Golf is a sport steeped in tradition, so when multiple long-standing records are shattered over the course of four days by an up-and-coming player with boatloads of talent, people should take notice.
Starting his week at the Sony Open in Hawii by becoming only the seventh man to ever shoot sub-60 on the PGA Tour, Thomas put himself in position to rewrite a number of PGA Tour records if he could continue to play well. Spoiler alert: he did. Thomas followed up his opening-round 59 with a Friday 6-under par 64, which broke the 36-hole PGA Tour scoring record.
A ho-hum weekend of a pair of 5-under par 65s not only lapped the stellar field, besting runner-up Justin Rose by seven shots. A birdie on the 72nd hole also allowed Thomas to put his name on another record: lowest total score in PGA Tour history (253), besting Tommy Armour III’s 254 mark at the 2003 Valero Texas Open.
Golf Channel senior researcher Justin Ray compiled Thomas’ accomplishments.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) January 16, 2017
Rose’s 20-under par mark won the B Flight, edging Jordan Spieth (-19) by one and Kevin Kisner (-18) and Jamie Lovemark (-18) by two.