Tue, Aug 7, 9:17am by Staff Writer
Justin Thomas won the weekend’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio by four shots ahead of Kyle Stanley.
The win is Thomas’ third on the PGA tour this season and ninth of this career, ahead of the USPGA Championship this week.
The weekend’s result caps a perfect build up to the final major of the season at the Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, which Thomas is priced at $15 to win.
He had a three-shot lead heading into the final round, where he shot one-under par.
Rory McIlory and Ian Poulter were both tied for second ahead of the final round and three shots adrift of Thomas.
McIlroy shot three-over par in the final round to finish in a tie for sixth, with his final round 73 his worst of the event.
Poulter dropped to a tie for 10th with a poor final round score of 74, after leading at the conclusion of day one with his first-round 62.
McIlroy is second favourite to win the USPGA Championship at $13, behind world number one Dustin Johnson at $11.
Two-time US Open winner Brooks Koepka finished fifth in St Louis with a score of nine-under.
He is $22 to win the USPGA Championship for a third straight year.
Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen carded a final-round score of 64 to lead the field, but fell five strokes short of victory.
The Dane has six Tour wins in his career, five on the European circuit and one in Australasia.
Another surprising golfer near the top of the leaderboard in Akron was India’s Anirban Lahiri.
He finished in a tie for sixth at eight-under and plays predominately on the Asian Tour.
His best major result is a tie for fifth at the 2015 PGA Championship, where he returns this week as a $201 shot.
Australia’s Jason Day faded on the final day with a round of three-over to finish in a tie for 10th.
Day was one shot off the pace after the first round and may have been guilty of looking ahead to this week’s major after a poor weekend’s play by his standards.
The Queenslander was victorious in 2015 at the USPGA Championship and will relish the chance to stamp himself in a major once more and is $22 to win the event.
USPGA Championship Odds – Sportsbet
Dustin Johnson $11
Rory McIlroy $13
Justin Thomas $15
Jordan Spieth $19
Tiger Woods $21
Rickie Fowler #21
Brooks Koepka $22
Jason Day $22
Justin Rose $23
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