Justin Thomas defeats Marc Leishman in play-off at The CJ Cup
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 22/10/17 6:26pm
Justin Thomas secured a fifth win of 2017 with a play-off victory over Marc Leishman at the inaugural CJ Cup.
The FedExCup champion birdied the last to close a level-par 72 and join Leishman on nine under, before defeating the Australian on the second extra hole.
Both players made a par at the first extra hole, only for Leishman to find the water with his approach on the second visit to give Thomas victory with a tap-in birdie.
Beginning the day tied for the lead alongside Scott Brown, Thomas bounced back from a double-bogey at the par-five third to post a hat-trick of gains around the turn.
Leishman birdied his opening two holes but carded three bogeys in a four-hole stretch from the fifth, before picking up a shot at the ninth and adding further gains at the 12th and 14th.
A bogey at the 13th from Thomas pulled him alongside Leishman, with both players dropping a shot at the par-three 17th and then making closing birdies to edge ahead of Smith.
Smith carded a two-under 70 to end the week on eight under, with Whee Kim a further two strokes back in fourth spot and last week's CIMB Classic winner Pat Perez part of the share of fifth place.
Perez signed for a bogey-free card after a round-of-the-day 68, with Brown, Luke List, Brian Harman and Jamie Lovemark also ending the week on five under.