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Thomas wins CJ Cup, fifth 2017 title

Winner Justin Thomas of the United States poses with his trophy after winning the CJ Cup golf tournament at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Park Ji-ho/Yonhap via AP)

JEJU, South Korea (AP) Justin Thomas beat Australia's Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the inaugural CJ Cup in South Korea and cap his breakout year on the PGA Tour.

Thomas sealed his fifth PGA title in 2017 - and his first of the new 2017-18 PGA season - when he birdied the second extra hole and Leishman made bogey after finding the water.

The pair went to a sudden-death playoff after completing the first U.S. PGA Tour regular-season event in South Korea tied at 9-under 279.

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Money Leaders: PGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Justin Thomas $1,766,500
2 Pat Perez $1,562,938
3 Brendan Steele $1,247,250
4 Marc Leishman $999,000
5 Cameron Smith $895,000
6 Keegan Bradley $779,759
7 Tony Finau $742,213
8 Whee Kim $486,836
9 Anirban Lahiri $477,938
10 Luke List $461,468
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