September 14, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Justin Thomas won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on Sunday for his first Tour title, beating Richard Sterne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff after Sterne blew a late three-stroke lead.

Thomas hit a wedge from 79 yards to 2 feet to set up his winning birdie on the par-4 18th. Sterne missed a birdie putt after leaving his approach 20 feet short and right.

Playing the four-event Tour Finals for PGA Tour priority after wrapping up a tour card with a top-25 finish on the regular-season money list, Thomas earned $180,000 to jump from fifth to third with $470,470 with one event left.

The 21-year-old former Alabama player closed with a 1-under 70 to match Sterne at 6-under 278 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Sterne bogeyed Nos. 15-17 and parred the 18th for a 70. The South African earned $108,000 for a Finals total of $111,800, more than enough for a PGA Tour card.

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