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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 254
Hideki Matsuyama loomed large, but wayward tee shots saw him post two bogeys over that closing trio of holes to cut his run short. Chris Stroud was eyeing off an underdog victory until things unraveled badly with a double-bogey at 16 and bogeys at 17 and 18. He would finish at 1-under after a disastrous 76. And Kevin Kisner’s disappointing final round ended with a double-bogey at the last, with his second shot needing to hole out to force a playoff with Thomas, but finding the creek that lined the left side of the fairway instead. Thomas also made bogey at the last, but had room to breathe courtesy of one of the shots of the tournament at the par-3 17th – a 217-yard laser-guided iron that shaped prodigiously from right to left and settled 14 feet from the hole, providing a birdie that all but sealed the deal. Even after holing what would end up being the winning putt, there were only mooted celebrations. A smile, a couple of hugs, a few handshakes. A new Thomas, perhaps? While it might have taken until the final hole to officially end proceedings, if you ask Thomas, the result was assured a long way out. “I don’t know, I just was very confident,” Thomas said. “I just didn’t get flustered.” “I just had an unbelievable calmness throughout the week, throughout the day. I truly felt like I was going to win.” E “I JUST HAD AN UNBELIEVABLE CALMNESS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, THROUGHOUT THE DAY. I TRULY FELT LIKE I WAS GOING TO WIN.”
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