MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Justin Thomas’s body language said it all as he snap-hooked a 5-wood off the tee at the dogleg-left par-4, 15th hole at TPC Southwind. He grabbed the club head with his right hand, slumped forward, and as if praying to St. Jude, begged for a miracle.
“Get lucky!” he yelled.
This tournament is named for the patron saint of lost causes, after all, and so somehow his prayers were answered. Thomas’s ball bounced off the cart path and ended up safely over the water 321 yards away in a gentle patch of rough, leaving him a clear shot and just 50 yards from the hole.
“That was lottery-ticket lucky,” CBS on-course reporter Dottie Pepper said.
Indeed, it was, and Thomas took advantage, pitching to 6 feet and canning the birdie putt to claim the lead.
“That’s the kind of stuff I guess that happens when you win,” Thomas said.
In a city where Elvis Presley called home, Thomas returned to being the king of the golf world. He reclaimed the title of World No. 1, breaking out of a logjam with two late birdies to win the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational by three strokes over Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis and Phil…