WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Justin Thomas bids Firestone farewell with season's third win

Justin Thomas (Getty Images)

Justin Thomas cruised to victory Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, defeating the field by four strokes at 15 under.

Thomas entered the final round with a three-shot lead, and he never looked back. Thomas had two birdies and one bogey Sunday, taming a course that showed its bite late in the afternoon.

Firestone Country Club played host to the tournament for the final time. It had been the tournament’s host site since its inception in 1999, and became one of the most iconic courses in PGA Tour history.

This was Thomas’ third win of the season, but his first top-5 finish since March. He is now ranked No. 2 in the world, and next week he will try to defend his title in St. Louis at the PGA Championship.

Kyle Stanley wrestled with putting demons, but still finished second at 11 under. He missed a number of short putts this week, but always bounced back. He shot an opening-round 7-under 63, following it up with rounds of 68-70-68 to close out the week.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and Dustin Johnson leapfrogged the field Sunday with matching 6-under 64s. They finished tied for third at 10 under after starting the day in a tie for 22nd.

Brooks Koepka finished fifth at 9 under after shooting a 3-under 67 on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy put up a clunker Sunday, shooting a 3-over 73 to finish in a tie for sixth at 8 under. He started the day tied for second, but never gave Thomas any reason to sweat.

Jason Day also struggled Sunday, firing a 3-over 73 to fall into a tie for 10th at 7 under. He had four birdies, five bogeys and a double-bogey in Round 4.

Tiger Woods said his farewell to Firestone with a disappointing 3-over 73 to finish the tournament at even par. He shot 1 under on the first nine Sunday, however, he had three bogeys, two double-bogeys and three birdies on the back nine.

Woods won eight times at Firestone. It also marks the site of his last PGA Tour win (2013).

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational heads to Memphis next season.