Most people vacation in Hawaii. The PGA Tour two-week stay in our 50th state could best be described as a Working Vacation. However, Justin Thomas made it look like the rest of the PGA Tour Pros were stranded on the mainland and didn’t get the memo that the 2017 season had officially begun.
After surviving a close finish to win the SBS Tournament of Champions last week after battling Hideki Matsuyama to their last hole, Thomas made sure he put major distance between him and the entire field this week. In the SONY Open at Wailaia Country Club in Honalulu, the winner crafted a seven-shot lead on Friday that he never relinquished. When the dust settled Sunday night, Thomas had carded a dazzling 27-under 253.
To further show how dominant Thomas was all weekend, Zack Johnson who was second behind the winner for three days, shot an impressive 17-under par. However, when the final scorecards were signed on Sunday, that total was only enough to give Johnson a tie for sixth.
Furthermore, Thomas broke the PGA scoring record of Jack Nicklaus, which had stood since 1975.
Finally, Thomas became only the second golfer in PGA history behind Ernie Els to sweep Hawaii.