Double delight for Thomas

03 August 2020 18:31:30 GMTPlus10

Justin Thomas warmed up for the first major of the season by winning the WGC-FedEx St Jude invitational at TPC Southwind and the new world number one hailed his new partnership with caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay.

Thomas started the final round four shots behind Brendon Todd, who faded out of the picture, to win by three shots from defending champion Brooks Koepka in a high-quality field in Memphis as golf's superstars fine-tuned their game for this week's PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Koepka's improved form caught the eye following a poor spell since injury, while Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Englishman Tom Lewis shared second spot on ten under.

The victory for Thomas saw him jump back to the top of the golf rankings and it was a blistering 31 on the front nine which set up the success. He eventually signed for a five-under 65 to finish on 13-under.

It was the 27-year-old's second World Golf Championship win and he also leads the race for the FedEx Cup.

"I haven't exactly played well coming from behind in the past and I feel like I learned a lot from that," explained Thomas, who linked up with Mickelson's former caddie Mackay two days before the event started as regular bag man Jimmy Johnson is sidelined.

Thomas confirmed Bones would stay on the bag for the PGA Championship and added: "I want someone that I know and at least knows my game somewhat.

"Bones knows my game well enough not only from when he caddied for Phil, but just watching me play a lot of rounds when he's commentating."

Thomas is 11.00 to win 2020 PGA Championship with Koepka at 11.00.

Bryson DeChambeau, who has been in excellent form recently, is 17.00 and Rory McIlroy is available at 15.00.

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