"When I had my (final) putt, I marked it and turned around and just happened to see my parents, saw my grandma and grandpa, and I just got a huge knot in my throat and had to put my head down".
Thomas, who will defend his PGA Championship title next week at the last major of the year, has found form at the right time. Now the question is if he can do it again.
PGA golfer Justin Thomas tees off on the 3rd hole during the third round of the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club - South Course.
Thomas, ranked third in the world, has had just one top-10 finish in his past eight tournaments and missed the cut at the Open Championship in his most recent event.
Speaking of Tiger. will Tiger Woods win his 15th major championship?
"The back nine's a little more challenging, but I still gave myself a lot of opportunities on the back nine". He finished T4 at the Quicken Loans National and T6 at The Open Championship.
Day signed for a 73 to sink to a share of 10th at seven under, while Leishman also carded 73 to finish a shot back in a tie for 14th. He won the last of his 14 PGA Tour titles in 2008.
Poulter already has won at the Houston Open in what has been a big turnaround for the Englishman, who is on the cusp of qualifying for the Ryder Cup.
CBS Sports will be with you the entire way Saturday updating this story with the latest scores, analysis and highlights throughout Round 3 of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, particularly while Woods is on the course. He joined Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson as three-time winners this season.
Can Jordan Spieth complete the career grand slam?
"I'm glad I finally played well around here", said Thomas, who claimed his first victory in an elite World Golf Championships event on a course where hasn't fared so well in the past.
Spieth finished T13 and T28 at the PGA Championship in the last two years. In many respects, it was the precursor to the World Golf Championships by bringing in winners from around the world.
And the rest of the players on the PGA Tour aren't that close. "Wasn't very sharp that first day, but I made everything". That allowed him to regain the lead over Anthony Quayle, who had made eagle on the same hole moments earlier and closed with a 63.
Mickelson has made impressive strides in his putting.
Also the 2014 and 2015 victor at TPC Twin Cities, the 57-year-old Perry matched Hale Irwin's tournament record of three victories in the final edition of the event that started in 1993 at Bunker Hills.
RENO, Nev. - Andrew Putnam won the Barracuda Championship for his first PGA Tour title, holding off Chad Campbell by four points in the modified Stableford scoring event.
The Bridgestone Invitational field includes the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, along with members of the Presidents Cup teams and the winners of selected tournaments on the PGA Tour and other global tours.