Justin Thomas entered Sunday with a two-stroke lead over the hottest player in the world over the last three months, Hideki Matsuyama. He won by three as he finished at 22 under while Matsuyama finished at 19 under.
Thomas' lead swelled to five as the pair entered the back nine, but a chip-in eagle from Matsuyama at No. 14 combined with a costly double bogey from Thomas at No. 15 meant we had a one-stroke game coming home. Then Thomas hit the shot of the tournament on No. 17 with the entire week hanging in the balance.
He went on to make birdie and seal the deal on what was, despite a couple of hiccups, an assertion of his power up and down the coast of Maui all four days. Thomas led from the second round on and looked like he was in complete control for about 69 of 72 holes.
This is his first win on U.S. soil. His previous two came at the CIMB Classic in 2015 and 2016. With the win, he became the first two-time winner on the 2016-17 season.
Wordl No. 1 Jason Day had not played a competitive tournament since back in September, so he was sort of a poor man's version of Tiger Woods this week. That is, just stay upright and try not to re-injure the back. That was the win for Day at Kapalua. He did that and more as he shot three 70s and a 69 on the week that was punctuated by an eagle on the 72nd hole of the tournament.
Jordan Spieth posted the quietest T3 finish in the history of this tournament with a 65 on Sunday, which doubled as the low round of the day. He had a triple bogey and two doubles earlier in the week which were his undoing, but he putted brilliantly (No. 3 in the field) and more importantly for him hit it great with his irons (No. 6 in the field).