Record crowd sees Thomas win Honda Classic playoff

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Two factors help bring out huge crowds to the Honda Classic - great weather and Tiger Woods. The combination of the two of them this week - helped smash the previous tournament attendance record.

The final tally for this year's event - two hundred and twenty four thousand people came in through the gates at PGA National, that's a ten percent jump from last year's previous record. When the Honda first came to PGA National, it only drew 83 thousand people. At times it felt like they all were following Tiger. But those that stuck to the end, saw a very worthy champion crowned on the 18 green.

PGA National, with its wind and fast greens posed a very difficult test to all 140 golfers, but the best in the field, stood tall at the end.

Jupiter's Justin Thomas, ranked fourth in the world, went to the final hole, tied with Luke List. The smiling List was sitting on the 18th green with his second shot. After being in the rough, Thomas needed to get a chip close. He hit it to within three feet - they both carded birdies, and went back to the 18th tee for the playoff.

Let's rewind 52 weeks ago, Rickie Fowler won the Honda Classic and Thomas was there on the green to congratulate him.

Back to this year, and there's a Fowler, with a good place to watch. List's birdie putt had a chance, but Thomas's birdie putt is the one that goes down.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year, the best player in golf in 2017, now has a big 2018 win.

And a friend that knows how to return a favor.

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