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Justin Thomas joins '59 club' during first round at Sony Open

Justin Thomas joins '59 club' during first round at Sony Open

Staring over the top of a bunker on his final hole, the prudent play for Justin Thomas might have been to make sure he got out of the sand and avoided a big number. 

But then, Thomas didn't care about a big number. It was about golf's magic number. 

“This isn't a time for me to lay it up,” Thomas said Thursday at the Sony Open. 

He hit a five-iron so clean and so high that it carried 207 yards into a light Pacific breeze to 15 feet on the par-five ninth hole at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. Thomas poured in the eagle putt for an 11-under 59, becoming the seventh player to post a sub-60 round in PGA Tour history. 

For a brief moment, he...

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