Golf: Brilliant Justin Thomas defends CIMB Classic title in Malaysia

Justin Thomas kissing his trophy after winning the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, on Oct 23, 2016.
Justin Thomas kissing his trophy after winning the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, on Oct 23, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Justin Thomas fired a final round eight-under 64 to overturn a four-shot deficit at the start of the day and retain his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia on Sunday.

The 23-year-old American capitalised on overnight leader Anirban Lahiri's quadruple bogey nine on the par-five third hole to retake a lead he had held over the first two days. He then eased clear to win by three shots with a 23-under total.

Lahiri was searching for a maiden PGA Tour win at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course but the five-shot swing after he lodged his tee shot in a tree left the Indian with too much to do and he had to settle for a tie for third, four strokes back.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama birdied the last two holes to sign for a 66 and claim second place on 20-under, with Lahiri (72) and American first round co-leader Derek Fathauer (67) rounding out the top four a further shot adrift.

The US$7 million (S$9.76 million) limited field event, the second on the 2017 PGA Tour calendar, is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.