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Justin Thomas purposely hit his drive down the wrong fairway on the 12th hole
WATCH: Justin Thomas Plays Down Wrong Hole On Purpose
The 12th hole at TPC Boston caused some controversy at the Dell Technologies Championship, with Gil Hanse adding in two new bunkers on the tough 486 yard par-4 and altering the fairway from playing downhill to uphill, with a drop off at the 300-yard mark.
Before the tournament, Justin Thomas was critical of the 12th, saying the old hole was "one of the better holes" and that "you don’t need to change it.”
The USPGA Champion decided to play the hole slightly differently in the final round, purposely playing down the adjacent 13th fairway and then coming into the green from there.
Two trees had been removed as well to make the shot easier.
Watch his tee shot in the final round:
In the end he hit the green in regulation and made par. He would go on to make two further birdies and win by three.
It wasn't the first time he'd played down the 13th this week, he did it in three of the four rounds including on day one.
After his first round he explained the decision:
“I knew that they were going to be confused, or not know what was going on. But I just felt like that was the best way to play the hole today.
“I still don't think it's a very good hole, but I just felt like with when it's a little bit helping like that, you can hit it far enough up that left.
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“If I had hit a good drive this morning (he hit it too far left but still made par), I could have hit 7-iron or something in there, whereas if you go up the right without going through the fairway, the closest you're going to get is 195 yards or so.”
Justin Thomas won his fifth PGA Tour title of the season with victory and moves to 1st in the FedEx Cup standings and up to a career-high 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
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