JEJU ISLAND, South Korea — Justin Thomas won his 11th PGA Tour title and his second in South Korea in three years with a final-round 5-under-par 67 for a two-stroke victory over Danny Lee.
Thomas, a 26-year-old American, and Lee, a 29-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander, made it mostly a two-man show Sunday at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. They entered the final round tied and stayed that way through the front nine.
Thomas birdied the 14th to take one-stroke lead, then went up by two when Lee bogeyed the 15th after missing a 10-foot par putt and Thomas made a two-footer for par. After going from greenside bunker to bunker on the 16th, Lee bogeyed again and fell three behind — but Thomas then bogeyed the 17th after his 12-footer for par lipped out, reducing his lead to two strokes.
On Saturday, Thomas had a three-stroke lead heading into the 18th hole ahead of a three-shot swing that resulted when the former University of Alabama golfer bogeyed and Lee made a long eagle putt. On Sunday, there were no such late miracles for Lee: He and Thomas both birdied the 18th, with Lee lipping out on his putt for eagle to finish with a 69.
Thomas, who is fifth in the World Golf Ranking, finished at 20-under 268 overall for his first win since the BMW Championship in August.
"It was a very, very tough day," Thomas said. "Danny made it extremely difficult. He really made a lot of putts, a lot of unbelievable up and downs to kind of keep me from getting all the momentum."
The 97th-ranked Lee won the 2015 Greenbrier Classic for his lone PGA Tour title.
Finishing tied for third at 15 under were Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (65), Australia's Cameron Smith (69) and the United States' Gary Woodland (66), the 2018 CJ Cup runner-up.
Keith Mitchell (71) tied for 46th at 3 under, with fellow Baylor School graduate Luke List (71) sharing 57th at 1 under.
Danielle Kang sets record in victory
SHANGHAI — Danielle Kang didn't drop a stroke while closing with a 2-under 70 to win the Buick LPGA Shanghai for the second consecutive year, and her overall total of 16-under 272 set the tournament record.
The 27-year-old American began the day one stroke behind compatriot Jessica Korda, who closed with a 72 to finish second at 15 under.
Kang birdied the 15th to pull two strokes ahead, but Korda responded with a birdie of her own on 17. Kang then holed a three-foot par putt on the 18th to win her third LPGA Tour title.
Korda had three birdies and three bogeys in the final round. Kristen Gillman (68) of the United States, Japan's Nasa Hataoka (68) and China's Yu Liu (65) shared third at 13 under, while South Korea's Sei Young Kim (68) was another stroke back.
Megan Khang, another American, tied the event's 18-hole scoring record with an 8-under 64, including a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th, and tied for seventh at 10 under.
Long wait is over for Belgian winner
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Nicolas Colsaerts ended a title drought of more than seven years when the 36-year-old Belgian closed with a 1-over 72 and survived a wild back nine on the Albatross Course at Le Golf National to win the French Open.
It's his first tournament title since the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2012, when Colsaerts was No. 32 in the world and played a role in Europe's record comeback to win the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club near Chicago. He had played 214 tournaments worldwide since that last victory.
This European Tour event wasn't easy for him, either, even after he stretched his lead to five shots early in the final round. He had to chip in for eagle on the par-5 14th to regain the lead but gave it right back with a double bogey on the next hole. Denmark's Joachim B. Hansen then made double bogey on the 17th hole that allowed Colsaerts to take the lead again.
Colsaerts closed with three pars to finish at 12-under 272 and finish off a one-shot victory over Hansen (68). South Africa's George Coetzee, who led by two shots with six holes to play, made triple bogey on the 15th hole on the way to a 71 that left him two shots behind in third.
Rain postpones final round of PGA Tour
RICHMOND, Va. — Heavy rain expected to last throughout the day forced the postponement of the third and final round of the PGA Tour Champions' Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
The first of three tournaments in the 50-and-older tour's Charles Schwab Cup playoffs, it was set to resume on the Country Club of Virginia's James River Course at 8 a.m. Monday. Officials said the course received more than two inches of rain overnight and into Sunday morning.
Scott Parel and Tommy Tolles were tied for the lead at 12-under 132, with the pair of Americans one shot ahead of Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.
Parel won twice last season, while Tolles is seeking his first victory in three years on the senior circuit and entered the tournament 59th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Only the top 54 advance to the next event, the Invesco QQQ Championship on Nov. 1-3 in Thousand Oaks, California.
Instead of the season points being reset during the playoffs, they will be continued through the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with points counting double in that tournament Nov. 7-10 at Phoenix Country Club.
Ooltewah's Gibby Gilbert, 61st in the standings entering the tourney, was tied for 32nd at 2 under.