinals of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play before losing to Bubba Watson, who went on to win the title.
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