Thomas shoots 66 to beat Spieth by three shots at TPC Boston

Dell Technologies Championship Justin Thomas earns fifth win of season

He is the leader in the race for Tour Player of the Year and seems to be blossoming into what he always dreamed he could be.

The tournament also marked the final qualifying event for the United States team in the upcoming Presidents Cup worldwide competition.

Open Championship victor Spieth, meanwhile, licked his wounds after a second consecutive runner-up finish. Keeping his mistakes to a minimum, Thomas outlasted them both by closing with a 5-under 66 for a three-shot victory in the Dell Technologies Championship. He three-putted from 51 feet at the par-3 11th and couldn't salvage an up-and-down at the 12th, missing his par putt from 12 feet.

Paul Casey went around the course at TPC Boston in 70 to end the tournament tied fourth on 12 under, two strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Justin Rose, who shot a 68. A loss would mean that even with wins in their final two games next month, the Americans could wind up in a playoff against an Asian team or miss next year's tournament entirely.

Earlier last week, Mickelson cryptically claimed his doctor had discovered some malady that had been disturbing his ability to focus and cured it. I think that this is a big step for me as far as getting back to where I want, shooting the scores, playing, having energy, being able to practice, all these things. "It's just now we're at the top level you can get, and our competing, it's really cool". It's why the Big Names are the Big Names. because when their moments came, they won.

A simple par at 17 followed for Thomas for him to carry a two-shot lead to 18. But it's a long putt still from expectations to exhortations.

DJ and Spieth are presently Nos. He himself is No. 6, which is nothing to sneeze at but, frankly, who remembers the sixth-ranked anything in sports today?

There are plenty of players jealous of the 24-year-old Thomas right now.

The win moves Thomas up to second place in the Fedex Cup rankings behind Spieth with two events to play.

A few months later, Thomas got his revenge while the two were playing for the USA team at the Evian Junior Masters in France.

"Jealous isn't the word, but he probably had some feelings of anxiousness", Spieth, who won two majors in 2015, told reporters. "Any time any of my friends win and I don't, I'm extremely happy for them, I'm pumped for them, I'm excited but I'm jealous".

Leishman's hopes ended at the par-four 17. Best I've driven it since I can remember. I just felt I had total control of my game. You played well when you needed to. It would be really cool to be part of it.

Thomas is now looking forward to recuperating as the FedExCup Play-Offs take a week off, and he is confident he can stay in contention for the $10m bonus over the final two events of the season - the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. He knows then how fans' minds work. "It was a patient day", said Thomas.

The Australian world No.9 moved up one spot to 28th in the points standings.

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