Tiger Woods raises expectations after Honda Classic; Justin Thomas wins in playoff

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas continued his hurl on a PGA Tour with a playoff feat Sunday in a Honda Classic.

Tiger Woods looks like he could get on a roll, too.

While Thomas walked divided from a windswept Champions Course during PGA National with a championship hardware after defeating Luke List with a birdie on a initial playoff hole, Woods left with a good transport of certainty after posting his best finish on a PGA Tour given 2015.

Woods finished during even-par after rounds of 70-71-69-70 – his third-round 69 being his initial turn in a 60s on a PGA Tour given 2015 – and finished 8 shot behind in 12th – his best finish given he tied for 10th in a 2015 Wyndham Championship.

Woods, who missed a year after spinal alloy surgery, had finished in a tie for 23rd in a Farmers Insurance Open in Jan and missed a cut in final week’s Genesis Open.

“My expectations have left up,” Woods said. “I’m attack a turn better. we knew we could putt it, we know we could chip it, yet we didn’t know how good we was going to strike it. … we feel unequivocally happy a proceed we played a whole week. we unequivocally tranquil my turn flight. This wind, we can get unprotected flattering simply and we felt like we had control. we feel like any time out I’ve gotten improved and I’ve gotten some-more of a feel for personification contest golf. The final integrate days, it felt easy to play contest golf. The comfortable adult felt good. we get into a upsurge of a round. we could find a stroke of a rounds faster.”

Thomas has done things demeanour easy for some time now. The reigning PGA Tour actor of a year won for a seventh time in his final 30 starts on a PGA Tour. He now has 8 Tour titles, including his initial vital delight in final year’s PGA Championship.

It was his second win of a season. He and List finished during 8 underneath and headed to a playoff. Thomas strike his second shot onto a immature on a par-5 18th and two-putted for a victory. He also birdied a 18th in law to get into a playoff.

Earlier in a round, he got a advantageous rebound off a stone wall on a par-3 5th hole and done standard instead of being in a water.

“It was a ruin of a conflict out there,” pronounced Thomas, who shot 67-72-65-68. “It feels overwhelming to come out on top.”

Woods didn’t feel overwhelming about a Bear Trap, a three-hole widen starting during a 15th that is full of H2O and immature and copiousness of danger. For a week, he was 8 over standard on a 3 holes. In Sunday’s final round, he birdied a 14th to lift within 4 shots of a leaders yet afterwards dumped a turn into a H2O for a double-bogey 5.

But all and all, Woods ranked second in a margin in pushing stretch (319.1 yards) and initial in a vicinity to a hole with his proceed shots (29 feet, 3 inches). He strike 27 of 36 greens on a weekend.

“I’m only vacant during how good Tiger is personification this week,” Jack Nicklaus pronounced as he sat in a radio building during a telecast. “As he learns how to play again, to get mentally behind into personification again, he’ll do only fine. we consider he did good this week.”

So, too, did Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava. He pronounced he likes that Woods is attack a few some-more stinger shots with 3-woods and 2-irons and that he’s relocating a turn both ways.

“I saw alleviation each day, that was nice,” LaCava said. “A lot of good tee shots after in a week, a motorist included. He seems to have his stretch control back, so that’s a good sign. He’s operative a turn both ways.

“I do consider he’s removing a hair sleepy infrequently in a center of a round. As he gets some-more rounds in, though, as he continues to travel 5 hours in a grub and a feverishness and stuff, he’ll build adult some stamina.

“I see good strides. we didn’t wish to panic after LA and we don’t wish to get brazen of myself here, yet it’s good to see him going forward.”

Moving brazen will be some-more operation sessions and rounds during circuitously Medalist Golf Club. And if story is an indication, Woods will subsequent play in a Arnold Palmer Invitational in 3 weeks.

“I need to get behind in a gym again and start training,” Woods said. “I only need to keep feeling good. Body feels good. we only need to keep feeling good. But we feel unequivocally certain about it. I’ve been divided from contest golf for so long, that I’m starting to feel a rounds. I’m starting to get into it quicker, feel a pace, feel a shots and get a improved clarity of it.

“The some-more we play contest golf, a improved I’ll get during it.”

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