Nationwide continued to showcase up-and-coming golfers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship by giving 21-year-old Justin Thomas a spotlight to sink a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole.
Thomas defeated Richard Sterne during play at the extension of the PGA TOUR held Sept. 8-14 at the Ohio State University Golf Club Scarlet Course. Each finished with 72-hole totals of 6-under-par 278.
Thomas capped victory after hitting a wedge from 75 yards out, then putting it in the cup for his first professional victory in his 20th start on the Web.com Tour.
He earned $180,000 with the win.
Cancer research and treatment targeted
Over the past 7 years, the Championship has donated more than $3 million to the pediatric cancer program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
In 2013, the tournament raised $750,000 - the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament for the hospital in the history of Web.com Tour event.
Tourney pares down golfers for PGA play
The Tour identifies players who are ready to compete and win on golf's biggest stage.
The 2014 Championship is the third of 4 tournaments to determine the 50 players who earned PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2014-2015 season.