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Is Justin Thomas the best golfer in the world? 'I can't answer that, that's asking for trouble'

American continues his stunning season with three-stroke win at the Dell Championship.

Thomas: five wins in 2017, and now second in FedEx Cup race.
Thomas: five wins in 2017, and now second in FedEx Cup race.
Image: Martin Gavin/The Sun Chronicle

JUSTIN THOMAS FIRED a final round 66 to down Jordan Spieth on the back nine and win the Dell Championship on Monday.

But after winning his fifth tournament of 2017, the young American batted away questions about whether he considers himself the best golfer in the world.

“I can’t give you an answer on that,” Thomas, 24, said. “That’s only asking for trouble.

“It’s just such a vague question, I guess, because it’s like, are you saying the best in the world at the moment? Are you saying as a whole? I mean, my career stats, I’m not even remotely close to being remotely close to being the best.

“So I can never compare to that. I have some of my best friends have won way more than I have and won more majors.

“When you look at it that way, no. When you put our stats head-to-head throughout our career, I would say no. So I guess in that regard, I’m not.

“But I feel confident when I get in these situations like today, or like I did at the PGA, I feel like I can get it done. I feel like I’ve proven that I can get it done.

“It’s just that no one is the best in the world. It’s really whoever is playing the best at that time.”

Thomas and Spieth battled hard down the stretch until Spieth saw his hopes dashed on the fairway at 18 when his approach sailed right and landed in a large bunker. His next shot travelled clear across the green as he finished with a bogey six on the hole.

Thomas completed the second tournament of the PGA Tour playoffs on 17-under for a three-shot win which propelled him into second place in the FedExCup standings behind Spieth.

“I have had a great year, just two more events to finish it off,” said Thomas.

Spieth, who shot a 67, finished outright second on 14-under while Aussie Marc Leishman shot 70 to place alone in third, four strokes behind Thomas.

Jon Rahm (68) and Paul Casey (70) tied for fourth on 12-under.

© AFP 2017

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