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Thomas wins via playoff

Justin Thomas of the United States (Park Ji-ho/Yonhap via AP)

Justin Thomas of the United States (Park Ji-ho/Yonhap via AP)

JEJU, South Korea (AFP) – Justin Thomas holed a two-foot birdie putt at the second sudden-death playoff hole Sunday to beat Marc Leishman and win a US PGA Tour title in Asia for the third time.

The pair had finished 72 holes at the CJ Cup in South Korea locked at nine-under par, after both missed eagle putts on the 18th hole of a windswept final round of wildly fluctuating fortunes.

Both parred the 18th on their first playoff visit, though Leishman was fortunate to get away with an errant drive and benefit from two free drops: first from behind a wall and then from a service road.

But the burly Australian’s luck ran out second time round as his three wood approach carved off on the swirling winds into the water surrounding the island green.

American Thomas then ripped his three wood unerringly to the front fringe of the putting surface and ran a putt to two feet from the flag.

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